Quantum Biology: Current Status and Opportunities 17 September 2012 – 18 September 2012


Session 1

Professor Johnjoe McFadden, University of Surrey
Why biology needs quantum mechanics 
Presentation and interview


Dr Paul Davies, Arizona State University
Quantum epigenetics
Presentation and interview


Session 2

Professor Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey
Quantum tunnelling models of genetic mutations
Presentation and interview


Session 3

Professor Greg Scholes, University of Toronto
Evolution, speciation, and coherence in the light harvesting proteins of photosynthetic algae
Presentation and interview


Dr Alexandra Olaya-Castro, University College London
Quantum phononics in biology

Session 4

Professor Greg Engel, University of Chicago
Design principles behind long-lived quantum coherence 
Presentation and interview



Session 5

Professor Thorsten Ritz, UC Irvine
A biological compass built on coherent quantum reactions: Design principles and supporting evidence
Presentation and interview


Dr Jennifer Brooks, University College London / Harvard University
Can the nose smell quantized properties of odorant molecules in olfaction?
Presentation and interview


Session 6

Professor Nigel Scrutton, University of Manchester
Quantum effects in biological catalysis 


Session 7

Professor Vlatko Vedral, University of Oxford
Quantum thermodynamics of electron transport
Presentation and interview


Session 8

Filmed Group discussion can be viewed here


A complete Programme with paper and poster abstracts can be found here.