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The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for two faculty positions as tenure-track assistant or associate professors. One position is in the area of Biochemistry and another in the area of Microbial Pathogenesis.  Candidates are expected to develop an internationally visible, rigorous, and well-funded research program and to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Included for the Microbial Pathogenesis faculty position are specific resources and support mechanisms associated with the NIH Chemical Biology for Infectious Disease Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. As such, preference will be given to those applicants with current or future plans that incorporate an aspect of chemical biology into their research.
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November 2017 News                           

David Davido (associate professor) will serve another three year term on the editorial board for Journal of Virology starting 2018.  







Erik Lundquist (professor) served as chair of the Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, Regeneration, and Rhythmicity (NDPR) grant review study section for the National Institutes of Health on October 25th and 26th in Arlington, VA.







Kara Evans (graduate student, Chandler lab), received the American Society for Microbiology travel award to present at the 6th Annual ASM Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria Meeting in Athens, GA on October 17-18. Her poster was entitled “Quorum sensing-controlled efflux pump protects cooperators during interspecies competition.” 




Kathryn Brewer and Cara Davis (undergraduates, Lamb lab) both received travel awards from the Center for Undergraduate Research to present their work at the Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference at Loyola University Chicago on October 14. Kathryn presented a poster entitled “Assessing the Post-translational Modification of PvdJ Module 2 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” whereas Cara’s was called “Structural and Functional Characterization of a Yersinia pestis Opine Dehydrogenase Involved in Metallophore Biosynthesis.” They presented the same posters a week later at the American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting here at KU.


Katie Morales (undergraduate, Gamblin and Ackley labs) received a travel award from the Center for Undergraduate Research to present her research at the Society for Neuroscience’s 47th Annual Meeting November 11-15, 2017 in Washington DC.





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November 2017 Presentations

Josie Chandler (assistant professor) gave an invited talk entitled “Interspecies competition and the evolution of quorum sensing.” at the 6th Annual American Society for Microbiology Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria Meeting in in Athens, GA on October 17.

Audrey Lamb (professor) gave an invited talk entitled “Unraveling the MSTery” at the American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting here at KU on October 20. She also served as the discussion leader for the “Chemical Biology of Microbial Processes” morning session at the conference.

Jeff McFarlane (graduate student, Lamb lab) gave an invited talk entitled “The biosynthesis of opine metallophores by bacterial pathogens” at the Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference at Loyola University Chicago on October 14. He gave a poster on the same topic a week later at the American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting here at KU.

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November 2017 Publications

Hill T and Unckless RL. Baculovirus molecular evolution via gene turnover and recurrent positive selection of key genes. Journal of Virology (Early Online) JVI.01319-17.  

Highfill CA, Tran JH, Nguyen SKT, Moldenhauer TR, Wang X, Macdonald SJ. Naturally Segregating Variation at Ugt86Dd Contributes to Nicotine Resistance in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 2017, 207:311-325.

Gujar MR, Stricker AM, Lundquist EA. Flavin monooxygenases regulate Caenorhabditis elegans axon guidance and growth cone protrusion with UNC-6/Netrin signaling and Rac GTPases.PLoS Genet. 2017 Aug 31;13(8):e1006998. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006998. eCollection 2017 Aug.


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