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The 6th Peter Brojde Conference - Quantum Biology

Tue, 16/06/2015
The Neve Ilan Hotel

In recent years, several studies have indicated that "non-trivial" quantum features such as superposition, nonlocality, entanglement and tunneling may be manifested in a number of biological processes. These findings give rise to a new area of research: “Quantum Biology”. Some examples of the biological phenomena that have been studied in terms of quantum processes are the absorbance of frequency-specific radiation (i.e., photosynthesis and vision); the conversion of chemical energy into motion; magnetoreception in animals, DNA mutation, and brownian motors in many cellular processes. The research of quantum biology is still at its fledgling phase, and its essence is under intense debate. However, it bears the potential to be of paramount importance for the understanding of biological phenomena at the fundamental level, and may induce in the future the physical chassis for implementing quantum computing concept The sixth Peter Brojde Conference at explore recent development in this field.

Free registration here

Registration for free transportation from HUJI here

The conference schedule:

  • 08:45-09:15 Registration
  • 09:15-09:30 Welcome
  • 09:30-10:15 Prof. Martin Plenio, Ulm University “Quanta, Vibrations and Biology”
  • 10:15-10:45 Prof. Yossi Paltiel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem “Quantum Random Walk in Biological Phycocyanin Nanowires”
  • 10:45-11:15 Coffee break
  • 11:15-11:45 Ms. Nirit Kantor-Uriel, The Weizman Institute of Science “How to measure spin polarization in electron transfer through bio systems?”
  • 11:45-12:15 Prof. Ronnie Kosloff, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 12:15-12:45 Prof. Nir Keren, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem “An easily reversible structural change underlies mechanisms enabling desert crust cyanobacteria to survive desiccation”
  • 12:45-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-14:30 Prof. Noam Adir, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology “Does the structure of the Phycobilisome photosynthetic antenna complex help decipher its energy transfer properties?”
  • 14:30-15:15 Prof. Richard Cogdell, University of Glasgow “How ‘strange’ is photosynthetic light harvesting?”
  • 15:15-15:30 Prof. Ronny Agranat, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Concluding Remarks

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