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September 2017 News

David Davido (associate professor) served as selection committee chair for the Priscilla Schaffer Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Travel Awards at the 42nd International Herpesvirus Workshop in Ghent, Belgium, from July 29-August 2, 2017.  He also gave a talk entitled "Inhibition of Viral DNA Replication Limits the Efficacy of an HSV-1 Neuro-attenuated Vaccine in Mice.”

 

 

Ilya Vakser (professor) received the competitive renewal of his National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH Research Project Grant (R01) entitled "Integrated resource for protein recognition studies."  The goal of this four- year project is to develop protein docking methodology and an accompanying molecular recognition data resource for studies of protein interfaces and development of docking and scoring techniques.

 

 

Dr. Sonia Hall, who obtained her PhD from Rob Ward's lab in Molecular Biosciences, was recently profiled by the KU College of Graduate Affairs for their Alumni Spotlight series. Dr. Hall currently works for the Genetics Society of America as their Director of Engagement and Development.

 

 

Dr. Adam Norris, a 2011 Ph.D. graduate of the Lundquist lab, has started a position as assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Adam was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. John Calarco in the FAS Institute for Systems Biology at Harvard University, where he studied regulation of RNA processing in neurons and developed CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing techniques in C. elegans.

 

Jeff McFarlane (graduate student, Lamb lab) is the recipient of the Borgendale Award for his talk at the 2017 Graduate Student Symposium. Jeff’s research talk was entitled “Biosynthesis of opine metallophores by bacterial pathogens.”  

 

 

Christian Gomez (graduate student, Neufeld lab) was the recipient of a travel award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to help defray expenses associated with attending the Gastrointestinal Tract XVII: Current Biology of the GI tract, Mucosa, Microbiota, and Beyond FASEB Science Research Conference.  At the Conference, held July 30 - August 4 in Steamboat Springs, CO, Gomez gave an oral presentation entitled “Increased Levels of APC in Goblet Cells Linked to Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Non-O Glycosylated Muc2.”

Taybor Parker (graduate student, Neufeld lab) was the recipient of a travel award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to help defray expenses associated with attending the Gastrointestinal Tract XVII: Current Biology of the GI tract, Mucosa, Microbiota, and Beyond FASEB Science Research Conference. At the Conference, held July 30 - August 4 in Steamboat Springs, CO, Parker presented a poster entitled “Wnt-dependent asymmetric distribution of the ß-catenin destruction complex in the mammalian intestine.”

The Annual MB Graduate Student Symposium was held at The Oread on August 18th with guest speaker Mary Dasso as this year’s John C. Davis Memorial Lecture speaker. Her seminar was entitled, Poring over the Nuclear Pore: Nucleoporin functions in interphase and mitosis.”

 

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September 2017 Presentations

Joanne Chapman (postdoc, Unckless lab) presented her research at two international conferences this month. First, she presented a poster at the 2017 International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides in Copenhagen, Denmark (Aug 25-27).  Second, she gave a talk entitled “Balancing selection is pervasive in Drosophila antimicrobial peptides” at the Ecological Immunology Workshop in Blossin, Germany on August 29th.

Thelma Chiremba (graduate student, Neufeld lab) gave a Borgendale talk at the annual graduate student symposium on August 18 entitled “Investigating a role for Musashi-1 in intestinal development and organ size regulation.”

Jennifer Klaus (graduate student, Chandler lab) gave a Borgendale talk at the annual graduate student symposium on August 18 entitled “Regulation and virulence effects of malleilactone, a small-molecule cytotoxin in Burkholderia pseudomallei.

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September 2017 Publications

Zeng Y, Ma J, Xu L, Wu D. Natural Product Gossypol and Its Derivatives in Precision Cancer Medicine. Current Medicinal Chemistry. 2017 (in press).

Yu J, Zhao X, Zhang N, You C, Yao G, Zhu J, Xu L, and Sun B. Identification of novel 3-nitroacridines as autophagy inducers in gastric cancer cells. New Journal of Chemistry 2017; 41(10):4087-4095.

Zheng Y-G, Wu X-Q, Su J, Jiang P, Xu L, Gao J, Cai B, and Ji M. Design and synthesis of a novel photoaffinity probe for labelling egf receptor tyrosine kinases. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry 2017; 32(1):954-959.

 

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