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RSC Desktop Seminar – 28 August 2020: featuring RSC Chemical Biology Editors Seung Bum Park, Anna Rulka and Hiroaki Suga

RSC Desktop Seminars are a new initiative from the Royal Society of Chemistry to bring cutting-edge research directly to you.

Now, more than ever, there is a crucial need for sharing research, and Executive Editor Anna Rulka of new journal RSC Chemical Biology is delighted to present Hiroaki Suga, Chair of the Editorial Board, and Seung Bum Park, Associate Editor to share their research with you.

RSC Desktop Seminar, hosted by RSC Chemical Biology: Register now

28 August 2020 16:00-17:30, JST, KST (UTC+09:00), 08:00-09:30, BST (UTC+01:00)

  • Opening remarks
  • Professor Seung Bum Park: ​“FITGE (Fluorescence difference In Two-dimensional Gel Electrophoresis) – based Target Identification: New Tools in Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery” – with Q&A
  • Dr Anna Rulka: RSC Chemical Biology: an innovative home for breakthrough discoveries”
  • Professor Hiroaki Suga: “The next generation of RaPID (Random nonstandard Peptide Integrated Discovery) display” – with Q&A
  • Open discussion and Q&A for any of the talks
  • Closing remarks


Seung Bum Park
Seoul National University, South Korea
Associate Editor, RSC Chemical Biology

Seung Bum Park is Professor of the Chemistry Department and Director of the CRI Center for Chemical Proteomics at Seoul National University. He is an alumnus of Yonsei, Texas A&M and Harvard universities, and founded the bio-venture SPARK Biopharma, Inc in 2016. His research interests include molecular diversity, fluorescent bioprobes, phenotypic screening, and target identification for drug discovery targeting protein-protein interaction.

Scientific talk: FITGE (Fluorescence difference In Two-dimensional Gel Electrophoresis) – based Target Identification: New Tools in Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery


Hiroaki Suga
University of Tokyo, Japan
Editorial Board Chair, RSC Chemical Biology
Hiroaki Suga is Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science in the University of Tokyo and a founder of PeptiDream Inc. Tokyo. He is an alumnus of Okayama University and MIT, and his research interests are in the field of bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology and biotechnology related to RNA, translation, and peptides. He has received many awards, most recently a Humboldt Research Award in 2020.
Scientific talk: The next generation of RaPID (Random nonstandard Peptide Integrated Discovery) display

We hope that you can join us for this exciting event.


Congratulations to Hiroaki Suga, awarded the Humboldt Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Hiroaki Suga, RSC Chemical Biology Editorial Board Chair, who has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award.

“The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.”

Award recipients are nominated by established German academics, and Prof. Suga was nominated by Professor Roderich Sußmuth.

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:

11 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST

Our next Desktop Seminar event will take place at 12:00 EST (17:00 BST) on 11 June 2020, and will feature Prof. Dr. Christian Hackenberger – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie; Associate Editor, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

Professor Hackenberger will deliver a talk on “The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting”

Register here now

Previous RSC Desktop Seminars in this Series:

4 June 2020 12:00 PM 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

28 May 2020 12:00 PM EST / 17:00 BST
“Platforms for the generation and high-throughput screening of cyclic peptide libraries”
Dr. Ali Tavassoli
– Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Southampton, Editorial Board member, RSC Chemical Biology


21 May 2020 12:00 PM EST / 17:00 BST
“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.