Speakers

We are excited to present the following speakers scheduled to deliver seminars at the symposium. The speakers were selected and invited based on providing a diverse range of topics in effort to make the symposium as applicable and interesting to as many people as possible. 

Professor Helen Blackwell
Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Synthetic Ligands for the Interception of Bacterial Communication: New Languages, New Outcomes"
Dr. Amy Saenger
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Director of Advanced Research and Diagnostic Laboratory
University of Minnesota
"Improving Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction with High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin Assays: Insights from a Clinical Chemist"
Rachel Loeber, PhD
Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry
Leafline Labs, LLC
"The Chemistry of Cannabis"
Dr. Robert Kyne
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry
Celgene
"Ligand-Directed Degradation: A Rapidly Evolving Modality for Drug Discovery"
Jason Dworkin
Chief of Astrochemistry and Project Scientist for OSIRIS-REx
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
“Chirality of Extraterrestrial Amino Acids”
Professor Burckhard Seelig
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
University of Minnesota
"Laboratory Evolution to Study the Origin of Functional Proteins and the History of the Genetic Code"
Professor Ming C. Hammond
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
"Riboswitching on the Light: Imaging Small Molecules Involved in Bacterial and Immune Signaling"
Professor Ronald T. Raines
Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Diazo Compounds: Versatile Tools for Chemical Biology”