October 2015 News

We are excited to announce that our campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a research grade laboratory glassware washer was successful, and a washer has been purchased.  This purchase will enable our student researchers to spend more of their time on research, and less time washing research glassware.  We’d like to express our sincerest thanks to the members of the Biological Sciences Advisory Board, Alumni, Friends of KU Biology, the Undergraduate Biology Program, and the Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Biosciences whose contributions made this purchase possible.  Read more





Stuart Macdonald (associate professor) was awarded a Research Project Grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled "A resource for the genetic analysis of complex traits." This project is a continuing collaboration with Tony Long from the University of California at Irvine. The goal of this $2.7 million award is to genetically dissect the factors responsible for biomedically-relevant trait variation, and enhance a powerful set of enabling community resources for the Drosophila (fruit fly) genetics community.


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October 2015 Presentations

Yoshi Azuma (associate professor) gave a presentation entitled “SUMOylated DNA Topoisomerase IIα regulates phosphorylated histone H3 kinase Haspin at the centromere” at the EMBO Workshop on DNA topoisomerases, DNA topology and human health in Les Diablerets, Switzerland on September 17.

David Davido (associate professor) gave a presentation in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine entitled “Taking control of the HSV-1 life cycle: role of viral and host factors” on September 25.

Kristi Neufeld (associate professor) gave a presentation entitled "One Renegade Cell: Understanding Cancer" at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS on September 23.

Liang Xu (associate professor) gave a presentation at the KU Cancer Center Seminar Series entitled “Drug the ‘undruggable’: New Frontiers in Precision Medicine” on August 25.  He gave a similarly titled presentation at the 2nd Annual Center for Drug Discovery Symposium at Purdue University on September 18.

Chris Gamblin (professor) and Berl Oakley (Irving S. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology) gave a presentation entitled “Fungal Natural Products as Lead Compounds for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease” at the KU Alumni Association Meeting in Winfield, Kansas, on September 15.

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October 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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