The Frontiers in Chemistry and Biology Interface Symposium (FCBIS)

is an annual conference in the mid-Atlantic region. This day-long symposium, which began in 2008, is designed to provide an intimate environment to foster discussions on cutting-edge research at the interfaces of chemistry, biology, and medicine. The main theme of this year’s symposium is on exploitation of chemical (synthetic, analytical, and structural) approaches to address interesting and important problems in modern biology and medicine. The schedule includes invited and selected talks, a career panel, and poster sessions. There is no charge to attend the symposium and everyone – Research Scientists, Faculty, Post-Docs and Graduate Students – involved in research from academic, government and local industrial institutions is encouraged to participate.

This past Spring, May 2020, the annual FCBIS symposium to be held at the University of Maryland College Park was cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, CBI fellows from the local CBI programs organized a virtual Symposium which was held on Tuesday – Wednesday, May 12 – 13, 2020. The symposium included oral presentations by invited faculty, student presentations, professional development talks, a poster session, and a COVID presentation.

For more information about this virtual Symposium event, CLICK HERE


2008, Univ. of Maryland College Park
2009, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County
2010, Johns Hopkins Univ.
2011, Univ. of Delaware
2012, Univ. of Pennsylvania
2013, Univ. of Maryland College Park
2014, Univ. of Maryland School of Pharmacy
2015, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County
2016, Johns Hopkins University
2017, Univ. of Delaware
2018, Univ. of Pennsylvania
2019, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
2020, Univ. of Maryland College Park  CANCELLED

FCBIS Organizing Committee

Johns Hopkins University
Steve Rokita, Dept. of Chemistry
Caren Freel Meyers, School of Medicine,
Dept. of Pharmacology & Molecular Sciences

University of Delaware
Brian Bahnson, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Dr. Songon An, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Maryland College Park
Lai-Xi Wang, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
T. Kwaku Dayie, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Jana Shen, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sarah Michel, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Pennsylvania
Dave Chenoweth, Dept. of Chemistry
Rahul Kohli, Perelman School of Medicine

Temple University
Ross Wang, Dept. of Chemistry

George Washington University
Cynthia Dowd, Dept. of Chemistry

Georgetown University
Paul Roepe, Dept. of Chemistry

GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia
Greg Gatto, Sr. Scientific Investigator

National Cancer Institute-Frederick
Jordan Meier, Chemical Biology Laboratory

FCBIS-2020 University of Maryland Organizing Committee

  • Kwaku Dayie
  • Nicole LaRonde
  • Jinwoo Lee
  • Peter Nemes
  • Myles Poulin
  • Lai-Xi Wang


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