July 2015 News

The National Institutes of Health Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology Training Grant has been renewed for five more years, years 22-26.  The renewal grant, worth more than $1.8 million, funds eight graduate student trainees per year from the departments of Molecular Biosciences, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.  This program served as the foundation for the new Certificate Program in Chemical Biology, and is directed by Tom Prisinzano (professor and chair, medicinal chemistry), Paul Hanson (professor, chemistry) and Audrey Lamb (professor).


Mark Richter (professor) is the leader of a team, including John Karanicolas (associate professor) and Eric Deeds (Assistant Professor), that is receiving a University of Kansas Level 1 Strategic Initiative Grant from the Research Investment Council.  The title of the project is “Smart bio-enabled molecular materials by design.”  The team also includes Candan Tamerler (Mechanical Engineering), Judy Wu (Physics and Astronomy) and Cindy Berrie (Chemistry).  The goal of this project is to use biological principles to develop and design intelligent self-assembling materials.  


Aaron Bart (graduate student, Scott lab, left) and Bryce Blankenfeld (graduate student, Gamblin lab, right) will be appointed to the National Institutes of Health funded Graduate Training Program in the Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology on July 1 for a term of two years.




 Kayla Wilson (undergraduate, Ward lab) won a poster award for her poster entitled "Isolation, characterization and annotation of mycobacteriophages from soil samples around Lawrence, KS" at the 7th Annual Howard Hughes Medical Institute SEA-PHAGES Symposium held at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA on June 12-14.




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July 2015 Presentations

Stuart Macdonald (associate professor) gave an invited lecture entitled "Genetic Dissection of Sleep Variation in the Drosophila Synthetic Population Resource" at the 14th Annual Complex Trait Community Annual Meeting in Portland OR on June 10th.

Audrey Lamb (professor) gave an invited lecture entitled “Breaking a Pathogen’s Iron Will: inhibiting siderophore production as an antimicrobial strategy” for the Summer Science Seminars at Wesleyan University on June 25.

Sonia Hall (Ward lab) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “An analysis of the requirement for septate junction proteins in essential morphogenetic events” on June 15.

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July 2015 Publications

Newton AH, Danahy DB, Chan MA, Benedict SHTimely blockade of ICAM-1.LFA-1 interaction prevents disease onset in a mouse model of emphysemaImmunotherapy [Epub ahead of print]

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