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Chemistry and Biology of Peptides
Gordon Research Conference

Bridging the Gap Between Fundamental and Applied Peptide Science


February 11-16, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Jennifer R. Cochran & James S. Nowick

Vice Chairs:
Richard W. Roberts & Natia Tsomaia

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 14, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Although more than a century has elapsed since the first synthesis of a dipeptide by Emil Fischer in 1901, the field of Peptide Science is more dynamic and vibrant than ever. The 2018 Chemistry and Biology of Peptides Gordon Research Conference will focus on New Frontiers in Peptide Science. The conference will explore cutting edge advances of synthetic and combinatorial methodologies for the design, engineering, production, analysis, delivery of complex peptides and peptide-like polymers. In addition, strong focus will be placed on translational applications of peptides, including their use as diagnostics, therapeutics, and materials.

The 2018 program will feature invited talks from academic and industry leaders in the field from around the world; poster sessions; and, of course in the GRC tradition, plenty of time for discussion and scientific exchanges to continue to build the peptide-science community. To foster discussion of new frontiers being facilitated by early career scientists, this year’s program will feature a session highlighting rising stars in peptide science. The GRC has several programs to encourage and support attendance by underrepresented groups, which we endorse and encourage application for.

Following the success of past meetings, the 2018 GRC will also be preceded by a GRS organized by young researchers, and a GRC Power Hour for men and women attendees to discuss topics surrounding diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Chemistry and Biology of Peptides" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Bridging the Gap Between Fundamental and Applied Peptide Science
    (Jennifer Cochran, James Nowick / Alanna Schepartz / James Wells)
  • Peptide-Based Diagnostics
    (Alanna Schepartz / Greg Thurber)
  • Advances in Peptide and Protein Synthesis
    (James Wells / Brad Pentelute / Lauren Goodrich / James Tam)
  • Cell Penetration and Drug Delivery
    (Lauren Goodrich / Tomi Sawyer)
  • Amyloids and Peptide Self-Assembly
    (Dek Woolfson / Charles Glabe / Wei Qiang)
  • Peptide Design and Engineering
    (Greg Thurber / Andreas Plueckthun / Amy Keating / Dek Woolfson / Les Miranda / Laura Kiessling)
  • Young Investigator Presentations
    (Amy Keating / Jevgenij Raskatov)
  • Next-Generation Peptide Therapeutics
    (Laura Kiessling / Dinesh Patel / Eun Chung / John Dwyer / Rami Hannoush / William Schief)
  • Peptide-Based Materials
    (Jevgenij Raskatov / Sarah Heilshorn / Vince Conticello / Joel Schneider)
  • Power Hour
    (Natia Tsomaia)
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