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Bioinspired Materials (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Better Materials via Biological Blueprints


June 21-22, 2014


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Hyun Ok Ham

Associate Chair:
Benjamin D. Almquist

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Bioinspired Materials 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.

This meeting will focus on developing materials with improved properties and functions by harnessing the principles of bioinspired molecular design, fabrication, and assembly across the nano, micro, and macroscales. Our mentorship component will cover strategies on defining and articulating a distinctive research agenda for soon-to-be independent investigators.

Related Meeting

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


Meeting Program

1:00 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 pmKeynote Session
Discussion Leaders: Yevgeny Brudno (Harvard University) and Jim DeYoreo (PNNL)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmDaniel Morse (University of California, Santa Barbara)
"Biological and Bio-Inspired Synthesis of Nanostructured Minerals and Nanocomposites"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I (Last names A - M)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBioinspired Synthetic Materials: Design, Synthesis, and Engineering
Discussion Leaders: Abigail Knight (UC Berkeley) and Katharina Ribbeck (MIT)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmNiklas Gangloff (University Würzburg)
"A New Tool for Biomimetic Materials Synthesis: Ring-Opening Polymerization of Polypeptoids from Solid-Support"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAleksandr Zhukhovitski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Suprametallogels Based on Fujita Sphere Self-Assembly"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmHanze Ying (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"Dynamic Urea Bond for the Design of Reversible and Self-Healing Polymers"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmSahar Rahmani (University of Michigan)
"Chemically Orthogonal Three-Patch Microparticles and Their Applications"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFunctional Applications of Bioinspired Materials
Discussion Leaders: Carrie Brubaker (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) and Kevin Vargo (University of Pennsylvania)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJi Hyun Ryu (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
"Intraperitoneal Patch: A Novel Approach for Bio-Adhesives"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amNicholas Stephanopoulos (Northwestern University)
"DNA-Peptide Nanotubes for Selective Neural Stem Cell Differentiation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amKarla-Luise Herpoldt (Imperial College London)
"Multivalent Biological Interactions as Inhibitors of HIV-1 Protease"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAllen Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Engineering Living Functional Materials"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II (Last names N - Z)
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmFaculty Panel Discussion: Defining, Articulating, and Funding a Distinctive Research Agenda
Discussion Leaders: Hyun Ok Ham (Beth Israel Medical Center / Harvard Medical School) and Ben Almquist (MIT / Imperial College London)
  • Jim De Yoreo (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Katharina Ribbeck (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Phillip B. Messersmith (Northwestern University)
  • Daniel Morse (University of California, Santa Barbara)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

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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