March 2018 News   

Dan Dixon (associate professor) joins the Department of Molecular Biosciences faculty. Dr. Dixon is transferring his laboratory from the KU Medical Center campus where he is the Cancer Prevention & Survivorship Program Co-Leader at the University of Kansas National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center. The Dixon lab will continue their research exploring the role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in cancer.


Kristi Neufeld (professor) was appointed as a Frank B Tyler professor in Cancer Research. Frank B. Tyler was a 1947 University of Kansas graduate who died in 2003, leaving a gift to advance cancer research efforts. The funding will support Neufeld’s research which aims to define the underlying mechanisms for growth control of normal intestinal tissue, explaining how alterations in a specific tumor suppressor gene, APC, lead to colorectal cancer development. See pg. 19 of Beyond The Bench.


Jinan Wang (postdoc, Miao Lab) joins the department from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Wang will mainly work on method development and computer simulations of biomolecular recognition, such as protein-protein/nucleic acid interactions and ligand binding.





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March 2018 Presentations

Eric Deeds (associate professor) was selected to give a “New and Notable Symposium” talk entitled “Fundamental Trade-offs Between Information Flow in Single Cells and Cellular Populations”, at the Biophysical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA on February 21st.

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March 2018 Publications

Brody JR, Dixon DA. Complex HuR function in pancreatic cancer cells. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. 2018 Feb 16. DOI: 10.1002/wrna.1469.

Miao Y, Huang YM, Walker R, McCammon JA, & Chang C-eA. Ligand Binding Pathways and Conformational Transitions of the HIV Protease. Biochemistry, DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b01248.

Peng W, Furuuchi N, Aslanukova L, Huang YH, Brown SZ, Jiang W, Addya S, Vishwakarma V, Peters E, Brody JR, Dixon DA, Sawicki JA. Elevated HuR in Pancreas Promotes a Pancreatitis-Like Inflammatory Microenvironment That Facilitates Tumor DevelopmentMol Cell Biol2018 Jan 16;38(3). pii: e00427-17. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00427-17.

Ronnebaum TA, Lamb AL.Nonribosomal peptides for iron acquisition: pyochelin biosynthesis as a case studyCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology 53, 1-11.

Smith, BR, Unckless, RL. Draft Genome Sequence of Lysinibacillus fusiformis Strain Juneja, a Laboratory-Derived Pathogen of Drosophila melanogaster. Genome Announcements 6: e01571-17.


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