Department of Chemistry

A. I. Scott Medal Symposium for Biological Chemistry

Professor A. Ian Scott, an internationally acclaimed and pioneering chemist, came to Texas A&M University in 1977 and achieved worldwide renown for his work with vitamin B12, the essential life pigments chlorophyll and heme, the cancer drug taxol, and other antibiotics that fundamentally impacted the field of biosynthetic investigation and helped revolutionize both organic and natural product chemistry.

On October 21st and 22nd, 2016 we celebrated the tremendous scientific contributions Scott made during his 30-year Texas A&M career, both to the University and to the international chemistry community, with the A. I. Scott Medal for Excellence in Biological Chemistry.

Invited speakers

Jon Clardy

Harvard Medical School, Scott Medalist

Brad Moore

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Elizabeth Sattely

Stanford University

Steve Grant


Jeff Kelly

Scripps Research Institute

James J. Lalonde


Joel Schneider

National Cancer Institute

Craig Townsend

Johns Hopkins

Martin Warren

University of Kent

Symposium Schedule October 21, 2016

1:00-1:50Poster Session
1:50-2:00Opening Remarks
2:00-3:00Brad Moore, University of California, San Diego, "Biosynthetic Lessons from Meroterpenoid Antibiotics"
3:00-4:00Elizabeth Sattely, Stanford University, "Discovery and Engineering Plant Chemistry"
4:00-4:30Coffee Break and Poster Session
4:30-5:30Jon Clardy, Harvard University, "Genetic Tactics for Molecular Diversity"
7:00Scott Medal Banquet at Christopher's World Grille

Symposium Schedule October 22, 2016

9:00-10:00Jeff Kelly, The Scripps Research Institute, "Adapting the Chemistry and Biology of Proteostasis to Ameliorate Patholog"
10:00-11:00Joel Schneider, National Cancer Institute , "Racemic Hydrogels from Self-Assembling Enantiomeric Peptides: Predictions from Linus Pauling"
11:00-11:30Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:30-12:30Jim Lalonde, Codexis , "Engineering Novel Enzymes for Efficient Synthesis of Pharmaceuticals"
1:30-2:30Craig Townsend, Johns Hopkins, "Biosynthetic Programming in Iterative Polyketide Synthases"
2:30-3:30Martin Warren, University of Kent , "Synthesis of Vitamin B12 Analogues to Follow Cobalamin Trafficking and Investigate B12-Dependent Processes "
3:30-4:00Coffee Break and Poster Session
4:00-5:00Stephan Grant, Pfizer Oncology R&D , "Chemical Modification of Protein Cysteines: Design of Next Generation Inhibitors for Drug-Resistant Mutant-EGFR in Lung Cancer"