BIT's 11th Annual World Protein & Peptide Conference (PepCon-2018)
★ Scientific Program

Keynote Forum

Time: 09:20-12:00, March 26, 2018 (Monday)
Place: Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Moderator
Dr. Matthew He, Professor/Assistant Dean, EAI Academician, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University, USA
09:20-09:25
Moderator's Introduction
09:25-09:50
Title: LC/MS Analysis of Cannabis-samples for Cannabinoids and Pesticides Compounds Employing a Compact Mass Spectrometer
Dr. Jack D. Henion,
Co-founder & CSO, Advion, Inc., USA
09:50-10:15
Title: Biologicals as Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors
Dr. Gregg B. Fields,
Professor, Florida Atlantic University and The Scripps Research Institute/Scripps Florida,USA
10:15-10:40
Title: Water in Supramolecular Structures - Function and Properties
Dr. Janusz Stanislaw Lipkowski,
Professor, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland
10:40-11:05
Title: Chirality Generation, Transfer and Measurement in the Crystalline State
Dr. Reiko Kuroda, Professor, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
11:05-11:30
Title: Contribution of Microbiome to Human Blood Peptide Pool
Dr. Vadim Tikhonovich Ivanov, Director, Shemyakin & Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
11:30-11:55
Title: The Effect of Solvation Processes on Amino Acids- and Peptide-silica Stationary Phases in/for HPLC Separation of Biologically Active Compounds
Dr. Boguslaw Buszewski,
Chairman, Committee of Analytical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences; Professor, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

 

Track 1-1: Biomimetics of Peptide and Protein Structure and Function

Time: Day 1, Afternoon, March 26, 2018
Place: Salon C & D, 2nd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Gregg B. Fields, Professor, Florida Atlantic University and The Scripps Research Institute/Scripps Florida, USA
13:30-13:35
Chair's Introduction
13:35-13:55
Title: Amyloid β25-35 Aggregation, Membrane Binding, and Cholesterol-Dependent Pore Formation
Dr. Suren A. Tatulian, Professor, University of Central Florida, USA
13:55-14:15
Title: Triple-helical Peptide Models For Studying Protein-Protein Interactions Modulated by Collagen Post-translational Modifications
Dr. Gregg B. Fields, Professor, Florida Atlantic University and The Scripps Research Institute/Scripps Florida, USA
14:15-14:35
Title: Synthesis of Congested Unnatural α-Amino Esters by Anion-Binding Catalysis: Applications to Non-ribosomal Peptides and Natural Products
Dr. Stephane P. Roche, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA
14:35-14:55
Title: Novel Opioid Peptides for Intranasal Delivery to Brain
Dr. Predrag Cudic, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA
14:55-15:15
Title: Comprehensive Variations for Protein Conformation
Dr. Jiaan Yang,
Adjunct Professor, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
15:15-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-15:50
Title: Polaron Transport in Linear Peptides for a Generalised Davydov-Scott Model
Dr. Bernard M. A. G. Piette, Reader, Durham University, UK
15:50-16:10
Title: Mechanistic Insights into Protein Amyloidogenesis
Dr. Deguo Du, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA
16:10-16:30
Title: Expression of Megalin Receptor and Disabled-2 Adaptor Protein Are Reduced in Cytotrophoblast Cells in Response to Cytoadhesion of Plasmodium falciparum-infected Erythrocytes in Vitro
Dr. Andrew V. Oleinikov, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA
16:30-16:50
Title: Probing Biological Roles of Tumor-associated MUC1 Using Chemical Approaches
Dr. Mare Cudic, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA
16:50-17:10
Title: Targeting Matriptase in Breast Cancer
Dr. Maciej J. Stawikowski, Assistant Scientist, Florida Atlantic University, USA
17:10-17:30
Title: Biotic/Abiotic Interface Manipulation of Functional Nanomaterials Using Peptides
Dr. Nicholas M. Bedford,
University of New South Wales, Australia

 

Track 1-2: Proteins, Diseases and Health

Time: Day 2, Morning, March 27, 2018
Place: Sunset, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Suraiya Rasheed, Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Co-chair
Dr. Tanya W. Moseley, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Breast Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
08:30-08:35
Chair's Introduction
08:35-09:00
Dr. Tanya W. Moseley, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Breast Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
09:00-09:25
Title: Identification of HIV-modulated Cellular Proteins Involved in Neurodegeneration
Dr. Suraiya Rasheed, Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
09:25-09:50
Title: Serine 178 of Human Mcl-1 is Critical for the Protective Effect of cAMP on TNF-alpha Induced Mcl-1 Degradation
Dr. Hisakazu Fujita, Associate Professor, Osaka City University, Japan
09:50-10:15
Title: Optical Tweezers are Innovative Method to Study Adhesion Changes in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) Cells
Dr. Marta Wozniak, Assistant Professor, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland
10:15-10:30
Coffee Break
10:30-10:55
Title: Selective Elimination of Oxidized RNA as a General Mechanism of Cellular RNA Quality Control
Dr. Zhongwei Li, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, USA
Title: Molecular Breast Imaging in the Evaluation of Breast Cancer Treatment Response
10:55-11:20

