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Light and Life – A molecular perspective

Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12.00PM to 6.00pm

Speaker(s): Prof Steve Meech, University of East Anglia, Dr Alex Jones, National Physical Laboratory & Dr Helen Bryant, University of Sheffield

From photosynthesis to the circadian rhythm, light is of fundamental importance in the natural world. In the laboratory, whether it is used to image single molecules, initiate reactions of photoactive molecules or probe molecular processes in real time, light is central to many aspects of physical-life science research. This half-day workshop seeks to bring together research into the application of light to measure or control biomolecular processes to identify areas of strength at York and provide a platform for building critical mass.

To promote discussion, three high profile external speakers are confirmed (see below) and we invite contributions of short (15-20 min) talks, posters are also welcome. If you would like to be considered for a presentation or submit a poster please complete this google form, deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday 30 April . Registration for the event will open the 1st week of May, once the speakers have been agreed.

The meeting will begin with refreshments in the Biology Atrium and finish with a drinks reception. Posters will be on display throughout, the external speakers will be asked to judge the posters and determine a symposium poster prize winner.

Confirmed speakers:

Prof Steve MeechUniversity of East Anglia – Steve’s principal research interest is in the development and application of ultrafast methods in spectroscopy to investigate a number of complex systems, including the molecular structure and dynamics of photoactive fluorescent proteins and blue light sensing proteins.

Dr Alex Jones, National Physical Laboratory – Alex’s research interests include developing an understanding of the use optical and magnetic control of biomolecular systems for applications ranging from antimicrobial discovery to future cell and gene therapies. This activity is informed by a thorough understanding of the physical basis of life through high-resolution measurements.

Dr Helen BryantUniversity of Sheffield - Dr Bryant works in the area of genome biology and her lab employs chemists, biologists and clinicians in order to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to translational research. Dr Bryant’s work includes the development of novel photodynamic therapy agents that bind to DNA and induce damage only upon irradiation with specific wavelengths of light.

Location: Dame Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre