We are please to announce our Keynote Speakers for AsBIC 8 include:
University of Melbourne
Anthony G. Wedd is Tasmanian by birth and holds PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Tasmania. He spent a postdoctoral period with Professor Joseph Chatt (University of Sussex, UK) before coming to La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He transferred to the University of Melbourne in 1991 as Professor of Chemistry. His long term interests have been in polyoxometalate cluster chemistry and in biological inorganic chemistry, particularly the relevant chemistries of molybdenum, tungsten and copper. Recent projects involve atomic and molecular characterisation of individual metallo-proteins and their interactions with biological partners to help define plausible metabolic pathways. Work led by collaborator Zhiguang Xiao has established reliable quantitative methods for estimation of metal-protein affinities and, in particular, those for Cu(I) and Cu(II). The methods are a necessary precursor for meaningful thermodynamic and kinetic studies and have now been extended to proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases, to membrane copper pumps and to ceruloplasmin, the ferroxidase of blood.
School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney
Professor Lay completed his PhD at ANU (1981), then was a CSIRO postdoctoral fellow (Stanford University, CSIRO), and an ARC QEII Fellow (Deakin University) before he joined the University of Sydney as a lecturer (1985) where he progressed to a professorship in 1997 and Head of School (2001-2002). He is currently Professor of Chemistry; Director, Vibrational Spectroscopy Core Facility; and Program Co-Leader of the Nanomedicine Flagship Program of the Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and received its David Craig Medal in 2013. He has held two ARC Professorial Fellowships (2002-2007, 2009-2013) and was awarded the Rennie, Burrows and H. G. Smith Medals of the RACI of which he is a Fellow.
His research covers a broad range of bioinorganic chemistry (including anti-diabetic and anti-cancer drug design) and medical applications of biospectroscopies.
Colorado State U
Debbie C. Crans is a Professor of Organic, Inorganic and Biological Chemistry and of Cell and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University where she is Professor Laureate of the College of Natural Sciences. She did her undergraduate studies in Denmark in Biochemistry and Physical Organic Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University. She did her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She established the International Vanadium Symposium and in 2022 she will chair the ICCC-45 in Colorado. She serves both the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is a 2015 Author Cope Scholar and a 2004 Vanadis Awardee. Her research interests are in the areas of organic and inorganic drugs, metals in medicine, membranes, coordination chemistry and spectroscopy, and she works on diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and tuberculosis.
Nicholas P Farrell
Graduate School of Materials Science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Shun Hirota obtained his Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees from Kyoto University. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies at the Institute for Molecular Science in Okazaki. After he did his postdoctoral studies at Emory University, he joined Nagoya University as an assistant professor in 1996, and became an associate professor at Kyoto Pharmaceutical University in 2002. He was invited as a full professor to the Graduate School of Materials Science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 2007. His research interests include structure−function relationships and reaction mechanisms of metalloproteins. He is also working on oligomerization of heme proteins by domain swapping.
College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University
My research interests are broadly centered on bioinorganic/organometallic chemistry focusing on non-native coordination chemistry in living cells, including: 1) luminescent metal probes for living cell imaging. We have developed low toxic, highly luminescent metal salen complexes to explore their ability as probes in molecular imaging. 2) Bioinspired approach to mimic natural tetrapyrrole pigments. We have adopted a biomimetic approach to tetrapyrrole pigments, integrated their optical properties and reactivity, and further examined their reactivity in live cells including cytotoxicity. 3) Small molecules activation. We explored a new method to activate CF bonds, which provided access to biologically active compounds containing fluorine atoms.
Curtis Alexander Davey
Mi Hee Lim
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Professor Kazuya Kikuchi graduated from the University of Tokyo (Japan) and did his postdoctoral training at UCSD with Prof Roger Y. Tsien (USA) and the Scripps Research Institute with Prof Donald Hilvert (USA). He was appointed as a research associate at the University of Tokyo (Japan) thereafter and promoted to associate professor. He was appointed as a full professor at Osaka University in 2005. During this period he became involved in molecular imaging probes development for both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. He is focused both in in vivo imaging and single molecule cellular imaging. He had awarded IBM Science Award in 2008, JSPS prize in 2010, Chemical Society of Japan Research Award in 2011, and Inoue Science Award in 2012.
Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia
Michael K. Johnson is a Regents Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Metalloenzyme Studies at the University of Georgia. He received B.A. (1974) and M.A. (1977) degrees from Cambridge University, England, and M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees from the University of East Anglia, England. He was a U.K. Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of East Anglia and came to the U.S. in 1980 as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. Before joining the University of Georgia faculty in 1987, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. He has served on numerous NIH Study Sections and NSF grant review panels and organized eight Inorganic Biochemistry Summer Workshops at the University of Georgia (1991-2000), the Gordon Research Conference on Molybdenum and Tungsten Enzymes (2003) and the 5th International Conference on Iron-Sulfur Cluster Biogenesis and Regulation (2009). His research interests involve investigating the function and assembly of biological transitions metals centers using spectroscopic techniques such as UV-visible absorption, CD, and VTMCD, EPR, resonance Raman, FTIR, and Mössbauer. Currently his major focus concerns Fe-S cluster biochemistry; specifically elucidating new structure-function relationships for novel catalytic Fe-S clusters and investigating the mechanism of assembly, degradation and repair of Fe-S clusters.
Tej P Singh
Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica
o Porphyrins and metalloporphyrins
- Synthesis and characterization of porphyrin analogues
- The application of porphyrin analogues
o Sustainable Science
- Porphyrin analogues as dyes for DSSC
- Photoelectrochemical production of fuels
o Bioinorganic Chemistry
- NOx and zinc ion sensor
- Nitric oxide chemistry and nitrite reduction
Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
Peter Sadler obtained his BA, MA and DPhil at the University of Oxford. Subsequently he was a Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and National Institute for Medical Research. From 1973-96 he was Lecturer, Reader and Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, and from 1996-2007 Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In June 2007 he took up a Chair in Chemistry at the University of Warwick and was Head of Department for 3 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and the Royal Society of London (FRS), and EPSRC RISE Fellow. Recently he was a European Research Council Advanced Investigator, Mok Hing-Yiu Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Marlies, and Hans Zimmer International Scholar at the University of Cincinnati, Davison Lecturer at MIT, Glenn Seaborg Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Australian Academy of Science Selby Fellow, Swiss Chemical Society Lecturer, Rudolf Zahradník Lecturer at Palacký University, and R.J.P. Williams Lecturer at University of Oxford.
His research interests are centred on the coordination chemistry of metals in medicine, in particular on the design of organometallic anticancer complexes, photoactivated chemotherapeutic agents, catalytic drugs, and the dynamics of precious metals at atomic resolution.