Title: Non-Linear Dynamics of Protein Folding: The Anti-Chaos of Life
Dr. Bernard S. Gerstman, Chairman, Department of Physics, Florida International University, USA

11:20-11:45
Title: The Role of Adherens and Gap Junction Proteins in the Development of Heart Failure
Dr. Cibele M. Prado, Researcher, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
11:45-12:10
Title: Metabolomics Study of the Effects of Inflammation, Hypoxia, and High Glucose on Isolated Human Pancreatic Islets
Dr. Marta García-Contreras, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Miami, USA

 

 Track 1-3: Protein Intrinsic Properties and Functions

Time: Day 2, Afternoon, March 27, 2018
Place: Sunset, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Jean-Yves Le Questel,Professor, Université de Nantes, France
Co-chair
Dr. Jeffrey L. Urbauer, Associate Professor, The University of Georgia, USA
13:30-13:35
Chair's Introduction
13:35-13:55
Title: Cellular Communication: Novel Endocannabinoid-like Lipids, Fruit Flies and Other Insects, N-Acyltransferases, And Subtraction Lipidomics
Dr. David J. Merkler, Professor, University of South Florida, USA
13:55-14:15
Title: Mechanistic and Structural Insights on the IL-15 System through Computations and Experiments
Dr. Jean-Yves Le Questel, Professor, Université de Nantes, France
14:15-14:35
Title: Biased Signaling through G Protein-coupled Receptors. Focus on Muscarinic M3 Receptor and Pilocarpine
Dr. Vladlen Z. Slepak, Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA
14:35-14:55
Title: Investigating the Mechanisms of an Anti-freeze Protein: Large-Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Dr. Yasuhiro Kajima, Professor, Nagoya Zokei University, Japan
14:55-15:15
Title: The mRNA Closed-loop Conformation Favors Protein Synthesis Preferentially at the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) Surface
Dr. Stephane Pyronnet,
Research Director, INSERM Toulouse, France
15:15-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-15:50
Title: Methionine Oxidation in Proteins: What We've Learned from Calmodulin
Dr. Jeffrey L. Urbauer, Associate Professor, The University of Georgia, USA
15:50-16:10
Title: New Principle of Biopolymer Separation under Gradient Elution with Simultaneous Ultrafast High-resolution Separation by Liquid Chromatography
Dr. Xindu Geng, Professor, Northwest University, China
16:10-16:30
Title: “Molecular Portrait” as a Key Factor of Biomolecular Interactions and Signaling: A Computational View
Dr. Roman G. Efremov, Professor, Higher School of Economics and Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
16:30-16:50
Title: A Simulation Environment for Fast Modeling of Protein Flexibility and Its Applications to Prediction of Protein-peptide Complexes and Protein Aggregation Propensity
Dr. Sebastian Kmiecik, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Poland
16:50-17:10
Title: Comparison of Enzyme-substrate Interactions and Sugar Transfer Activities for Family 6 Glycosyltransferases from B. Taurus, P. Acanthamoebae, and B. Ovatus
Dr. Brittany Stinson, Research Scientist, Florida Atlantic University, USA
17:10-17:30
Title: 50+ Years of Protein Folding: Complementary Views on the Protein Folding Puzzle
Dr. Alexei V. Finkelstein, Head of Protein Physics Laboratory, Institute of Protein Research, RAS, Russia
17:30-17:50
Title: Haptoglobin Preserves Vascular Nitric Oxide Signaling During Hemolysis
Dr. Christian A. Schaer, University of Zurich, Switzerland

 

Track 1-4: Scientific and Technological Frontier of Protein/Proteomics and Peptide Research
- Idea Lab for the Next Generation Explorers

