Workshop Details
Proton Transfer in Biology (registration fee includes Monday and Wednesday lunch)
07/16/2012 - 07/20/2012
Meeting Description:

Proton transfer reactions are of central importance in all areas of study concerning redox systems, ionic reactions and chemical catalysis, and there is significant recognition of the connection between biological and chemical reactions involving carbon acids and other very weakly acidic functionalities, i.e., the classical area of acid-base catalysis. However, the lack of detailed structural information has greatly impeded meaningful attention being paid to mechanisms of long-distance proton transport, in spite of its central role in bioenergy conversion by chemiosmotic systems. Recent successes in structure determination of the major energy-transducing membrane proteins have now set the stage for real advancement is this area. Just as the photosynthetic reaction center was invaluable for the development and testing of theoretical understanding of electron transfer in aperiodic systems, generally, so can proton transporting proteins can inform such developing fields as polymer membrane designs for fuel cells, non-aqueous electrolyte solutions, and matrix materials for heterogeneous catalysis. This is becoming an important focus area of productive cross-disciplinary exchange. The objective of the conference is to bring together scientists in diverse fields, who share interests in the structure and function of systems that transport protons and water. The emphasis is on long-range movements in biological membranes and model systems, but short-range proton and hydrogen atom transfers are also included to provide understanding of the nature of rate limiting events. The contributing fields include membrane biophysics, electrophysiology, structural biology of membrane proteins, bioenergetics, theoretical approaches to proton transfer, coupling of proton movements to electron transfer and conformational changes, molecular dynamics simulations, computation of protein electrostatics, spectroscopy and sensory transduction.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 West Colorado Ave Telluride CO 81435

Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization Arrival Information Departure Information Interested in Sharing Transportation?
Adelroth, Pia University 7/16
7/20
Agmon, Noam Univ. 7/15
7/21
Y
Arnold, Susanne RWTH Aachen university, Faculty of Medicine, Insti 7/15
7/20
Barry, Bridgette Georgia Institute of Technology 7/15
7/20
Bloch, Dima University of Helsinki 7/15
7/21
Brandt, Ulrich Goethe-University
Brzezinski, Peter Stockholm University 7/14
7/21
Burnap, Robert Oklahoma State University
Cross, Timothy Florid State University 7/15
7/21
Cui, Qiang UW-Madison 7/15
7/20
DeCoursey, Thomas Rush University
Ferguson-Miller, Shelagh Michigan State University 7/16
7/20
Garcia-Moreno, Bertrand Johns Hopkins University 7/15
7/19
Gennis, Robert University of Illinois 7/15
7/21
Gerwert, Klaus Ruhr-University Bochum
Grosman, Claudio Univeersity of illinois at Urbana-Champaign 7/14
7/22
Gunner, Marilyn Physics Dept CCNY 7/15
7/21
Gunner, Marilyn [2nd Reservation] Physics Dept CCNY 7/21
7/22
Gutman, Menachem University 7/15
7/20
Haines, Thomas Rockefeller University 7/16
7/20
Hassanali, Ali University PostDoc 7/15
7/21
Y
Huppert, Dan School of Chemistry Tel-Aviv University Israel 7/15
7/20
Muntyan, Maria AN Belozersky Phys-Chem Biol Institute 7/15
7/20
Nachliel, Esther Tel aviv University 7/15
7/20
Peng, Yuxing The University of Chicago 7/15
7/20
Y
Pomès, Régis Hospital for Sick Children
Sazanov, Leonid Medical Research Council 7/14
7/21
Shen, Jana University of Oklahoma
Silverman, David University of Florida 7/15
7/20
Smith, Susan Emory University
Solntsev, Kyril Georgia Institute of Technology 7/15
7/21
Tsfadia, Yossi Tel Aviv University,
Warshel, Arieh USC 7/15
7/20

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