We are please to announce our Plenary Speakers for AsBIC 8 are:
University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Butler is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She obtained her PhD degree from UC San Diego and held postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and Caltech before joining the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 1986. Her research interests encompass the discovery of new bioinorganic chemistry in diverse environments with a defined transition metal ion composition.
Specific research interests are focused on microbial acquisition of transition metal ions, including the biosynthesis and chemical biology of siderophores, as well as the mechanistic chemistry and attendant chemical biology of halogenating metalloenzymes. Professor Butler served as President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry from 2012-2014. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.
University of Peking
Professor Peng Chen is now the Chairman at the Department of Chemical Biology at Peking University. He obtained BS degree in Chemistry from Peking University in 2002 and Ph.D in Chemistry with Prof. Chuan He at The University of Chicago in 2007. After a postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute with Prof. Peter Schultz, he started his independent career as an Investigator at Peking University in July 2009 and became Investigator at the Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences in 2011. He was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 2014. His Lab has developed an array of bioorthogonal chemistry tools for protein manipulations in living cells. In particular, he has been interested in applying these unique tools to understanding transition metal-mediated signaling transductions at the host-pathogen interface. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on top scientific journals and magazines including Nature Chemistry, Nature Chemical Biology, and JACS and ACIE. He received NSFC Distinguished Young Scholar Award (2012), China Young Scientists Award (2013), RSC Chemical Society Review Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2014), The Chemical Society of Japan Distinguished Lectureship Award (2015), and Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award in Chemistry (2016).
University of Sydney
Trevor Hambley is Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He has studied and worked at the Universities of Western Australia (BSc Hons(I)) and Adelaide (PhD), ANU, and The University of Sydney and has spent a period of sabbatical leave at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research interests are in the area of medicinal inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on platinum anticancer drugs, hypoxia selective cobalt complexes, and drug penetration and activation in solid tumours. Professor Hambley served as President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry from 2008-10, the peak international body in his research area, and is an Editor of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.
Nils Metzler-Nolte is full professor of Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry at Ruhr University Bochum since 2006. After his PhD and a postdoc in Oxford with Malcolm L. H. Green, his first independent positions were in Muelheim / Germany and Heidelberg (2000 – 2006). His research interests are in medicinal organometallic chemistry, functional metal bioconjugates, and most recently also biocompatible nanoparticles. The Metzler-Nolte group is running the full program of inorganic chemical synthesis and characterization through to cell biology and biochemical investigations. He was Speaker of the DFG-funded Research Unit “Biological Function of Organometallic Compounds” and served as a Council Member of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Nils has won several awards and was Co-Chair of 2016 Gordon Research Conference “Metals in Medicine”. In addition to being Associate Editor for Dalton Transactions since 2013, he serves on the international advisory boards of several other journals, among them the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Science. Nils served as Dean of the University-wide Graduate School and as Vice President for Early Career Researchers and International Affairs of his University and is currently Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Prof. Paine received his M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Kharagpur in 1998. He did his graduate research at the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany and was awarded the Ph.D.(Science) in 2003 with the grade summa cum laude. He then moved to the University of Minnesota to carry out postdoctoral research at the Department of Chemistry and Center for Metals in Biocatalysis. In 2006, he returned back to India to join the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, where he currently holds an appointment as a Professor in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry.
Prof. Paine’s research interests lie in the area of dioxygen activation by biomimetic complexes, bio-inspired oxidation catalysis, mechanistic studies of O2-dependent oxidation reactions. He has been awarded the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Young Scientists (2011) and AVRA Young Scientist Award (2012) for his contributions to the area of dioxygen activation chemistry by biomimetic metal complexes.
Hong Kong University
University of Hyogo and Osaka University
Prof. Tomitake Tsukihara joined Department of Life Science, University of Hyogo in 2008, after he retired Osaka University. He started research of protein crystallography when he was student. He has been collaborating with Prof. Shinya Yoshikawa, University of Hyogo in structural and functional research of bovine cytochrome oxidase since middle of 1970s. They determined crystal structure of bovine cytochrome c oxidase in 1995. It was the first structure of membrane protein complex of animals. He has proposed H-path theory for proton pumping mechanism of cytochrome c oxidase that pumps four protons coupling with dioxygen reduction. The H-path theory has been reinforced with high-resolution and time-resolved X-ray structures of cytochrome c oxidase in several reaction intermediates as well as site directed mutagenesis studies. He had served as President of Japanese Crystallographic Society of Japan (2006-2007) and President of Protein Society of Japan (2008-2009).