New Directions for Sensing Metals in Biology (#424)

Metal ions play many essential roles in biology, but there is still much to learn about their function and regulation. Furthermore, the interaction of therapeutic and toxic metals with biological systems must be better understood. The development of molecular imaging tools for biological metals over the past decade has enabled studies which begin to elucidate these roles. This symposium will focus on recent advances in the field of metal ion sensing, centred around three specific areas of innovation: (1) novel approaches to metal sensing including imaging modalities such as MRI, fluorescence lifetime imaging, etc. (2) emerging targets for metal sensing, including the sensing of 2nd and 3rd row transition metals; and (3) the use of classical fluorescent sensors to uncover new roles of metals in biology.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015