September 2019 News

Erik Lundquist (professor) is part of a collaborative research group with the Scripps Research Institute that has published their findings in Science entitled “Genetic behavioral screen identifies an orphan anti-opioid system”. In this study, the research team used the nematode C. elegans to identify a gene encoding a negative regulator of the opioid response that is conserved in mice and humans and that has potential as a target for increased opioid safety.


Yinglong Miao (assistant professor) published a paper that was also highlighted with an image on the cover of The Journal of Physical Chemistry. The image depicts specific G protein coupling to adenosine G-protein-coupled receptors revealed from all-atom enhanced sampling simulations.



Tom Hill (postdoc, Unckless lab) won the award for best postdoc talk for his talk entitled “Host/virus coevolution in Drosophila innubila” at the Midwest Population Genetics Conference 2019 in Chicago, IL, August 16-17, 2019.




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September 2019 Presentations

Erik Holmstrom (assistant professor) gave an invited talk entitled “Disordered RNA chaperones enhance nucleic acid folding via local charge screening” at the 2nd Conference on Biomotors, Virus Assembly, and Nanobiotechnology Applications, Columbus OH, July 29-31,  2019.

Yinglong Miao (assistant professor) gave an invited keynote talk entitled Interactions with G-Protein-Coupled Receptors at the 5th Biennial Symposium – Optical Micro-spectroscopy & Molecular Imaging (Organizer: Valerica Raicu), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. August 19-20, 2019. 

Jo Chapman (postdoc, Unckless lab) gave a talk entitled “Machine learning AMPs up: Discovery and validation of new antimicrobial peptides in Drosophila melanogaster” at the Midwest Population Genetics Conference 2019 in Chicago, IL, August 16-17, 2019.


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September 2019 Publications

Wang, J., and Miao, Y. (2019) Mechanistic Insights into Specific G Protein Interactions with Adenosine Receptors, J. Phys. Chem. B, 123, 6462-6473.

Scott D. LaBrie, Zoë E. Dimond, Kelly S. Harrison, Srishti Baid, Jason Wickstrum, Robert J. Suchland, P. Scott Hefty. (2019) Transposon Mutagenesis in Chlamydia trachomatis Identifies CT339 as a ComEC Homolog Important for DNA Uptake and Lateral Gene Transfer. MBio, 2019, 10(4), e01343-19.

Moran GR, Lamb AL. (2019) The tenured itch: ready to treat your midcareer malaise?  ASBMB Today, 18(7), 49-50.

Wang DStoveken HMZucca SDao MOrlandi CSong CMasuho IJohnston COpperman KJGiles ACGill MSLundquist EAGrill BMartemyanov KA. (2019) Genetic behavioral screen identifies an orphan anti-opioid system, Science, 15 Aug 2019 first release.


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