December 2016 News

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The Department of Molecular Biosciences is accepting applications for our doctoral programs, with an initial review deadline of December 15th. The department has open positions in many labs for strong, motivated students interested in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Any questions can be directed to any of our faculty, or to the Director of Graduate Studies. Apply to our program

 

 

 

 

Audrey Lamb (professor) is a co-investigator on a recently funded National Institute of General Medical Sciences Research Project Grant entitled “Dissecting allostery in pyruvate kinase.”  Aron Fenton (KU Medical Center) is leading this project, designed to understand the regulation of the enzyme pyruvate kinase in diabetes.

 

 

 

Kristi Neufeld (professor) was highlighted as one of KU’s most innovative researchers at the KU Elevate: Innovation in Action event in Wichita on Friday, October 28.  Neufeld gave a TED-style talk called “Go with your gut: the study of tumor-suppressing proteins” which can be viewed on YouTube.

 

 

 

Berl Oakley (Irving S. Johnson distinguished professor) had his research highlighted in an article called “A key regulator of secondary metabolites” in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

 

 

 

Eric Deeds and Scott Hefty (associate professors) and Audrey Lamb (professor) attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida, November 9-12 where they served as mentors and poster judges.

 

 

 

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December 2016 Presentations

Rob Unckless (assistant professor) gave two invited lectures recently.  On November 2, he spoke in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Kansas State University about “Convergence and balancing selection in insect antimicrobial peptides.”  He gave a talk entitled "The maintenance of genetic variation through conflict” in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department here at KU on November 8. 

David Davido (associate professor) gave two presentations in October entitled “To be lytic or not to be lytic: a question of HSV-1-host interactions.”  The first presentation was at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Biological Sciences on October 6 in Kansas City and the second presentation was at the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases on October 19. 

Audrey Lamb (professor) gave a lecture entitled “Iron In: Unusual regulation of siderophore biosynthesis” at the 14th Annual Symposium at the University of Nebraska Redox Biology Center on November 8.

Angela Fowler (Davido lab) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “Identifying cellular kinases that regulate HSV-1 ICP0 activities and viral replication​” on November 2.

Thelma Chiremba, Christian Gomez and Andy Wolfe (graduate students, Neufeld lab) gave research presentations for the high school Genetics & Biotechnology class at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence on November 16.

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December 2016 Publications

Cloud-Richardson, Smith BR, Macdonald SJ.  Genetic dissection of intraspecific variation in a male-specific sexual trait in Drosophila melanogaster.  Heredity 117, 417-26.

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