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Biophysical Approaches to Therapies Development

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:00am to 4:00pm

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Biophysical Approaches to the Development of Therapies for Infectious Disease

This Virtual Networking Event will provide a forum for the discussion of the development of infectious disease therapeutics based on biophysical analysis of microbial targets and the interaction of peptides, lipids, glycans and small molecules with these targets. Topics will also include unconventional approaches, including bacteriophages and nanotechnology.

Biophysicists interested in this networking event are encouraged to submit a short abstract (100 words or so) to Nejat Düzgüneş at by October 10, 2020


Event Speakers


Gary R. Whittaker
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Cornell University, USA

Narcis Fernandez-Fuentes
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK

Sebastian Pomplon
Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Ian A Wilson
Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, USA

Nejat Düzgüneş
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific, USA

Peter Kasson
Departments of Molecular Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, USA

Luis Schang
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA


Event Schedule


8-9 am: Gary R Whitaker - "Structural modeling of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein"

9-10 am: Narcis Fernandez-Fuentes - "Design of peptides to target SARS-CoV-2-ACE2 interaction: The Pep/-Covid19 database"

10-11 am: Sebastian Pomplon - "Design of peptide inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 S protein-mediated fusion"

11 am - 12 pm: Peter Kasson - "Mechanisms of influenza virus fusion"

12 - 1 pm: Networking and short presentations

1-2 pm: Ian A Wilson - "Structural insights into the design of novel anti-influenza therapies"

2-2:30 pm: Nejat Düzgüneş - "A universal and versatile anti-influenza medicine"

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Luis Schang - "Antiviral molecules acting on virion lipids via biophysical mechanisms of action"

3:30 - 4:00 pm: Discussion and future directions 

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