Conferences - Seminars

  Tuesday 30 May 2017 11:15 BCH 3118

Endowing Organometallic Chemistry with a Genetic Memory

By Thomas R. Ward, Professor at UniBas and Director of NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, and a pioneer of artificial metalloenzymes, developing systems for synthetic biology, bio-nanotechnology and white biotechnology. His academic career is focused on understanding and harnessing catalysis, as well as combining homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis in bio-organic chemistry. Thomas Ward is currently working towards realizing his DrEAM: the Directed Evolution of Artificial Metalloenzymes.

Recent publications:
“Directed evolution of artificial metalloenzymes for in vivo metathesis”
M. Jeschek, R. Reuter, T. Heinisch, C. Trindler, J. Klehr, S. Panke, T. R. Ward, Nature, 2016, 537, 661.
“Artificial Metalloenzymes Based on the Biotin–Streptavidin Technology: Challenges and Opportunities”
T. Heinisch, T. R. Ward, Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, 49, 1711. 

The conference is part of the NCCR lecture series hosted by NCCR junior scientists.

The conference is followed by a workshop on “Debugging and Evolving Artificial Metalloenzymes: Chemical and Biological Challenges” given by Prof. Thomas Ward and Dr. Tillmann Heinisch, senior researcher in the Ward group, to provide insights into theoretical and practical aspects of artificial enzyme catalysis. Extended time for discussion will allow sharing on these issues.
The workshop will take place on the same day as the talk, 16:15-18:00 (including welcome coffee), in room BCH 1103 at EPFL.
Please register here (deadline May 19). Limited number of seats!


Organization NCCR Chemical Biology


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