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Bioinspired Materials
Gordon Research Conference

Exploiting Biological Concepts and Strategies in Functional Synthetic Materials

Dates

June 22-27, 2014

Location

Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME

Organizers

Chair:
Phillip B. Messersmith

Vice Chair:
Timothy J. Deming

Meeting Description

Biological organisms evolve within specific environmental constraints, giving rise to elegant and efficient strategies for fabricating materials that often outperform man-made materials of similar composition. A main goal of the interdisciplinary field of bioinspired materials is to unlock the secrets of this process - the composition, processing, self-assembly, hierarchical organization and properties of biological materials - and use this information to synthesize and engineer novel functional materials for a variety of practical applications. Bioinspired concepts are becoming increasingly integrated into materials and devices intended for the consumer, industrial, medical, military and energy sectors. The 2014 Gordon Conference on Bioinspired Materials seeks to capture the excitement of this burgeoning field by offering a cutting-edge scientific program delivered by roster of distinguished invited speakers and discussion leaders who will address the key issues in the field. Planned sessions include DNA and Protein Assemblies, Peptide Self-Assembly, Polypeptides and Engineered Proteins, Glycomimetics, Immunomaterials, Catechols/Catecholamines/Polyphenols, Zwitterionic Polymers, Structure and Mechanics of Biological Materials and Mineralized/Hybrid Materials, and Noncovalent and Adaptive Materials. Invited speakers and discussion leaders represent a variety of scientific disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanical engineering and bioengineering. The conference is intended to promote cross-disciplinary fertilization of new ideas in this emerging field and will create a cohesive community by promoting interactions between junior scientists with prominent senior investigators.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Bioinspired Materials" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmGlycomimetics
Discussion Leader: Matthew Gibson (University of Warwick)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmLaura Kiessling (University of Wisconsin)
"Glycoprotein Mimics for Probing Immunity and Tolerance"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmKatharina Ribbeck (MIT)
"Bioinspired Hydrogels - Tuning Selective Transport and Microbial Interactions"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPeptides and Zwitterions
Discussion Leader: Phil Messersmith (Northwestern University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSam Stupp (Northwestern University)
"Two Tales of Bioinspired Supramolecular Materials Design: Capturing Sunlight and Talking to Cells"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania)
"Marker of Self Inhibition of Phagocytosis: Mechanisms and Materials Applications"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmShaoyi Jiang (University of Washington)
"Molecular Understanding, Design and Development of Zwitterionic Functional Materials"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmImmunomaterials
Discussion Leader: Evan Scott (Northwestern University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJeff Hubbell (EPFL)
"Engineering Bioaffinity Between Growth Factors and the Extracellular Matrix"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJoel Collier (University of Chicago)
"Peptide Assemblies for Immunomodulation"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMineralized/Hybrid Materials, Biophotonics and Catechols
Discussion Leader: LaShanda Korley (Case Western Reserve University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amLara Estroff (Cornell University)
"Structure and Mechanical Properties of Biogenic and Synthetic Calcite Single Crystals"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDan Morse (UC-Santa Barbara)
"Biophotonics: Tunable Control of Camouflage, Communication and Enhancement of Photosynthesis in Molluscs"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAranzazu del Campo (MPI-Mainz)
"Dynamic Mimics of the Extracellular Matrix"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe New Organic Architecture: Form and Function with DNA and Proteins
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Cha (University of Colorado)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmRoman Jerala (University of Ljubljana)
"Designed Modular Protein Structures - A Path Unexplored by Nature?"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmHanadi Sleiman (McGill University)
"DNA Cages and Nanotubes: Synthesis and Biological Properties"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBioinspired Synthetic Polymers
Discussion Leader: Jeremiah Johnson (MIT)
9:00 am - 9:40 amZhibin Guan (UC-Irvine)
"Biomimetic Design of Dynamic and Self-Healing Polymers"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amKazuhiko Ishihara (University of Tokyo)
"Functionalization of Extremely Biocompatible Phospholipid Polymers"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:45 amAli Miserez (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Squid Sucker Ring Teeth (SRT): A Supra-Biomolecular Network Reinforced by Nano-Confined Beta-Sheets that Are Encoded by an Ancient Gene Family"
11:45 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmAaron Esser-Kahn (University of California-Irvine)
"Synthetic Immunomodulatory Materials - Probing a Code Without a Key"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmMeital Reches (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"Probing the Interactions of Individual Biomolecules with Inorganic Substrates"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPeptides and Polymers at Interfaces
Discussion Leader: Aaron Lau (Strathclyde University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmRajesh Naik (Air Force Materials Lab)
"Evolution and Intelligent Design of Peptide Recognition Elements"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmHaeshin Lee (KAIST)
"Bio-Inspired Adhesive Polymers at Interfaces in Energy Storage Devices"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPolypeptides and Engineered Proteins
Discussion Leader: Tim Deming (UCLA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJianjun Cheng (University of Illinois-Urbana)
"Functional Polypeptide and Polyurea Materials"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAshutosh Chilkoti (Duke University)
"Discovery of a Vast New Family of LCST and UCST Peptide Polymers"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMatt Francis (University of California - Berkeley)
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmPolyphenols and Functional Fibers
Discussion Leader: Niels Holten-Andersen (MIT)
5:30 pm - 6:10 pmMarkus Buehler (MIT)
"Biomateriomics of Functional Fibers"
6:10 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:10 pmFrank Caruso (University of Melbourne)
"Metal-Polyphenol Networks: From Nanoengineered Thin Films to Functional Particles"
7:10 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 EB 018723-01 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

The views, opinions, and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy, or decision, unless so designated by other documentation.
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