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Peptoid Symposium Series 


cartoon image of peptoid molecules

The Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute is very pleased to host the 2021-22 Online Peptoid Symposium Series. Organised by an international committee of peptoid researchers, this is a free, online series of bimonthly symposia. 

The symposia started as a way to sustain and grow the international community interested in peptoids and related research during restrictions on in-person meetings, but became so popular they have been continued for 2021-22. Symposia feature keynote talks from the leaders in the field, as well as a mix of shorter invited talks and flash presentations from ECRs. Many of the past talks are available to view below.

7 December Symposium

Pacific 0700 / Eastern 1000 / CET 1600 / China 2300 / JST/KST (Dec 8) 0000

The first peptoid symposium for 2021-22 will be held on the 7 December 2021. Its focus will be on ECR talks and it will be organised by student and postdoc ECRs.

Submit your abstract by 5 November

Google form abstract submission:
China accessible form:

Register for the ECR Peptoid Symposium

Google form registration:
China accessible registration:

ECR Organising Committee: Sally Jiao (UCSB), Assunta D’Amato (UNISA) and Samuel Owoso (Louisiana State).


Past Events

7 June 2021

7 April 2021: Recording link [passcode: .=Ct?Sa9]

  • Claude Taillefumier (Chemistry Institute of Clermont-Ferrand): "Aliphatic monomers as building blocks to control peptoid conformation and structure"
  • Vincent Voelz (Temple University): “Using molecular simulation to understand the role of preorganization in peptoid macrocycle and cyclic peptide binding”
  • Pritam Ghosh (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology): “Chelation of metal ions from natural protein domain by water soluble peptoid”
  • Ethan Weisberg / James Eastwood (Packer Collegiate Institute / New York University): “The New Peptoid Data Bank”

25 February 2021: Recording link [passcode: N$1myAG6]

  • Galia Maayan (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology): "Peptoids as Versatile, Efficient and Selective Bio-Inspired Catalysts"
  • Jumpei Morimoto (The University of Tokyo): "Oligo(N-substituted alanine) as a peptoid with a defined shape in water"
  • Zach Clauss (University of Utah) “A new method for high molecular weight polypeptoids”
  • Abshar Hasan (Univ. of Strathclyde / Univ. of Nottingham): “Chain-End Modifications for Enhanced Antibacterial Activity on Surfaces & in Solution”
  • Matthew Hurley (Temple University): "Metal Cation-Binding Mechanisms of Q-Proline Peptoid Macrocycles in Solution”

27 October 2020: Recording link [passcode: %Mvk21KO]

  • Ronald Zuckermann (LBNL): “State of the peptoid research community” + “Folding Beyond Proteins”
  • Kevin Bicker (Middle Tennessee State Univ.): “Discovery and development of antifungal peptoids”
  • Yen Jea Lee (Gwangju Inst. Sci. Tech.): “Peptoid-conjugated magnetic field-sensitive exciplex system at high and low solvent polarities”
  • Logan Morton (UT Austin): “Peptoid Crosslinked Hydrogels: A Biomimetic, Synthetic Cell Culture Platform with Sequence-Defined Properties”

15 December 2020: Recording link [passcode: Pdrc3z$^]

  • Prof. Annelise Barron (Stanford University): “Potent antiviral activity against HSV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 by antimicrobial peptoids”
  • Prof. Donghui Zhang (Louisiana State University): “Solution self-assembly of polypeptoid block copolymers into 1D, 2D and 3D nanostructures”
  • Jinyoung Oh (Gwangju Inst. Sci. Tech.): “Formation of a tris(catecholato) iron(III) complex with a nature-inspired cyclic peptoid ligand”
  • Sally Jiao (University of California, Santa Barbara): "Quantifying polypeptoid conformational landscapes through integrated experiment and simulation”
  • Mingfei Zhao (University of Chicago): “Computational and Experimental Identifications of Hierarchical Peptoid Self-Assembly Pathways”