Light and Life – A molecular perspective


Wednesday 29 May 2019, 12.00PM to 18:00

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).

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.

If you would like to attend the BPSI Spring Symposium 2019, please register here

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Prof Steve Meech, University 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.

Abstract (PDF , 385kb)

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.

Abstract (PDF , 410kb)

Dr Helen Bryant, University 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.

Abstract (PDF , 196kb)

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Steve Quinn, University of York - Steve specialises in multidisciplinary science across the Departments of Physics and Biology. His work combines recent advances in biochemistry with state-of-the-art microscopy tools to probe the molecular building blocks of human life and disease.

Abstract (PDF , 175kb)

Dr Caroline Dissent - University of York - Caroline's research interests lie in understanding the fundamental properties of a broad range of photoactive molecules and ensembles.  In particular, Caroline's focus is on photoactive biological molecules, as well as molecular systems where their photochemical properties can be applied to health problems.

Abstract (PDF , 7kb)

Manuel Deckart (PhD) - University of York

Abstract (PDF , 174kb)

Dr Deborah O'Connell - University of York - Deborah leads a Physics research group in the area of low-temperature plasmas and their applications with a particular emphasis on plasma medicine.

Abstract (PDF , 266kb)

Jamie Blaza - University of York - Jamie has recently joined  the Chemistry department and is establishing his own group and cryoEM as a technique in the YSBL

Abstract (PDF , 175kb)


Location: Dame Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre

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