Time: Day 3, Morning, March 28, 2018
Place: Sunset, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Reza Razeghifard, Professor and Chair, Nova Southeastern University, USA
Co-chair
Dr. Modest von Korff, Pharmacist Senior Researcher, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland
08:30-08:35
Chair's Introduction
08:35-08:55
Title: Photochemistry of Zn-chlorophyll Analogues Bound to Synthetic Peptides
Dr. Reza Razeghifard, Professor and Chair, Nova Southeastern University, USA
08:55-09:15
Title: Insects as a Source of Proteins – Future Food. The Impact of Low Temperature on the Mealworm Pupal Stage - Tenebrio Molitor Linnaeus, 1758 (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae)
Dr. Peter Takac, Senior Scientist at Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences and at Scientica ltd., Slovakia
09:15-09:35
Title: A Single Molecule 3D Structure: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Gang Ren,
Professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
09:35-09:55
Title: Genetic Variations in fibrinogen in Czech Population
Dr. Roman Kotlin, Deputy Director, Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Czech Republic
09:55-10:15
Title: Analysis of the Peptide Profile in the Zebrafish Brain
Dr. Leandro Mantovani de Castro, Assistant Professor, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil
10:15-10:30
Coffee Break
10:30-10:50
Title: Deep Data Mining for Protein-disease Relationships
Dr. Modest von Korff, Pharmacist Senior Researcher, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland
10:50-11:10
Title: Immobilization and Orientation Control of Anti-CRP ScFv on a Surface of Polystyrene Latex Beads and Its Application to Latex-Turbidimetric Assay
Dr. Yoichi Kumada, Associate Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
11:10-11:30
Title: Effect of Pre- and Postpartum Supplementation with Lipid-encapsulated Conjugated Linoleic Acid on Reproductive Performance and the Growth Hormone-insulin-like Growth Factor-I axis in Multiparous High-producing Dairy Cows
Dr. Zoltan Csillik, Research and Technical Manager, BASF Lampertheim Animal Nutrition and Health, Hungary
11:30-11:50
Title: H+/Peptide Transporter (PEPT2) is Expressed in Human Epidermal Keratinocytes and Participates in Skin Oligopeptide Transport
Dr. Kentaro Naito, Senior Manager for Fundamental Research Department, DHC Corporation Laboratories, Japan
11:50-12:10
Title: Incorporation of a Spin Label into a Peptide Amide Bond- A Tool for Structural Biology
Dr. Christina Kulis, Research Officer, The University of Queensland, Australia
12:10-12:30
Title: Unravelling the Mystery That is cAMP in Plants
Dr. May Alqurashi, Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Engineering, Saudi Arabia

 

 Track 2-1: Proteins and Proteomics in Drug Discovery

Time: Day 1, Afternoon, March 26, 2018
Place: Sunset, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Sang Hee Lee, Director & Professor, National Research Leading Laboratory of Drug Resistance Proteomics, Department of Biological Sciences, Myongji University, South Korea
13:30-13:35
Chair's Introduction
13:35-14:00
Title: Solvent Interaction Analysis for Discovery and Monitoring of Structural Protein Biomarkers
Dr. Boris Zaslavsky, Chief Scientific Officer, Cleveland Diagnostics, USA
14:00-14:25
Title: Novel Carbapenemase Identified in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Clinical Isolates: A Drug Target
Dr. Sang Hee Lee, Director & Professor, National Research Leading Laboratory of Drug Resistance Proteomics, Department of Biological Sciences, Myongji University, South Korea
14:25-14:50
Title: Cystatins as Anti-metastatic Proteins
Dr. James L. Cox, Associate Professor, A.T. Still University, USA
14:50-15:15
Title: Combating Microbial Infections by Selective Inhibition of Bacterial ATP Synthase
Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmad, Associate Professor, AT Still University of Health Sciences, USA
15:15-15:30
Coffee Break

 

Track 2-2: Proteins as Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Time: Day 1, Afternoon, March 26, 2018
Place: Killian, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Bernhard Fischer, CEO, APEPTICO Forschung und Entwicklung, Austria
Co-chair
Dr. Muhammad Waheed Akhtar, Professor, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
13:30-13:35
Chair's Introduction
13:35-14:00
Title: Modulation of Hematopoietic Gene Expression by Direct Delivery of Synthetic Zinc Finger DNA-binding Domains
Dr. Jorg Bungert, Professor, University of Florida, USA
14:00-14:25
Title: Restoration of ENaC Function by Synthetic Peptides in PHA1B Mutants
Dr. Bernhard Fischer, CEO, APEPTICO, Austria
14:25-14:50
Title: Generation and Characterization of a Unique Reagent that Recognizes a Panel of Recombinant Human Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics in the Presence of Endogenous Human IgG
Dr. Xiangdan Wang, Scientist, Genentech, USA
14:50-15:15
Title: Solnatide: Tackling Pulmonary Permeability Edema from All Angles
Dr. Rudolf Lucas, Program Director of the Vascular Biology Graduate Program, Augusta University, USA
15:15-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-15:55
Title: Fusion Antigens for Serodiagnosis of Tuberculosis
Dr. Muhammad Waheed Akhtar, Professor, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
15:55-16:20
Title: A Novel Approach for Oxidation Analysis of Therapeutic Proteins
Dr. Iva Turyan, Analytical Development Scientist, Biogen, USA
16:20-16:45
Title: A Novel Strategy of Longevity— the Role of Ca2+ Signaling from Nociceptors in Regulating the Aging Process
Dr. Wen-Li Hsu, Assistant Research Fellow, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan

