February 2016 News

Kristi Neufeld (associate professor) organized a conference for KU Cancer Center Cancer Biology, a research program which she co-leads.  The meeting, held on January 22 at Maceli’s Banquet Hall in Lawrence, included talks from Stowers Institute and KU Medical Center program members and a keynote lecture by Saraswati Sukumar, PhD, Professor of Human Genetics, Professor of Oncology and Pathology, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.



Liang Xu (left, associate professor) and Kristi Neufeld (above, associate professor) had a recent research article entitled “Natural product (–)-gossypol inhibits colon cancer cell growth by targeting RNA-binding protein Musashi-1” highlighted in KU Today.




Bryce Blankenfeld (graduate student, Gamblin lab) has been selected to receive an Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship which will be presented at the 10th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Conference: An Educational Course on Translating Research into Drugs on March 6-8, 2016 in Miami Beach, FL.



Nikola Kenjic (graduate student, Lamb lab) was the recipient of a KU Molecular Biosciences Travel Grant to attend the Eleventh KinTek New Enzymology Kinetics Workshop in Austin Texas, January 3-8.





Kyle Monize (undergraduate, Chandler lab) and Adam Reeves (undergraduate, Macdonald lab) were the recipients of poster awards at the 14th Annual K-INBRE Symposium in Overland Park, KS on January 16th.  Kyle’s poster was entitled “Ligand-binding requirements of an unusual LuxR homolog in the human pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei."  Adam’s poster was entitled “Patterns of transposable element expression during Drosophila aging.”  Kyle (far left) and Adam (far right) are shown with the other poster prize winners.

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February 2016 Presentations

Mizuki Azuma (associate professor) and Chad Slawson (KUMC) gave a joint talk as recipients of cancer biology program pilot award at KUCC Cancer Biology Research Program Meeting on January 22.  The title of the talk was "O-GlcNAcylation in mitosis.”

Brian Ackley (associate professor) presented a talk entitled “Keep CALM and mind the synapseat the 14th Annual K-INBRE Symposium in Overland Park, KS on January 16th.

Lynn Hancock (associate professor) gave an invited seminar entitled “The role of peptide signaling in the biology of Enterococcus faecalis” in the department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on January 13.

Rana Aliani (undergraduate, Lundquist lab) presented a talk entitled “The Neurofibromatosis type 2 molecule NFM-1 controls neuronal migration in C. elegans” at the 14th Annual K-INBRE Symposium in Overland Park, KS on January 16th.

Jessica van Loben Sels (undergraduate, Davido lab) presented a talk entitled “The N-terminus of the NSF-1 E3 ligase ICP0 stimulates viral replication and gene expression in cells exposed to interferon-bat the 14th Annual K-INBRE Symposium in Overland Park, KS on January 16th.

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February 2016 Publications

Johnson DK, Karanicolas J.  Ultra-high-throughput structure-based virtual screening for small-molecule inhibitors of protein-protein interactionsJ. Chem. Inf. Model. [Epub ahead of print]


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