June 8, 2012 • 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Chemistry-Biology-Biophysics Interface Retreat

Staybridge Suites, Banquet Room, Lower Level

The annual Chemistry-Biology-Biophysics Interface Retreat will be held June 7th and 8th, 2012. The goal of the Retreat is to increase interactions between groups doing Biology, Chemistry, and Biophysics at the University of Rochester. The Vincent du Vigneaud Lecture is funded by donation through the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, while the Retreat is funded by Provost Ralph Kuncl as a function of the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies (UCIS).

The lectures start at in the Class of '62 Auditorium, URMC) at noon on Thursday, June 7th with the second Vincent duVigneaud Lecture given by Kenneth A. Johnson, Roger Williams Centennial Professor of Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin on the "Role of conformational dynamics in HIV reverse transcriptase nucleotide specificity and the evolution of drug resistance." The second talk, "Making Drugs out of SiRNAs" will be given by Muthiah Manoharan, Ph.D. of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Hutchison Hall, RC, Room 473 starting at 4:00 pm.

On Friday, June 8th, the Retreat will reconvene in the Banquet Room (lower level) of the Staybridge Suites across the river from the University of Rochester. We will begin at 9:30 am with a poster session followed by lunch, student and faculty talks on a wide variety of studies, and a “Career Panel Discussion,” which will include Professor Johnson and Dr. Manoharan, as well as Dr. Jeffrey Bemis (Director of Clinical Studies, Litron Laboratories), Michael Neidig (Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Chemistry), Dr. Anne Schneiderman (Patent Attorney, Harris Beach, PLLC), and Dr. Brendan Mort, (Director of the Center for Research Computing, University of Rochester).

Please email Terri Clark to register: clark@chem.rochester.edu.