 

Track 2-3: Advances in Proteins Engineering

Time: Day 1, Afternoon, March 26, 2018
Place: Sunset, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Nourredine Boubekri, Professor, University of North Texas, USA
Co-chair
Dr. Donald Jacobs,Professor, UNC Charlotte, USA
15:30-15:35
Chair's Introduction
15:35-15:55
Title: Minimum Quantity Lubrication: Health and Environmental Effects
Dr. Nourredine Boubekri, Professor, University of North Texas, USA
15:55-16:15
Title: AptaAnalyzer™, A New Next-generation Sequencing Analysis Tool for Improved Identification of Peptide and Antibody Ligands
Dr. Michael Blank, Co-founder and CSO, AptaIT GmbH, Germany
16:15-16:35
Title: Artificial C3P3 Expression System for Bioproduction of Recombinant Proteins
Dr. Philippe H. Jais, President and CSO, Eukarÿs SAS, France
16:35-16:55
Title: Decomposing Cooperativity into Stabilizing and Destabilizing Effects upon Site Directed Mutations
Dr. Donald J. Jacobs, Professor, UNC Charlotte, USA
16:55-17:15
Title: Peptide Synthesis on Hyaluronan Based Materials
Dr. Sergej Karel,
Researcher and Leader of Group for Peptides Development, Contipro A. S., Czech Republic

 

 Track 2-4: Peptides for Diagnostics and Therapy

Time: Day 2, Afternoon, March 27, 2018
Place: Killian, 3rd Floor, Miami Marriott Dadeland
Chair
Dr. Aron B. Fisher, Professor of Physiology and Environmental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, USA
Co-chair
Dr. Elizabeth Bromley, Associate Professor, Durham University, UK
13:30-13:35
Chair's Introduction
13:35-13:55
Title: Advances in Research of Peptide Regulatory Action with Help of Transcriptome Analysis (RNASeq)
Dr. Svetlana A. Limborska, Professor, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
13:55-14:15
Title: A Peptide from a Naturally Occurring Protein Inhibits the Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) Activity of Peroxiredoxin 6 (Prdx6) and Protects Lungs in a Mouse Model of Acute Lung Injury (ALI)
Dr. Aron B. Fisher, Professor of Physiology and Environmental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, USA
14:15-14:35
Title: Preparation and Identification of Antithrombotic Peptides Derived from Casein
Dr. Ming Du, Professor & Dean, School of Food Science and Technology, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Dalian Polytechnic University, China
14:35-14:55
Title: TAX2 Anti-cancer Peptide: A CD47/TSP-1 Orthosteric Antagonist Acting at a Unique Angle between Anti-angiogenesis and Immune System Restoration
Dr. Stephane Dedieu,
Professor, Reims University, France
14:55-15:15
Title: Ternary Complex of Human ROR Ligand-binding Domain, Inverse Agonist and SMRT Peptide Reveals a Unique Mechanism of Co-repressor Recruitment
Dr. Masato Noguchi, Special Senior Researcher, JT Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Japan
15:15-15:30
Coffee Break
15:30-15:50
Title: Sequence, Structure, Functional Relationships in Designed Anti-microbial Peptoids
Dr. Elizabeth Bromley, Associate Professor, Durham University, UK
15:50-16:10
Title: Selection of Cancer Targeting Peptides from Peptide Libraries and Their Use in Peptide-drug-conjugates
Dr. Michael Firer, Professor, Ariel University, Israel
16:10-16:30
Title: Role of Food-derived Bioactive Peptides Affecting Cholesterol Homeostasis
Dr. Purnima Kaul Tiku, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, India
16:30-16:50
Title: Development of the Epitope-Derived Peptide as Alternative Detection Element for Rapid Fluorescent Diagnostic Assay to Detect Avian Influenza Virus
Dr. Seon Ju Yeo, Assistant Professor, Wonkwang University, South Korea
16:50-17:10
Title: Design of Selective TACE Inhibitors Using Molecular Docking Studies: Synthesis and Preliminary Evaluation of Anti-inflammatory and TACE Inhibitory Activity
Dr. Ajinkya Pradeep Sarkate, Pune University, India

 

 

 

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