October 2020

Tony Fehr (assistant professor) received an R35 MIRA award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for a project entitled Determining Mechanisms of Innate Immune Modulation by ADP-ribosylation.



David Davido (professor) has been reappointed to serve another three-year term on the editorial board for Journal of Virology starting January 2021.  




Kristi Neufeld (professor) is featured in this KU Medical Center News article discussing the effort to gain comprehensive cancer center status.  Alumna Dr. Lisa Harlan-Williams (PhD recipient, Benedict lab) is also featured.



Heba Mostafa (PhD recipient, Davido lab) has been named a Hawk to Watch, recognizing her important work on COVID-19 testing.  Dr. Mostafa is now the director of the Molecular Virology Lab at Johns Hopkins as well as an assistant professor of pathology.



Christian Gomez (PhD recipient, Neufeld lab) successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Novel Role for APC in Goblet Cells, Inflammation, and Cell Stress” on September 21.  In October, Christian will start a new position in the Dixon lab as a postdoctoral fellow in the IRACDA program.


Sam Glaser (undergraduate, Fehr lab) was one of eight recipients of an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA) this fall for his project entitle “Role of the Coronavirus Macrodomain Highly-Conserved GIF Loop in Virus Replication.”



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Liang Xu (professor) gave an invited talk entitled “Precision Cancer Medicine Targeting RNA-binding Proteins” at the departmental seminar of Department of Medicinal Chemistry, KU School of Pharmacy, September 10, 2020.

Joanna Slusky (associate professor) gave a webinar talk for the Protein Engineering Design & Selection (PEDS) journal on September 24, 2020.

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Rajhans Sharma, Sriram KK, Erik D. Holmstrom, Fredrik Westerlund. (2020) Real-time compaction of nanoconfined DNA by an intrinsically disordered macromolecular counterion. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2020.06.051

Rob Unckless with several other authors. (2020)  Resistance to natural and synthetic gene drive systemsJ Evol Biol. 2020;00:1–16. This review is the culmination of a workshop that took place in the Swiss Alps.

Dong R, Chen P, Polireddy K, Wu X, Wang T, Ramesh R, Dixon DA, Xu L, Aubé J, and Chen Q. (2020) An RNA-binding protein, Hu-antigen R, in pancreatic cancer epithelial to mesenchymal transition, metastasis, and cancer stem cells. Mol Cancer Ther. 2020; 17(10), 2029-2041. PMID: 32879054

Hassebroek VA, Park H, Pandey N, Lerbakken BT, Aksenova V, Arnaoutov A, Dasso M, Azuma Y. (2020)  PICH regulates the abundance and localization of SUMOylated proteins on mitotic chromosomes. (2020) Mol Biol Cell. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E20-03-0180. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32877270

Aaron J Rudeen, Justin T. Douglas, Minli Xing, W. Hayes McDonald, Audrey L Lamb, and Kristi L Neufeld. (2020) The 15-aa repeat region of Adenomatous polyposis coli is intrinsically disordered and retains conformational flexibility upon binding β-catenin. Biochemistry. PMID: 32941008 DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00479


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