2016 Conference

Genetic Code Expansion Conference
August 11-13, 2016, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Ryan Mehl, 
Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Director of Unnatural Protein Facility, Oregon State University
Jason ChinHead of the Centre for Chemical & Synthetic Biology, Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge

Keynote Speakers

David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology, USA
Kensaku Sakamoto, Riken, Japan

Foundational Technology
David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology, USA
Kensaku Sakamoto, Riken, Japan
Kaihang Wang, MRC Cambridge, England
Abhishek Chatterjee, Boston College, USA

Bioorthogonal  Chemistry
Jen Prescher, University of California, Irvine, USA
Kathrin Lang, Technische Universität München, Germany
Qing Lin, University of Buffalo, USA

Imaging and Control
Edward Lemke, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany
Peng Chen, Peking University, China
Kai Johnsson, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Exploring Protein Structure And Function
Satpal Virdee, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
Ben Davis, Oxford University, UK
James Petersson, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Meeting Description

This will be the first Genetic Code Expansion Conference with the aim of bringing together diverse scientific disciplines that focus on developing and using GCE technology. Attendees from industry, academia and other research institutions will convene to discuss the latest techniques and approaches that are widely applicable but not limited to bioorganic chemistry within cellular and molecular processes, drug discovery efforts, material science and development of interdisciplinary research tools and probes. This first conference will be capped at 125 attendees and acceptance will be given to those presenting their research.

This first GCE conference will broadly focus on the development of the technology and selected areas of future impact. Sessions will include foundational genetic code expansion technology, design of new cellular tools to probe biology, chemical approaches that facilitate advances in imaging cellular control, strategies for studying protein post-translational modification, advances in bioorthogonal chemistry and code expansion. Conferees are encouraged to present posters; poster presenters should submit an abstract with their applications on the GCE conference web site. Submission of applications in early 2016 is strongly encouraged because we expect the meeting to be oversubscribed.  A number of poster presenters from among the early applications will be invited to present short talks. Attendees from the genetic code expansion workshop (August 5-11th 2016) will be given preferential admittance to the conference.

Application Deadline for Conference

Please submit your applications for this meeting by July 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until full.  First round of acceptances and awards will be announced March 15. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here.

Conference application instructions:
When applying for the conference, be prepared to provide activities that justify  favorable consideration of you as a participant and contributor to this meeting.  This information is important, as it allows the Conference Chair to make an informed decision when reviewing and accepting applications.

Application Information:
– Application vs. Registration: Completing an application will not register you to attend, nor does it guarantee acceptance to attend.  Registration can only be completed once you have been accepted by the Conference Chair/Committee.  If accepted you will be notified via email with an unpublished link to register for the conference.  Registration and payment arrangements are expected at that time.
– Payments: Payment in full (less any financial support awarded) is required six (6) weeks prior to the start of the course.  Payment will not be accepeted until you have completed the registration process.
– Scholarships: Scholarships to off-set the cost of the conference are planned. The amount each scholarship and number of awards are dependent on applicant merit, need and the level of sponsor support. Application for scholarship can be made during the application process by including a letter that clearly states the amount you’re requesting and provides a full justification for the request.
– Wait List:  We anticipate the meeting to be full before the deadline.  If the meeting is oversubscribed you will be placed on a waiting list.  Applications will be considered at the discretion of the conference chairs.  One application per individual.