November 2015 News

Erik Lundquist (professor) is the recipient of a Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Bridging Grant for his project entitled “Identifying molecules that interact with the P2 domain of UNC-40/DCC.”  This project is aimed at identifying molecules that physically interact with the cytoplasmic domain of the Netrin receptor molecule UNC-40 and that participate with UNC-40 in axon guidance.



The Department of Molecular Biosciences is seeking outstanding applicants for our doctoral programs. MB is a center of life sciences research at KU, and can provide you with interdisciplinary training and education, high-quality mentoring, and a stimulating graduate experience that will help you achieve your career goals in the biomedical sciences.  Applications are due December 15th.  Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Stuart Macdonald, Director of Graduate Studies.

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November 2015 Presentations

Scott Hefty (associate professor) gave an invited seminar entitled “Structural Proteomics and (Early) Functional Genomics in Chlamydia”  at the University of Washington, Department of Global Health (Seattle) on October 15 and at Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine on October 20.

Audrey Lamb (professor) gave an invited seminar entitled “Breaking a Pathogen’s Iron Will: inhibiting siderophore production as an antimicrobial strategy” at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis on October 28.

Amber Smith (Xu lab) successfully defended her dissertation entitled “The regulation of Musashi RNA binding proteins and its implications for cancer therapy” on October 8.

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November 2015 Publications

Barta ML, Battaile KP, Lovell S, Hefty PSHypothetical Protein CT398 (CdsZ) Interacts with σ54 (RpoN)-Holoenzyme and the Type III Secretion Export Apparatus in Chlamydia trachomatis.  Protein Sci [Epub ahead of print]

Gonzalez C, Ray JCJ, Manhard M, Adams RM, Nevozhay D, Morozov AV, Balazsi G.  Stress-response balance drives the evolution of a network module and its host genomeMol Systems Biol 11: 827.

Oakley BR, Paolillo V, Zheng Y.  gamma-tubulin complexes in microtubule nucleation and beyondMol Biol Cell 26: 2957-2962.

Truong TT, Seyedsayamdost M, Greenberg EP, Chandler JRA Burkholderia thailandensis acyl-homoserine lactone-independent LuxR homolog that activates production of the cytotoxin malleilactoneJ. Bacteriol [Eub ahead of print]

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