Iron-Sulfur Enzymes - Mechanisms and Applications in Energy, Environment and Medicine

Friday, 07. March 2014

UniCat scientists Silke Leimkühler, Holger Dobbek, and Oliver Lenz have been invited to the Gordon Research Conference on Iron-Sulfur Enzymes

Silke Leimkühler

Holger Dobbek

Oliver Lenz

The Gordon Research Conference on Iron Sulfur Enzymes will be held in Stonehill College (Easton, MA) on June 15-20, 2014 with a broad and long-term goal of bringing together the world’s leading experts in iron sulfur enzymes, focusing on enzymatic mechanisms, model complexes, biogenesis, and roles in regulation and human disease in a uniquely cross-disciplinary manner.

The Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat) acts as a sponsor of this prestigious meeting.

Iron sulfur centers provide the focus for fundamental investigations of chemical bonding, spectroscopy, structure and molecular mechanism. Their functions range across electron transfer, acid-base catalysis, radical-based reactions, activation of small molecules (such as H2, N2, CO and CO2), and sensing (where they are agents for cell regulation through transcription (DNA) or translation (RNA)) and, therefore, have numerous implications for health, medicine, environment and applications for technology (including renewable energy).

The conference has tremendous breadth, featuring topics that range from fundamental iron sulfur chemistry, mechanistic investigation of iron sulfur enzymes and iron sulfur biogenesis to eukaryotic iron/sulfur metabolism and an emerging class of diseases related to abnormality of iron sulfur biogenesis. Chemists, biochemists, structural biologists, molecular biologists and medical researchers will be brought together in this meeting to catalyze further progress in the field.

Chair of this Gordon Research Conference is Markus Ribbe. Vice Chair is Jonas C. Peters.

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 18, 2014: