NYAS Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium 2017

Dirk Trauner is one of the featured speakers at The New York Academy of Sciences Chemical Biology Discussion Group's Year-End Symposium on May 24, 2017 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.  For details about the symposium, click here.

Controlling Biological Function with Photopharmacology
Dirk Trauner, PhD, New York University

Light can be used to control biological events with unmatched temporal and spatial precision, which explains the current excitement about optogenetics. Over the last decade, our group has developed a chemical variant of optogenetics that relies on synthetic photoswitches (photopharmacology). These can be tethered covalently or bind non-covalently to a wide variety of proteins, including ion channels, GPCRs, enzymes, molecular motors, and components of the cytoskeleton, effectively turning them into photoreceptors. I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of photopharmacology and its potential in biology and medicine, in particular with respect to restoring vision, controlling beta-cell function and fighting cancer.

NYU Professor of Chemistry Paramjit Arora is on the steering committee of the NYAS Chemical Biology Discussion Group, which also serves as the Organic Topical Group for the American Chemical Society's New York Chapter.  The group generally hosts two to three events per year.



Updated on 05/17/2017