Every Spring the RBC hosts an Annual Retreat at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The retreat is an opportunity for students to present their research and receive feedback from faculty members.
The 2017 Redox Biology Center Annual Retreat at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park will be held on March 31 - April 1, 2017.
This year's retreat will feature a poster session, scientific presentations by students and postdoctoral associates, and a plenary lecture by Dr. Jennifer Dubois, Associate Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman-Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Dr. Dubois' research is inspired by the spectacular diversity of microbes and gene products that have come to light in the post-genomic age. Microbial life has adapted to every imaginable environmental niche – from the human gut to the hot spring – in part by evolving an array of protein-based catalysts. Our longstanding expertise is with biocatalytic processes exploiting atmospheric oxygen and its partners – iron, heme, copper, organic cofactors, or sometimes just a protein environment alone. These carry out reactions that may be essential for bacterial pathogenicity, or which can solve economically important problems in a chemically green way. We likewise are focusing on microbial reactions that couple a redox step to the release or fixation of atmospheric carbon dioxide gas. Studying these catalytic processes has led us to fundamental discoveries about how microbes interact with their environments to acquire and repackage the iron and heme that drive their redox “engines”.
Past Keynote Speakers
2016: Dr. Dennis Winge, Professor of Internal Medicine and Research-Professor of Biochemistry at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City
2015: Dr. Holly Van Remmen, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Free Radical Biology and Aging Program, Full Member of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation ,Oklahoma City
2014: Dr. Tohru Fukai, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago
2013: Dr. Jim Imlay, Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012: Dr. Henry Jay Forman, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of California, Merced
2011: Dr. Frederick (Rick) Domann, Professor of Radiation Oncology in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program at the University of Iowa