Conferences on Enzyme Mechanisms

Enzymology is a key interest of many of the members of the Division of Biological Chemistry. There are several national and regional conferences that highlight advances in our understanding of enzyme structure, function and mechanism.  Note that many of these may be cancelled or postponed due to the current pandemic.  Please check the links below for the most up-to-date information.

Pacifichem Symposium on Reactivity and Mechanism in Chemical and Synthetic Biology

December 18-20, 2020 – Honolulu, HI. The application of physical organic chemistry and mechanistic thinking to the investigation of biological systems provides a strong intellectual framework for understanding the molecular logic of the chemical transformations that occur in living organisms. In turn, these ideas have driven methodological advances in protein engineering, drug discovery, in the evolution of enzymes capable of catalyzing novel reactions, and in the creation of organisms with use in a wide variety of industrial applications. Furthermore, the principles of reactivity have formed the basis for the design and application of new chemical tools to probe biological function in both health and disease. This symposium will bring to light timely and significant results from studies focused on the use of small molecules in studying and manipulating biological systems, and the creation of microorganisms with novel chemical capabilities (e.g., enzyme mechanisms and inhibitor design principles, activity profiling in proteomes, alteration of biosynthetic pathways for creating new chemical entities, and the design and implementation of expanded genetic alphabets within microorganisms). We will identify and showcase young researchers alongside more established names in this field, and the program will include a dedicated session to highlight to work of younger investigators, including post-doctoral researchers.

11th Southeast Enzyme Conference

April 10, 2021 – Atlanta, GA. The Southeast Enzyme Conference (SEC), a one-day annual event, will take place Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will feature eight talks by faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students selected from submitted abstracts. The conference will include two poster sessions to facilitate discussion and collaborative interactions between scientists from all career stages. The meeting strongly encourages the participation of students and postdoctoral associates and provides opportunities for discussions and networking.

6th International Conference on Cofactors (Postponed to 2021)

May 3-6, 2020 – College Station, TX. The Sixth International Conference on Cofactors will take place at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station, TX from May 3rd to May 6th, 2020. Session topics include Pyridoxal phosphate, NAD, Porphyrin-based cofactors, Iron-Sulfur clusters, Radical-SAM enzymes, New cofactor chemistry, Flavins – new themes, Cofactor biotechnology, and Cofactors in human disease

20th International Symposium on Flavins and Flavoproteins (Postponed to 2021)

July 11-15, 2021 – Graz, Austria. The 20th International Symposium on Flavins and Flavoproteins will take place July 12-16, at Technische Universtät Graz in Graz, Austria. From spectroscopy, synthesis and catalytic mechanisms, through enzyme engineering, evolution and signalling, to human medicine. Flavins feature in essentially all aspects of biological chemistry, making this a broad meeting despite its flavin-focus. This meeting occurs only once every three years.

Past Conferences

37th Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference

October 21, 2019 – Chicago, IL. The MECC provides a convenient, inexpensive, and invaluable forum for scientific exchange and collegial interactions among researchers working at the forefront of enzymology and its interface with biomedical and pharmaceutical science. This one-day conference is held annually in the Chicago area. The MECC attracts academic and industrial researchers from over a dozen states in the Midwest, ranging from Minnesota to Texas and Kentucky to Kansas. Posters are welcomed from all participants, but not obligatory. Oral presentations, selected from the submitted abstracts, feature graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and a few faculty (mostly assistant professors) from the region.

26th Enzyme Mechanisms Conference

January 6-9, 2019 – New Orleans, LA. The 26th Winter Enzyme Mechanisms Conference is the 50 year anniversary of the meeting and will be held in New Orleans January 6-9, 2019. New Orleans was the site of the first EMC in 1969 as well. The conference will begin with a reception Sunday evening and conclude with a banquet Wednesday evening. The General Sessions will be held during the mornings and evenings of Monday and Tuesday and morning and afternoon on Wednesday. Posters will be displayed the entire time with dedicated Poster Sessions in the afternoons on Monday and Tuesday. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to attend and present their work in poster format. The Enzyme Mechanisms Conference was founded in 1969 by Tom Bruice, Bill Jencks, and Myron Bender and traditionally focuses on chemical aspects of enzymatic reaction mechanisms. The conference attracts a large audience from academia, industry and government. The EMC is supported entirely by generous sponsorship and registration fees.

Trends in Enzymology and Biocatalysis

May 27-31, 2019 – Rome, Italy. This advanced course provides an opportunity for graduate students, post-docs and junior faculty to interact with an outstanding panel of speakers, all of whom are experts in their field. Over four days our speakers will provide a refresher on the traditional approaches to the study of enzymes, introduce you to modern approaches, and show you the variety of directions the field is headed. Lectures will be presented in the mornings. They will be followed, after lunch, by facilitated small group discussions including, where appropriate, demonstrations and simulations. Participants will be encouraged to present posters in the late afternoon sessions, and to take the opportunity for individual discussions with the speakers, who will be available throughout the course. Before the closing lecture, there will be a panel discussion with representatives of academia and industry providing their perspectives and predictions on what the future holds for careers in enzymological research and development. The course will conclude with a dinner at a traditional Roman restaurant.