January 2019 News


Dr. Susan Egan (professor and Chair), along with David Benson (Associate Professor Chemistry) and Lynn Hancock (Associate Professor) were awarded a 3 year grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to support the Beckman Scholars Program at KU.  This prestigious award supports mentored undergraduate research in participating faculty laboratories from the departments of Molecular Biosciences and Chemistry. More details about the program and eligibility requirements can be found                                 at (http://beckman.ku.edu/).  The application deadline for 2019 scholars is March 1st.


Audrey Lamb (professor) has been appointed Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. In this role, she will support the success of graduate students and the growth and quality of graduate programs at KU. Audrey will continue research and teaching activities as a faculty member in Molecular Biosciences.



Chris Gamblin (professor) received a $15,000 KU Research Grant Opportunity grant from the University of Kansas Office of Research for a collaborative project with Dr. Berl Oakley entitled “Development of Fungal Natural Products as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease”.



Krzystof Kuczera (professor) published an article “Helix-Coil Transition Courses Through Multiple Pathways and Intermediates: Fast Kinetic Measurements and Dimensionality Reduction”. His work was highlighted with the cover image for the December issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.



Emma Pagella (Unckless lab) was awarded a KU Center for Undergraduate Research Travel Award to attend the 2019 Drosophila Genetics Research Conference in Dallas, Texas. Emma will present her work on the characterization of microbes infecting wild Drosophila.



Jordyn Koehn joined the Unckless lab as an assistant researcher. Jordyn’s main responsibilities will be to oversee the Drosophila CRISPR genome editing work in the lab. She graduated from KU in December 2018 with a degree in Biology and worked in Jamie Walters' (KU EEB) lab.



Sierra Mortimer (undergraduate, Lundquist lab) received an Undergraduate Research Award from the Center for Undergraduate Research to continue her studies of Onecut transcription factors in neuroblast migration in C. elegans.




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January 2019 Presentations

Audrey Lamb (professor) gave a seminar entitled “From opine to evidence: staphylopine, pseudopaline and yersinopine biosynthesis” for the Biomolecular Sciences Graduate Programs at Boise State University on November 14.

Erik Lundquist (professor) gave a presentation “A New Model of Directed Growth Cone Migration in Axon Guidance” for Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the KU Medical Center on October 15.

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January 2019 Publications

Ronnebaum TA, McFarlane JS, Prisinzano TE, Booker SJ, Lamb AL (2018). Stuffed methyltransferase domain catalyzes the penultimate step of pyochelin biosynthesisBiochemistry. In Press.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00716

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