27th Annual CBB Conference

Frontiers in Biocatalytic Science

October 16, 2018
The University of Iowa 
Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA

Tuesday, October 16, 2018  Iowa Theater Lower Level, IMU

7:30 – 8:15 am—Registration – Hubbard Commons (outside Iowa Theater Lower Level, IMU)

7:30 – 8:15—Continental Breakfast – across from Iowa Theater Lower Level, IMU

8:15 – 8:30—Introduction and welcome:

            Richard Hichwa, Senior Associate VP for Research, Office of the Vice President for Research and                            Economic Development, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


8:30 – 9:15—“Organism Control of Cellular Defense Mechanism"

Veena Prahlad, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 

9:15 – 10:00—"Science and Engineering of Oxidative Half-reactions of Flavin-oxidoreductase for Future                               Biosensing Enzymes ~ engineering of the electron acceptor preference~"

Koji Sode, Ph.D.,  W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguish Professor, The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and North Carolina State University

10:00 – 10:15—Break-Hubbard Commons (outside Iowa Theater Lower Level, IMU)

10:15 – 11:00—“Atomic Engineering in Ion Channels”          

Christopher Ahern, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

11:00 – 11:45—"A personal journey to develop an enzyme replacement therapy for DLD deficiency,                                       a rare mitochondrial disease

Shane Climie, Ph.D., Principle, Popper and Company, Apsley, ON Canada and Brett Cohen, Founder, LEV Therapeutics, Skokie, IL

11:45 – 12:00 pm—Relocation to 1st Floor Main Lounge, IMU                  

12:00 – 12:45—Lunch- poster session 1, 1st Floor Main Lounge, IMU--S3-Scientific Sales Solutions PDF icon2018 Product Show.pdf

12:45 – 1:30—Lunch- poster session 2, 1st Floor Main Lounge, IMU--S3- Scientific Sales Solutions PDF icon2018 Product Show .pdf    

1:30  – 1:45—Relocation to Iowa Theater Lower Level, IMU

Afternoon Session – Iowa Theater  Lower Level, IMU

1:45  –  2:15—"Inspired by AChE:  Computational Methods for Electrostatics and Diffusion”  

Nathan Baker, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Richland, WA; Visiting Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, RI

2:15 – 2:45—"Dynamic Kinetic Resolution with Azides"   

Joseph J. Topczewski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Twins Cities, MN

2:45-3:30 "Adventures in Serine Esterase Enzymology"

Daniel Quinn, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


3:30—Closing Remarks


Approx. 3:45—Tour of CBB Fermentation Facility (Immediately following end of conference)