November 2018 News

Molecular Biosciences at KU makes GRE scores optional for applications to our PhD programs

As part of ongoing efforts to attract strong, motivated students to our program, and continue to enhance the diversity of our graduate community, the department recently eliminated the GRE requirement for applicants to our doctoral programs. Students are welcome to submit GRE scores if they feel the scores will help us better assess their academic potential, but equally students who do not choose to provide GRE scores will not be penalized. Our department will continue to carefully examine all aspects of each applicant's package in a holistic fashion during admissions decisions. Applicants, or advisors of potential applicants, should feel free to reach out to Dr. Stuart Macdonald, our Director of Graduate Studies, if they have any questions about this change.


Lynn Hancock (associate professor) co-chaired the 7th International Conference on Gram-Positive Pathogens held October 14-17, 2018 in Omaha, NE.




Audrey Lamb (professor) attended the annual meeting of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science in San Antonio, Texas, October 11-13 where she served as a mentor judge and was the host of the biochemistry room for the Conversations with Scientists dinner.


Kara Evans (recent PhD, Chandler lab) started a new position as a Genomics and Microbiome Scientist at DuPont Nutrition & Health in Madison, Wisconsin on October 15. She will be conducting research on bacteria in the human microbiome and probiotic product development.



Yamini Mutreja (recent PhD, Gamblin lab) has accepted a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Domenico Praticò in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Yamini’s new position is expected to begin in early 2019.



Cara Davis (undergraduate, Lamb lab) was one of two undergrads to win a poster award for her presentation “Biosynthesis of opine metallophores from Yersinia pestis and Clostridium argentinense” at the Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference at Northwestern University on October 20.  Cara is pictured on the far left.


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November 2018 Presentations

Tony Fehr (assistant professor) gave an invited talk at Oklahoma State University entitled “New Insights into Mechanisms of Coronavirus Innate Immune Evasion” for the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases, October 17.

Dan Dixon (associate professor) gave an invited talk entitled "Regulation of exosome secretion in colorectal cancer" at the II Workshop on Inflammation 2018 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 22-23.

Chris Gamblin (professor) gave an invited talk entitled “In vitro inhibition of Alzheimer’s pathology with fungal natural products” in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the KU Medical Center, October 29.

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November 2018 Publications

Michelle F. Grau, Ruth Entwistle, Yi-Ming Chiang, Manmeet Ahuja, C. Elizabeth Oakley, Tomohiro Akashi, Clay C. C. Wang, Richard B. Todd, and Berl R. OakleyHybrid Transcription Factor Engineering Activates the Silent Secondary Metabolite Gene Cluster for (+)-Asperlin in Aspergillus nidulans.  ACS Chem Biol, Article ASAP

Bhattarai, A., and Miao, Y.* Gaussian accelerated molecular dynamics for elucidation of drug pathways. Expert Opinion On Drug Discovery. In Press

Zhang, J., Wang, N., Miao, Y.*, Hauser, F., Rappel, W.-J., McCammon, J. A., and Schroeder, J.* Identification of SLAC1 anion channel residues required for CO2/bicarbonate sensing and regulation of stomatal movements. Proc Natl Acad Sci, In Press

Utesch, T., Catalina, A. d. M., Schattenberg, C., Paege, N., Schmieder, P., Krause, E., Miao, Y., McCammon, J. A., Meyer, V., Jung, S., and Mroginski, M. A Computational Modeling Approach Predicts Interaction of the Antifungal Protein AFP from Aspergillus giganteus with Fungal Membranes via Its γ-Core Motif. mSphere, 3(5), e00377-18

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Molecular Biosciences

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