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The following workshops have been organized for our attendees:

How to Incorporate Science Outreach into Your Portfolio – Best Practices and Broader Impacts
         Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committe
         Saturday, March 28, 9 AM, Location TBA

This session will serve as an to showcase past grant recipients from the ASBMB HOPES and Outreach Seed Grant programs, and to promote upcoming ASBMB funding opportunities. The session will also provide insight into the National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts requirement. Learn more

Training the Mind of an Interdisciplinary Scientist
Sponsored by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
            Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:45am - 12:00pm

                 Click here to learn more

Bioinformatics and Modeling Tools for Discovering Functions of Unknown Enzymes
Sponsored by the Enzyme Function Initiative 
             Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:30 - 2:30pm

    The Enzyme Function Initiative (EFI; is devising an integrated sequence/structure based strategy for predicting and assigning functions to “unknown” enzymes discovered in genome projects, a major challenge in genomic biology.  To accomplish this goal, the EFI has brought together multidisciplinary expertise in bioinformatics, experimental structural biology, structural modeling/docking, and experimental enzymology to assign in vitro substrate specificities and enzymatic functions and, also, microbiology and metabolomics to validate predicted and experimentally confirmed in vitro enzymatic functions in an in vivo context.

     A major focus of the EFI is dissemination of its tools and strategies to the broader scientific community.  This workshop will feature background information, tutorials, and example uses for several publically available tools developed by the EFI. This workshop will be of greatest interest to enzymologists, microbiologists, evolutionary biologists, bioinformaticians, and computational chemists.                     

Disease-on-a-Chip: New Frontiers in Biomedical Research
      Sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Monday, March 30, 12:30PM-2:00PM
Room 255

Learn about advanced technologies in pathobiological research which can be used to generate data from human cells and tissues. This workshop will provide the platform for researchers to discuss how novel technologies currently available on the market (e.g., Quasi-Vivo® in vitro cell culture systems) and those emerging technologies that will be available to researchers in the near future (e.g., organ on-a-chip) will facilitate human disease modeling.  Attendees will be introduced to the most cutting-edge technologies and learn how these technologies can facilitate disease modeling at various levels (ranging from molecular to tissue levels) in a way that will enable researchers to overcome limitations of animal models. 

Workshop Presenters:

Charu Chandrasekera, Physicians Committee for Reponsible Medicine
In vitro technologies in hypothesis-driven nasic research, with specific examples from various fields such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. 

Malcolm Wilkinson, Kirkstall Ltd, UK
Demonstration of the Quasi-Vivo in vitro cell culture systems and application of the systems for disease modeling

Martin L. Yarmush, Rutgers University
Microfluidic technology organ-on-a-chip

Chemical and Optogenetic Manipulation of Lipid Signaling Workshop

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:30 - 2:00pm

Workshop Presenters:

Pietro De Camilli, Yale Univ. Sch. of Med. and HHMI
Optogenetic control of lipid signaling

Takanari Inoue, The Johns Hopkins Univ., Sch. of Med.
Chemical switching of lipid signaling pathways