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Marine Natural Products (GRS)
Gordon-Merck Research Seminar

Making Waves in Medicine


March 1-2, 2014


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Laura M. Sanchez

Associate Chair:
Peter Jordan

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Marine Natural Products is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to present cutting edge research by early career researchers on the chemistry and biology of natural products from the marine environment. Abstract submissions that reach across disciplinary boundaries or that connects molecular characterization, genomics, chemical ecology, molecular pharmacology, and chemical biology are strongly encouraged.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Marine Natural Products" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmDiving into Discovery
Discussion Leader: Catherine Roullier (University of Nantes)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmFrank Schroeder (Cornell University)
"Worm Language: A Natural Combinatorial Library and a Xylopyranose-Based Nucleoside"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmA Rising Tide of Innovation
Discussion Leaders: Maria Mansson (Technical University of Denmark) and Clifford Kapono (University of California, San Diego)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDebosmita Sardar (University of Utah)
"Recognition Sequences and Substrate Evolution in Cyanobactin Biosynthesis"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmKenji Kurita (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Compound Activity Mapping: Integrated High-Content Image Based Screening and Mass Spectrometry Based Secondary Metabolite Profiling"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMarnix Medema (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology)
"Computational Strategies for the Genomic Detection of Biochemical Novelty in Biosynthetic Gene Clusters"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKatherine Duncan (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
"Molecular Networking of Genome Sequenced Salinispora Strains"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amA Wave of Microbial Findings
Discussion Leaders: Jennifer Arens (University of Prince Edward Island) and Paul Boudreau (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
9:00 am - 9:20 amBrittney Bunn (Case Western Reserve University)
"Stereoselective Biosynthesis of Isonitriles in Group V Cyanobacteria"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMohamed Donia (University of California, San Francisco)
"Small Molecules from the Human Microbiota"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMichael Freeman (Institute of Microbiology, ETH Zurich)
"Biosynthesis with a Twist - Iterative Processing of the Giant Sponge Toxins Polytheonamides"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAmanda Waters (University of Mississippi)
"An Analysis of the Sponge Acanthostrongylophora igens' Microbiome Yields an Actinomycete that Produces the Natural Product Manzamine A"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmLooking Forward on the Horizon
Discussion Leader: Jason Kwan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmNavid Adnani (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Microscale Co-Cultivation Leads to the Production of a Putative Novel Antibiotic"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmJohn McIntosh (California Institute of Technology)
"Expanding the Chemical Space of Biosynthesis"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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