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Annual Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium

The objective of the Symposium is to provide an experience and opportunity for our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and neighboring scientists to hear from and meet some of the best scientists in the world. The invited distinguished speakers present research covering diverse topics within the molecular sciences.

The annual tradition of this Department of Chemistry event was started at the same time the Department of Chemistry was established at TSRI with the inaugural event held in 1990. Over the years, we have hosted 106 lectures (by 92 different distinguished scientists) from all over the world whose renowned works are of great interest to the scientific community at both TSRI and the neighboring communities. Of these speakers, we have had an impressive thirteen Nobel Laureates (many receiving the prize in the years following their symposium lecture).

The annual Symposium is held at The Auditorium at TSRI, part of an architecturally renowned complex on the campus of The Scripps Research Institute located on the Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla. Many biotech and pharmaceutical companies from across the globe enjoy participating by both sponsoring a portion of the event and also attending the symposium.

The following speakers have been confirmed for our 29th Annual Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium, to be held on Friday, February 9, 2018:

Robert G. Bergman
Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Bergman Lab Webpage
"The Application of Physical Organic Methods to the Investigation of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms: A Nostalgia Trip Through Organometallic Chemistry of the late 20th Century"

Shinji Murai
Nara Institute of Technology
"Development of New Catalytic Reactions. C-H to Olefin Addition and Carbonylation via Carbyne Complex"

Karen N. Allen
Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Material Science and Engineering
Boston University
Allen Lab Webpage
"Form Follows Function:  Evolution of Protein Scaffolds for Phosphoryl Group Transfer"

John C. Martin, Ph.D.
Executive Chairman
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
About Dr. Martin
“Reflections on the Impact of Nucleotide Antiviral Drugs"

2018 29th Annual Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium Flyer


We THANK the following sponsors for support of our 2018 Symposium:

abbvie abide achaogen
activx arcus alkermes
biogen bms celgene
effector ferring genentech
gnf gsk incyte
janssen lilly millipore
merck pfizer wuxi


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2017 28th Annual Frontiers in Chemistry program

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For more information, please contact our Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium coordinators:

Mishelle McClanahan-Shinn | Administrative Manager
Direct line: 858-784-2738

Department of Chemistry Administrative Assistant

Janise Petrey | Symposium Sponsorship Coordinator

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Department of Chemistry | The Scripps Research Institute
10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, BCC405 | La Jolla, CA 92037
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