November 2014 News

Dr. Yoshi Azuma Yoshiaki Azuma (associate professor), together with Nancy Muma and Jeff Staudinger (Pharmacology and Toxicology), co-organized the Midwest Regional SUMO Symposium held on October 13 on the KU campus. The symposium was supported by the Level 1 Strategic Initiative Grant “Consortium Targeting Small Ubiquitin-related Modifier (SUMO) for the Treatment of Inflammatory-Related Diseases” and featured keynote speaker Michael Matunis, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 


Dr. Rebecca Marquez Rebecca Marquez (postdoc, Xu lab) is the recipient of a Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.  This grant provides $180,000 over three years for breast cancer research.  Dr. Marquez’s research focuses on designing novel microRNA delivery systems to prevent and treat metastatic breast cancer.  Read the Susan G. Komen Foundation News Release.  Dr. Marquez is also the recipient of a Young Investigator Travel Fellowship to attend the Symposia on Cancer Research 2014: Illuminating Genomic Dark Matter “ncRNA in Disease and Cancer” at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in October.  She presented a poster entitled “Epigenetic Silencing of Anti-metastamiR microRNA-196b in Breast Cancer“.

Kawaljit Kaur Receives Prize for Poster Kawaljit Kaur (graduate student, De Guzman Lab) received a Best Poster Presentation Award at the Seventh Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) held in Lawrence, Kansas, Oct 17-18, 2014.  Kawaljit is pictured with Dr. Moriah Beck, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Wichita State University, who presented the award.



Smita ParanjapeSmita Paranjape (graduate student, Gamblin Lab) is the recipient of a Ritter Travel Award to support her travel to the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. where she will make a presentation “Azaphilones are novel tau aggregation inhibitors” in the Brain Wellness: Metabolism and Energetic Nanosymposium, Monday November 17th.




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November 2014 Presentations

Christian Ray (assistant professor) gave a talk entitled "Structured cellular populations emerging from enzyme-metabolite interactions" at the Modeling of Protein Interactions Conference in Lawrence, KS on October 24.

Audrey Lamb (associate professor) gave a lecture entitled “The Importance of Magnesium in MST Enzymes” in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology at Iowa State University on October 23.

Liang Xu (associate professor) gave a talk entitled “Antibody against CD44s Inhibits Pancreatic Tumor Initiation and Post-Radiation Recurrence in Mice” at the 4th World Congress on Cancer Science & Therapy in Chicago, Oct 20-22, 2014.

Kara Hinshaw (graduate student, Chandler lab) gave a talk entitled “Bacterial communication and interspecies competitionat the 20th Annual Symposium of the Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology Training Grant on October 10.

Amber Smith (graduate student, Xu lab) gave a talk entitled “Therapeutic strategies targeting the samurai warrior of cancer, Musashi-1at the 20th Annual Symposium of the Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology Training Grant on October 10.

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November 2014 Publications

Chilton AS, Ellis AL, Lamb AL.  Structure of an Aspergillus fumigatus old yellow enzymes (EasA) involved in ergot alkaloid biosynthesisActa Crystallogr F Struct Biol Commun.  70: 1328-32.

Long AD, Macdonald SJ, King EG.  Dissecting complex traits using the Drosophila Synthetic Population Resource. Trends in Genetics 30: 488–495.

Lu J, Zhao W, Huang Y, Liu H, Marquez R, Gibbs RB, Li J, Venkataramanan R, Xu L, Li S, Li S. Targeted Delivery of Doxorubicin by Folic Acid-Decorated Dual Functional Nanocarrier. Mol Pharm [Epub ahead of print].

Meneely KM, Luo Q, Riley AP, Taylor B, Roy A, Stein RL, Prisinzano TE, Lamb ALExpanding the results of a high throughput screen against an isochorismate-pyruvate lyase to enzymes of a similar scaffold or mechanismBioorg Med Chem.  22: 5961-69.

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Amber Smith (graduate student, Xu lab) presented a poster entitled “Characterization of Small Molecules Bound to Oncogenic Protein, Musashi-1 using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance” at Seventh Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR at the University of Kansas, on October 17.
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