Quantum Effects in Biological Systems

Berkeley, California
Monday, June 04, 2012

Monday, June 4th 2012

8.30am – 9.00am

Registration and Coffee -- Stanley Hall Foyer

9.00am – 9.10am

Opening remarks

9.10am – 9.55am

Rienk van Grondelle

How photosynthetic proteins switch

9.55am – 10.40am

Roberta Croce

Light harvesting in higher plants: from individual complexes to thylakoid membrane

10.40am – 11.05am


11.05am – 11.30am

Daniel Turner     [video]

Quantum Coherence in Photosynthetic Proteins

11.30am – 11.55am

Tomáš ManĨal     [video]

Vibronic model of long lived coherences in light-harvesting complexes

11.55am – 12.20pm

Ulrich Kleinekathoefer     [video]

Quantum effects in light-harvesting systems: Insights from theory and simulations

12.20pm – 12.45pm

Tobias Kramer     [video]

Protection of coherence in 2d-spectra of the FMO light-harvesting complex by the vibronic modes

12.45pm – 2.15pm


2.15pm – 3.00pm

Judith Klinman

Quantum effects in enzyme reactions

3.00pm – 3.25pm

Thomas Miller     [video]

Dynamics and dissipation in enzyme catalysis         

3.25pm – 3.50pm

Alipasha Vaziri

Quantum Coherence and noise:  Towards experimental verification of quantum coherence assisted ion-transport and selectivity in ion-chanels

3.50pm – 4.15pm


4.15pm – 5.00pm

Paul Brumer     [video]

Coherent vs. Incoherent Excitation of Biomolecules: Rhodopsin Photoisomerization

5.00pm – 5.25pm

Ivan Kassal     [video]

Conditions for coherence in photosynthesis under incoherent light

5.25pm – 5.50pm

Filippo Caruso & Stephan Hoyer

Optimal coherent control of electronic excitations in photosynthesis

Poster session and reception: 6.30pm (Stanley Hall Foyer and Patio)


Tuesday, June 5th 2012

9.00am – 9.45am

Niek van Hulst

Persistent Quantum Coherence and Time-Varying Energy Transfer Pathways in Single Light-Harvesting Complexes

9.45am – 10.10am

Gabriela Schlau-Cohen

Fluorescence lifetime and intensity of single LH2s in solution elucidate protein photodynamics

10.10am – 10.35am

Johan Strumpfer

Excitation dynamics in purple bacteria

10.35am – 11.00am


11.00am – 11.45am

Matthew Francis     [video]

Building Artificial Light Harvesting Systems Using Synthetic Modified Viral Capsids

11.45am – 12.10pm

Masoud Mohseni

Design principles for optimal and robust excitation energy transfer

12.10pm – 12.35pm

Seth Lloyd     [video]

Optimal quantum transport in J-aggregates and photosynthesis

12.35pm – 1.00pm

Elad Harel     [video]

Long range excitonic transport in a biomimetic system inspired by the bacterial light-harvesting apparatus

1.00pm – 2.30pm


2.30pm – 2.55pm

Francesco Pettrucione

Open quantum walks for quantum biology

2.55pm – 3.20pm

Thomas Stace     [video]

Multiscale photosynthetic excitation energy transfer

3.20pm – 3.45pm

Ahsan Nazir     [video]

Strong coupling master equations for excitonic energy transfer dynamics    

3.45pm – 4.10pm

Alan Aspuru-Guzik

A simple witness for coherent electronic oscillations in molecular aggregates

4.10pm – 4.35pm


4.35pm – 5.20pm

Spiros Skourtis     [video]

Electron transfer control: from small molecule to cellular length scales

5.20pm – 5.45pm

Elisabet Romero

Quantum-Coherent Charge Separation in the Photosystem II Reaction Center

5.45pm – 6.10pm

Libby Heaney

The effects of quantum coherence in electron transfer in respiratory complex I

Banquet at Faculty Club – dinner at 7:00 PM:  No Host bar open at 6:30 PM


Wednesday, June 6th 2012

9.00am – 9.45am

Jahan Dawlaty

New nonlinear spectroscopic signatures of electronic couplings in photosynthetic antennae

9.45am – 10.10am

Vivek Tiwari     [video]

Anti-correlated intramolecular vibrations promote electronic energy transfer in photosynthesis

10.10am – 10.35am

Jeffrey Cina     [video]

Impulsive vibrational influence on ultrafast electronic excitation transfer

10.35am – 11.00am


11.00am – 11.45am

Dmitri Chklovskii

How neurons make predictions: insights from early sensory processing

11.45am – 12.10pm

Lev Murokh     [video]

Electron-driven proton pumps

12.10pm – 12.55pm

Luca Turin

Olfaction:  shape or shake?

12:55pm – 2.30pm


2.30pm – 3.15pm

Klaus Schulten     [video]

Quantum biology of animal navigation - History of an idea

3.15pm – 4.00pm

Henrik Mouritsen

The magnetic compass of migratory birds: from behaviour to molecules and cognition                  

4.00pm – 4.25pm


4.25pm – 4.50pm

Ilya Solov’yov     [video]

Decrypting Cryptochrome: revealing the mystery of the photoactivation reaction

4.50pm – 5.15pm

Brendon Lovett     [video]

A new type of radical-pair-based model for magnetoreception

5.15pm – 5.40pm

Gian Giacomo Guerreschi

Optical control of radical pair reactions enhances magnetic sensitivity



Contact Information

  • Phone: +1 510-642-8269 (Rain Simar)

Payment Instructions

  • Registration fee is US$275 before April 27th 2012 and US$300 after this date till May 18th 2012. The fee can be paid by credit card during registration, or by wire transfer after registration. If paying by wire transfer please download these instructions that include the account number, etc.

    Early-bird registration deadline: April 27th, 2012.
    Abstract submission deadline: April 27th, 2012.
    Standard registration deadline: May 18th, 2012.

    The registration fee includes a ticket to the conference banquet. Tickets just for the banquet (for guests) can also be purchased (US$60) during registration.

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