Earlier this year, Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry got a new suite of robotic synthesis tools called the Overture and the Symphony X (pictured above), automated chemical synthesizers that assemble custom molecular structures called peptoids.
Peptoid nanostructures, pioneered at Berkeley Lab, have molecular shapes similar to biological molecules like proteins, but are made with synthetic building units akin to plastics. Ultimately, peptoids could be used to make enzymes, antibodies, or chemical sensors that are more rugged than those that occur naturally, says Ron Zuckermann, senior scientist and facility director of the Biological Nanostructures Facility User Program at the Molecular Foundry.
The Peptoid Summit is a friendly gathering of students, post-docs, and PI’s investigating new directions in bio-inspired polymer research. Peptoids are a highly designable polymer system, allowing unprecedented control over the their exact chemical structure. This is leading to advances in a wide range of fields, ranging from biomedicine to materials science. Our community is growing and we welcome new investigators. Come join the discussion and help plan the future of this exciting field! The Molecular Foundry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is proud to host this event.
Date: August 6-7, 2015
Location: Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA.
✦Dr. Ronald Zuckermann (Chair), LBNL, firstname.lastname@example.org
✦Prof. Kent Kirshenbaum (Co-chair), NYU, email@example.com
✦New synthetic methods
✦Computation and modeling
✦Control of chain conformation
✦Combinatorial discovery technologies
✦Therapeutic, vaccine and diagnostic applications
✦Protein mimetic materials
Technical program: There will be a day and a half of 20 minute oral presentations in the plenary session, as well as a poster session on Thursday afternoon. People interested in presenting a talk and/or a poster are asked to submit a title and a brief abstract during the registration process. The Peptoid Summit is open to anyone who wants to attend.
Fun stuff: There will be a dinner on Thursday evening (August 6th) following the poster session. Tours of the Molecular Foundry will be available. There will also be a BBQ picnic on Friday afternoon at a local park, where the collaborative discussions can continue!
Registration: Registration is OPEN!!
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9th Peptoid Summit