July 2019 News
Ilya Vakser (professor) received a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Structural modeling of interactome to assess phenotypic effects of genetic variation.” The goal of the project is the development of high-throughput, structure-based methodologies and public resources for modeling of protein interaction networks and assessing the function of single amino acid variation. The project is a collaboration with Professor Michael Sternberg at the Imperial College London.
Tori Paolillo (postdoc, Lundquist lab) received a K-INBRE post-doctoral award to study the transcriptomics of neuroblast migration in C. elegans.
Jeff McFarlane (graduate student, Lamb lab) successfully defended his dissertation entitled “The Biosynthesis of Opine Metallophores” on June 21. In August, Jeff will become an Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Rhea Abisado (graduate student, Chandler lab) gave an invited talk at the American Society of Microbiology Microbe meeting in San Francisco on June 24 entitled “Quorum sensing control of tobramycin resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”
The 22nd International C. elegans Meeting was held at UCLA in Los Angeles, June 26-29. The main sponsor of the meeting, the Genetics Society of America, was represented by former KUMB graduate students, Sonia Hall and Erin Suderman, both from Rob Ward’s lab. Three current KUMB students had poster presentations at the meeting: Zhe Yang (graduate student, Buechner lab) “The RNA-Binding Proteins EXC-7 and MSI-1 Upregulate Serotonin Signaling in the Male Tail”, Snehal Mahadik (graduate student, Lundquist lab) “SRC-1 Is the Negative Regulator of UNC-5 in the Polarity/Protrusion Model of Directed Growth Cone Outgrowth”, and Matthew Ochs (graduate student, Lundquist lab) “Using Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting and RNA-Seq to Identify mRNA Targets of ETR-1/CELF that Regulate Q Neuroblast Migration”