RSC Chemical Biology hosts new RSC Desktop Seminar Series

COVID-19 has rendered in-person events to be suspended or cancelled disrupting connections around the globe. The impact of these cancellations on the sharing of information and ideas, especially in the research landscape, has been dramatic.

In an effort to help researchers to stay connected to advances in chemical research and share support, RSC Chemical Biology is proud to announce the launch of the RSC’s first online-only seminar series.

Introducing RSC Desktop Seminars!

The RSC Desktop Seminar Series is an effort to not only replace in-person research seminars during the current pandemic situation but to also expand access for researchers around the world looking to connect to some of the leading minds in the chemical sciences.

Each seminar is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and will feature two Small Group Informal Sessions, which will offer researchers in attendance a direct line to the speaker to ask questions and build a network with other like-minded individuals.

While these initial RSC Desktop Seminars are taking place in the Eastern US time zone working hours, we encourage any and all interested to register and attend!


Next RSC Desktop Seminars in this Series:

28 May 2020 12:00 PM EST / 17:00 BST

Our next Desktop Seminar event will take place at 12:00 EST (17:00 BST) on 28 May 2020, and will feature RSC Chemical Biology Editorial Board Member Dr. Ali Tavassoli!

Dr Tavassoli will deliver a talk on “Platforms for the generation and high-throughput screening of cyclic peptide libraries”

Register here now


Other RSC Desktop Seminars in this Series include:

4 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST
“Understanding and Re-engineering the Programming of Iterative Highly Reducing Polyketide Synthases”
Prof. Dr. Russell Cox – Leibniz Universität Hannover; Editor in Chief, RSC Advances; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

11 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST
“The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting”

Prof. Dr. Christian Hackenberger – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie; Associate Editor, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology


Previous RSC Desktop Seminars in this Series:

“Interrogating Enzymatic Reactions using Nucleic Acid Molecular Recognition and Assembly”
Dr. Jennifer Heemstra – Professor of Chemistry, Emory University, Editorial Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

This inaugural seminar of the series took place on 21 May 2020 12:00 PM EST / 17:00 BST, and was attended by over 150 participants from 20 countries around the world.


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RSC Chemical Biology: first issue out now

Issue 1 is online and ready to read

We’re pleased to be able to share with you the first full issue of RSC Chemical Biology, our new, gold open access journal showcasing agenda-setting research of interest to the broad chemical biology community. Read issue 1 now

It includes:

Introduction to RSC Chemical Biology
Hiroaki Suga, Kathryn L. Gempf and Anna Rulka
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 6-7. DOI: 10.1039/D0CB90001J

Dynamic visualization of type II peptidyl carrier protein recognition in pyoluteorin biosynthesis
Joshua C. Corpuz, Larissa M. Podust, Tony D. Davis, Matt J. Jaremko and Michael D. Burkart
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 8-12. DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00015A

A mechanism-inspired UDP-N-acetylglucosamine pyrophosphorylase inhibitor
Olawale G. Raimi, Ramon Hurtado-Guerrero, Vladimir Borodkin, Andrew Ferenbach, Michael D. Urbaniak, Michael A. J. Ferguson and Daan M. F. van Aalten
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 13-25. DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00017H

Macrocyclic peptides that inhibit Wnt signalling via interaction with Wnt3a
Manuel E. Otero-Ramirez, Kyoko Matoba, Emiko Mihara, Toby Passioura, Junichi Takagi and Hiroaki Suga
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 26-34. DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00016G


RSC Chemical Biology offers authors a trusted, reliable option for publishing their work open access.

As the first Royal Society of Chemistry journal to offer transparent peer review, authors also have the option to publish reviewers’ comments, the editor’s decision letter, and authors’ response alongside the article. It’s part of our commitment to make research and decision-making more open, robust and accessible.


Supporting an open future for vital research

All papers published in the journal will always be free to access. We are waiving article processing charges for the first two years, so until mid-2022 the journal will be completely free to publish in for authors, as well as free to read.


We hope you enjoy reading the exciting research in our first issue!
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