Scientists gather for Yale Chemical Biology Retreat

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Scientists from across Yale came together Friday, November 9, at the West Campus Conference Center for the annual Chemical Biology Fall Retreat. Scott Strobel, the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale and the Vice President of West Campus Planning and Program Development, welcomed guests and noted that the retreat served to connect chemical biology research happening on all three of Yale’s campuses, including Science Hill and the Medical School. “Today is an opportunity to showcase the work of our newest junior faculty as well as senior faculty from across Yale, and to see the latest results of students and postdocs,” he said.

This year participants heard talks from outstanding Yale faculty including Craig Crews, Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Yansheng Liu, Matthew Simon and Candice Paulsen on a range of diverse topics including the molecular mechanisms of pain, Lyme disease pathogens, and the use of high-resolution proteomics in analyzing cancer cells.

Continuing after a student poster session, the event featured special guest speaker Michelle Arkin, Ph.D., Co-director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF. Arkin’s talk focused on “Tackling protein-protein interactions, a biophysical perspective.” Her lab at UCSF develops innovative approaches to screen for chemical tools and drug leads, using biophysical approaches like fragment-based drug discovery and biological approaches including high-content imaging with primary cells and organisms.