Norwegian Biochemical Society
The Ås branch of NBS is delighted to welcome you to next years Contact-meeting for scientific discussions, chats with exhibitors, winter-activities and social gatherings.
We provide a scientific program of high quality with 10 outstanding plenary speakers spanning a wide range of topics, in addition to selected presentations from the abstracts and poster sessions.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Associate professor Gro Amdam
, Arizona State University, USA and UMB, Norway Amdam’s research centers on the molecular genetics of advanced social behavior and its interplay with physiology, such as in division of labor, food choice behavior, and aging. Her awards include those of the PEW Charitable Trust (USA), the Outstanding Young Investigator program (YFF, Norway); the WIKO Institute of Advanced Study (Germany) and the ASU Defining Edge Research program (USA).
Professor Leif Andersson
, Uppsala University and SLU, Sweden Leif Andersson is professor in Functional Genomics and Molecular Animal Genetics. Leif Andersson and his group perform genetic studies of domestic animals to advance our understanding of genotype-phenotype relationships. The overall aim is to identify functionally important mutations that provide new insight into basic biology and that lead to practical applications in agriculture and human medicine.
Professor Alex Bateman
, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK Alex Bateman's scientific goal is to completely and accurately classify all proteins and RNA sequences into families to better understand their function and evolution. The results can be found in the Pfam and Rfam databases. More recently he has been exploring using Wikipedia as a method for crowd-sourcing biological annotation. Alex was awarded the 2010 Benjamin Franklin award for Open Access in the Life Sciences.
Professor Anne Dell
, Imperial College London, UK Anne Dell’s research is devoted to the development of ultra-high sensitivity mass spectrometric strategies and their application to biologically important structural problems in the field of glycobiology aimed at defining the biological roles that carbohydrates play in health and disease. Anne has received the Tate & Lyle and Haworth Medals of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Roy L. Whistler Award of the International Carbohydrate Organisation and the International Glycoconjugates Organisation Award. Anne was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 in recognition of services to sciences.
Sir Alan R. Fersht
Sir Alan R. Fersht
, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology UK Sir Alan Fersht enjoys combining methods and ideas of molecular and structural biology with those from biophysics and chemistry to study the structure, activity, stability and folding of proteins, and the role of protein misfolding and instability in cancer and disease. He is solving the structure of p53, which is a paradigm for a partly disordered protein, by combining a variety of structural methods. Alan Fersht has won several international awards, and was knighted in 2003 for his work on protein science, and has honorary degrees from Uppsala, Brussels, Weizmann Institute, Imperial College and The Hebrew University.
Professor Geoff Fincher
, University of Adelaide and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, Australia Geoff Fincher’s research interests are focused on the non-cellulosic polysaccharides of plant cell walls in cereals, where he and his group have made a number of important contributions to our understanding of cell wall biology. Geoff Fincher has received several awards including the F.B Guthrie award honoring pioneering cereal scientists and the Corresponding Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biology.
Professor Colin Hill
, University College Cork, Ireland Colin Hill’s principal research interests are bacteriocins and the microbiology of the the gut. He is an author on almost 300 scientific papers, was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009 and has been awarded a D.Sc in recognition of his published work.
Professor Karl-Peter Hopfner
, University of Munich, Germany Karl-Peter Hopfner studies the mechanisms how damaged and pathogenic nucleic aids are sensed and repaired or eliminated by DNA repair and innate immune systems. His laboratory uses techniques such as X-ray crystallography, structural biology hybrid methods, biochemistry and cell biology to address how sensor enzymes distinguish self from nonself RNA and DNA, or detect and signal DNA double-strand breaks. Karl-Peter Hopfner received the EMBO Young Investigator Award (2003) and is since 2010 EMBO member.
Professor Susan Lindquist
, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT, USA Susan Lindquist is a pioneer in the study of protein folding establishing that protein homeostasis has profound and completely unexpected effects on normal biology and disease. Her work established the molecular basis for protein-based mechanisms of inheritance. More recently she has built tractable genetic models of complex protein misfolding diseases, including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, which are providing new insights on the underlying pathogenic mechanisms. Susan Lindquist has received several awards including the Genetics Society of America Medal, the FASEB Excellence in Science Award and most recently the Max Delbrück Medal and the US National Medal of Science.
Professor Jesper V. Olsen
, University of Copenhagen, DK Jesper V. Olsen received his PhD in Molecular Biology from Matthias Mann’s laboratory at University of Southern Denmark in 2006. After post-doctoral work at the Max Planck Institute, he joined the newly established Center for Protein Research in 2009. Professor Olsen’s research interests are in mass spectrometry-based proteomics. He received the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry Junior Research Award in 2007 and the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Young Investigator Award in 2008. His lab focuses on development of quantitative mass spectrometric tools and technologies for systems-wide analysis of proteins and their modifications, particularly phosphorylation, and they apply these methods to study disease signalling networks.
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