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20th German-American Symposium

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Potsdam, Germany - March 10-13, 2016


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 Experience-dependent Modifications of the Genetic Code

Organizers: Susan Harbison and Felix Engel

Introductory Speaker:
Getting at the "Blur" of Disease Genetics
J. Andrew Pospisilik, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics Freiburg 

Using Olfaction to Examine Ancestral Imprints on Descendant Biology
Brian Dias, Emory University School of Medicine

Reprogramming Future Generations of an Animal Using RNA 
Antony M. Jose, University of Maryland

Technologies to Track Non-genetic Phenotypic Programming
Matt Simon, Yale University 

 Life in the Subsurface – the Geomicrobiology of the Deep-Biosphere

Organizers: Sonya Dyhrman and Andreas Held

Introductory Speaker:
Geomicrobiology of the Deep Biosphere
Jason Sylvan, Texas A&M University 

Why Bother About Microbes in the Underground?
Jens Kallmeyer, German Research Center for Geosciences Potsdam

Something New from Something Old? Identifying Factors that Constrain Life 2500 meters Below the Surface 
Kelly Wrighton, Ohio State University

 Microbial Control of Host Behavior

Organizers: Nels Elde and Jens Mutke

Introductory Speaker:
Microbial Control of Host Behavior
David Hughes, Penn State University

Evolution of an Optimal Immune Response
Tobias L. Lenz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

The Role of Gut Microbes in Ant Evolution
Corrie Moreau, Field Museum

 Model Reduction for Complex Systems

Organizers: Melvin Leok and Nicole Marheineke

Introductory Speaker:
Model Reduction of Complex Dynamical Systems
Tatjana Stykel University of Augsburg

Model Reduction of Complex Systems: A Key Enabling Technique for Efficient and Certified Simulation in Real-time Applications and Complex Analysis Tasks
Bernard Haasdonk, University of Stuttgart

Active Subspaces: Emerging Ideas for Dimension Reduction in Parameter Studies
Paul Constantine, Colorado School of Mines

 Oxytocin: Hormone of All Trades

Organizers: Karen Bales and Simone Kurt

Introductory Speaker:
New Avenues for the Treatment of Mental Disorders by Oxytocin: Acceleration of Fear Extinction and Promotion of Sociality
René Hurlemann, University of Bonn

On the Importance of Studying the Brain on a Single Cell Level: A Way to Find and Optimize Treatment Options for Emotional Dyusfunctions?
Benjamin Jurek, University of Regensburg

Oxytocin: Clinical Applications and Challenges for Pharmacotherapy
Suma Jacob, University of Minnesota

 Shining New Light on Chemistry: Frontiers in Photoresponsive Systems

Organizers: Jennifer Kohler and Mike Boysen

Introductory Speaker:
Shining New Light on Chemistry: Frontiers in Photoresponsive Systems
Stefan Hecht, Humboldt University Berlin

Playgrounds, Opportunities and Limitations of Light-induced Chemical Reactions
Axel Jacobi von Wangelin, University of Regensburg

Photochemistry, Stereochemistry and the Origin of Life
Teshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Solid State Materials for Fault Tolerant Quantum Computation

Organizers: Derek Stein and Ursula Wurstbauer

Introductory Speaker:
Protecting Electronic and Photonic Wave Transport through Topology
Mikael Rechtsman, Pennsylvania State University

HgTe as a Topological Insulator
Christoph Brüne, University of Würzburg

How to Create Majorana Fermions in the Solid State
Katja Nowak, Cornell University

The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Major support is provided by the Kavli Foundation, with additional funding from the National Academy of Sciences.

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