The 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Marine Natural Products will provide an interactive forum for sharing the latest research findings and techniques related to the discovery, production, and translation of marine metabolites. The collegial and inclusive atmosphere of the conference will provide ample opportunities for early career researchers and established leaders in the field to exchange ideas and forge new collaborative relationships. There is a renewed focus on natural products that has been driven by the development of improved techniques in analytical chemistry, new screening platforms, and the application of synthetic biology, genome mining, and other transformative approaches to discovery. Powerful new methodologies that expand structure elucidation capabilities will be highlighted, as well as techniques for mechanism of action and molecular target identification. The recent development of marine natural products as bioprobes and drug leads provide exciting new approaches for potential therapeutic applications. Progress in the production and functional role of natural products in the marine environment will also be a focus of the conference. A diverse array of international speakers will describe cutting-edge developments in molecular structure determination, metabolomics, synthesis, chemical biology, biosynthesis, enzymology, and ecology. A Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) that precedes the conference provides an opportunity for students and early career researchers to present their work and exchange ideas with their peers, in a friendly and supportive environment. Two of the GRS speakers will be selected to deliver oral presentations at the GRC.
Note: A number of "selected talks" will be chosen from the poster abstracts, so if you are interested in being considered for a talk, you must indicate this when your abstract is submitted. The deadline for selected talk abstract submission is January 6, 2020.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Cryptic Microbial Metabolites, Unlocking Nature's Metabolic Potential
- Marine Natural Products as Therapeutics and Molecular Probes
- New Tools in the Structure Elucidation Tool Box
- Secondary Metabolite Biosynthesis, Enzymology and Genomics
- Enhanced Screening and Discovery Platforms for Natural Products
- Development and Application of New Enabling Technologies
- Mechanisms of Action and Molecular Targets
- Functional and Ecological Roles of Natural Products
- Keynote Session: Future Directions in Marine Natural Products Discovery