November 2019 News

Assistant or Associate Professor in Biochemical Mechanisms of Cancer - The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position as a tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor using biochemical or chemical biology approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cancer. Candidates are expected to develop an internationally visible, rigorous, and externally-funded research program and to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the area of biochemistry. A full job description and instructions for applying are available at the KU Human Resources Management website.


Anthony Fehr (assistant professor) was awarded a CBID CoBRE Research Project Grant through NIGMS for his project entitled “Deciphering the distinct roles of macrodomain ADP-ribose binding and hydrolysis in coronavirus replication”.



Mizuki Azuma (associate professor) was awarded a 2-year term grant from The Children's Mercy Hospital Midwest Alliance Partners Advisory Board for her work entitled "The role of a sugar (O-GlcNAc) modification of EWS-FLI1 in malignant progression of Ewing sarcoma and its therapeutic potential"




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November 2019 Presentations

Rob Unckless (assistant professor) gave a talk entitled “The genetic basis of evolutionary divergence in immune defense in Drosophila” at the 2019 UNVEIL Symposium in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 11-13, 2019.


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November 2019 Publications

Hanson, Mark A., Lemaitre, Bruno, and Unckless, Robert L. (2019). Dynamic evolution of antimicrobial peptides underscores trade-offs between immunity and ecological fitness. Frontiers in Immunology 10.3389.

Chakraborty M, Emerson JJ, Macdonald SJ, Long AD. (2019). Structural variants exhibit widespread allelic heterogeneity and shape variation in complex traits. Nature Communications 10: 4872.

McFarlane JS, Zhang J, Wang S, Lei X, Moran GR, Lamb AL (2019).  Staphylopine and pseudopaline dehydrogenases catalyze reversible reactions and produce stereospecific metallophoresJournal of Biological Chemistry. [Epub ahead of print]


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