Workshop Details
Proton Transfer in Biology
07/09/2018 - 07/13/2018
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.


The registration fee includes breakfast on each workshop day, as well as one catered lunch. There is also a catered picnic on Wednesday night.

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Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 West Colorado Ave Telluride CO 81435

Proton Transfer in Biology Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Adelroth, Pia Stockholm University
Agmon, Noam The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bondar, Ana Nicoleta Freie Universität Berlin
DeCoursey, Thomas Rush University
Garcia-Moreno, Bertrand Johns Hopkins University
Gennis, Robert University of Illinois
Gunner, Marilyn City College of New York
Heberle, Joachim Free University Berlin
Hellwig, Petra University of Strasbourg, CNRS
Hosler, Jonathan University of Mississippi Medical Center
Kaila, Ville Technical University Munich
Lin, Hai University of Colorado Denver
Moore, Ana Arizona State University
Moore, Thomas Arizona State University
Osyczka, Artur Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Pines, Dina Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Pines, Ehud Ben-Gurion University
Sazanov, Leonid Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Schlesinger, Ramona Freie Universität Berlin
Stuchebrukhov, Alexei UC Davis
Swanson, Jessica University of Chicago
Voth, Gregory The University of Chicago

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