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Bionanotechnology II: from biomolecular assembly to applications

7—9 January 2009

Robinson College, Cambridge, UK



Organizers:
Tony Cass (Imperial College London, UK)
Dek Woolfson (University of Bristol, UK)

Self-assembly: peptides, lipids and nucleic acids

Wednesday 7 January 2009
10:00 - 12:00
Registration with coffee and tea
12:00 - 13:10 Lunch

13:10 - 13:20
Welcome and Introduction
13:20 - 14:00
pH switchable gelation behaviour of surfactant-like dipeptides: influence of molecular structure and environment
William Frith (Unilever Corporate Research, UK)
14:00 - 14:40
Biomimetic design of nanostructures based on self-assembly of peptides and proteins
Vince Conticello (Emory University, USA)
14:40 - 14:55
Ultra-thin membrane electrodes to study membrane enzymes and quinone diffusion
Selected Oral Communication - Lars Jeuken (University of Leeds, UK)
14:55 - 15:10
Sterically stabilised self-assembling, reversibly cross-linked polyelectrolyte complexes with nucleic acids for environmental and medical applications
Selected Oral Communication - Martin Garnett (University of Nottingham, UK)
15:10 - 15:40 Coffee/tea break

15:40 - 16:20
Enzymatically ordering the nanoworld
Rein Ulijn (University of Strathclyde, UK)
16:20 - 17:00
The exploitation of plant and archaeal viruses in bionanotechnology
Dave Evans (John Innes Centre, UK)
17:00 - 18:30 Poster session and drinks reception (odd numbered posters)

18:30 - 20:00 Dinner

Protein assemblies

Wednesday 7 January 2009
20:00 - 20:40
The structural intricacies of beta-sheet assembly
Louise Serpell (University of Sussex, UK)
20:40 - 21:20
The self assembly of ¿gas phase¿ micelles and the controlled release of membrane complexes
Carol Robinson (University of Cambridge, UK)

Functional materials

Thursday 8 January 2009
09:00 - 09:40
Spider silk proteins as a basis for novel materials
Thomas Scheibel (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
09:40 - 10:20
Protein aggregation - more than just fibrils
Athene Donald (University of Cambridge, UK)
10:20 - 10:50 Coffee/tea break

10:50 - 11:30
Early Career Research Award
Integral membrane proteins in bionanoscience
Paul Curnow (University of Bristol, UK)
10:50 - 11:30
Integral membrane proteins in bionanoscience
Paul Curnow - Early Career Research Award (University of Bristol, UK)
11:30 - 12:10
(Bio)molecule mineral interactions for (bio)technological applications
Carole Perry (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
12:10 - 13:40 Lunch

Biosensors, diagnostics and nanotoxicology

Thursday 8 January 2009
13:40 - 14:20
Inhibitors of protein aggregation and toxicity
Andy Doig (University of Manchester, UK)
14:20 - 15:00
Nanoparticle interactions with biological systems - considering safety
Vicki Stone (Napier University, UK)
15:00 - 15:15
Label free electrochemical detection of DNA hybridisation
Selected Oral Communication - Andreas Kukol (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
15:15 - 15:30
Rational design and protein engineering of synthetic growth factors for tissue engineering
Selected Oral Communication - Nick Brindle (University of Leicester, UK)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/tea break

16:00 - 18:00 Free time

18:00 - 19:30 Poster session and drinks reception (even numbered posters)

19:30 - 22:00 Meeting dinner

The interface between cells and materials

Friday 9 January 2009
09:00 - 09:40
Functionalised nanoparticles for bioanalysis by SERRS
Duncan Graham (University of Strathclyde, UK)
09:40 - 10:20
Applications of nanopipette in bionanotechnology
Liming Ying (Imperial College London, UK)
10:20 - 10:50 Coffee/tea break

10:50 - 11:30
Peptide self-assembly: beta-sheet nanofibers and collagen triple helices
Jeff Hartgerink (Rice University, USA)
11:30 - 12:10
Biotechnology and man: leaping the gap
Martin Birchall (University of Bristol, UK)
12:10 - 12:30
Summary and closing remarks
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (available as packed lunch)