Summary of Travel by Prof. Frank Ferrone

Date: Nov. 26th - Dec. 13th, 2012

Invited seminar (Toward a Basic Theory of Nucleation) to the Department of Chemical Sciences, at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR)in Mumbai, Nov. 29. The TIFR is a research institution in India dedicated to basic research primarily in natural sciences, mathematics, biological sciences and theoretical computer science and is considered one of the outstanding research centers in India. TIFR has a graduate program leading to a PhD in all the major fields of study.

Invited speaker at the National Fluorescence Workshop in Kolkata, giving two lectures: Spatial Patterns Provide Unique Mechanistic Insights into Sickle Hemoglobin Polymerization, (Dec 4) and Ratchets, Red Cells and Metastability (Dec 5). In addition, I served as a judge for the poster sessions contributed by the students, and chaired one session. The Workshop was presented under the aegis of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, and the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology. Lecturers included faculty from several premier Indian institutions (TIFR, JNCASR, IISc, CCMB, IIT Kanpur, IACS, IISER Pune, IIT Bombay, JNU, IISEr Bhopal, IICB and SINP), as well as the Weizman Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, EMBL (Germany) and NUS (Singapore). Students from across India also attended the workshop.

Invited speaker at the International Interdisciplinary Science Conference on "Protein Folding and Diseases" at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research In Basic Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, giving a lecture Nucleation and Entropy Compensation in Biological Assembly, Dec 9, as well as chairing a session of the meeting. The talk was enthusiastically received by the students, and has been published in the Journal of Proteins and Proteomics. 46 speakers were in attendance, in addition to the students who came. An invitation to speak at Johns Hopkins has already been forthcoming from another presenter. The University is roughly in the top dozen, in various rankings.

Invited seminar (A Basic Theory of Nucleation) to the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK), Dec 11. Also visited with Prof. Christopher Dobson, FRS. The outcome of this visit is likely a collaboration with the research group of Prof Dobson and Dr. Knowles whose current highly‐regarded studies on aggregation are building on work we have done over the years on sickle hemoglobin.

As an invited speaker to all of the above, all local accommodations were provided.