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ACS South Jersey Local Section Meeting 

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October 2014 Dinner Meeting

“Manipulating a Chemical Lexicon”

Dr. Lark Perez

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Rowan University


October 21, 2014


Smithville Inn
1 N New York Rd,

Absecon, NJ 08205



5:30-6:30 P.M. Social Hour
6:30-7:45 P.M. Dinner
7:45 P.M. Seminar

$25 for members & guests
$10 for students


Abstract: Chemical signaling plays an active role mediating cellular function in all living organisms. Achieving synthetic regulation of these signaling networks provides opportunities to understand cellular processes and interactions. One form of chemical signaling which is central in the regulation of virulence in bacteria is called quorum sensing. I will discuss our recent studies on the effects of natural and synthetic small molecules in bacterial quorum sensing, focusing primarily on the prominent bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


The Speaker: Dr. Lark J. Perez was born in Southampton, NY. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Long Island University-Southampton during which he performed research in natural products chemistry with the late Prof. D. John Faulkner at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He completed his graduate studies in the laboratory of Prof. Glenn C. Micalizio at Yale University where his research focused on the development of new chemical transformations utilizing the reactivity of titanium π-complexes. Dr. Perez participated in postdoctoral research with Prof. Martin F. Semmelhack and Prof. Bonnie L. Bassler at Princeton University focusing his research on quorum sensing in the gram-negative pathogen, Vibrio cholerae. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Rowan University studying chemical signaling pathways in bacterial pathogens.


The October meeting will be held at Smithville Inn.

The restaurant is located at 1 N New York Rd, Absecon, NJ 08205.

Please call the restaurant at 609-652-7777 for directions if needed. You can also check their web site at

Dinner selections Dinner selections: 1) Grilled Salmon; 2) Prime Rib of Beef; 3) Stuffed Chicken Breast.

vegetarian option upon request" if there is not a veggie-only dish in our selection.

Please email your reservation by Monday, October 13.  Be sure to indicate your dinner choice!

Lei Yu (

New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider number = 2538


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