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Work by biochemists increasingly forms the basis of new techniques and treatments employed by physicians to treat disease; in IU's Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department, our priority area is structural virology and virus assembly.

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Biochemistry Seminar Series

Fridays in CH 033 at 2:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

To propose a guest speaker, please contact a co-chair of the seminar series:

  • MCB: Prof. Adam Zlotnick
  • Chemistry: Prof. Charles Dann III
  • Biology or Med. Science: Prof. Adam Zlotnick and Prof. Charles Dann III

Fall 2014

Aug 29 Labor Day - No Seminar
Sept 5 Charles Dann III (Indiana University) "Structural and Biochemical Strategies for Therapeutic Development" Host: Giedroc
Sept 12 Wendy Maury (University of Iowa) “The Role of TIM Proteins in Ebola Virus Entry” Host: Tuli
Sept 19 Richard Condit (University of Florida) "Post-Initiation Events in Poxvirus Late Gene Transcription" Host: Zlotnick
Sept 26 James Berger (Johns Hopkins University) "How Deep is the Rabbit Hole: The Unending Complexities of a 'Simple' DNA Remodeling Machine" Host: Bell
Oct 3 Annual Inorganic Alumni Symposium
Oct 11 5th Annual Watanabe Symposium in Chemical Biotechnology
Catherine Drennan
(HHMI and MIT) Title: TBA
Phillip S. Low
(Purdue University) Title: TBA
Michael A. Weiss (Case Western Reserve University) Title: TBA
Xiaowei Zhuang (HHMI and Harvard) Title: TBA

Oct 17 Nick Grossoehme (Winthrop University) “Being a PI at a PUI:  Expectations and Progress Inside and Outside of the Laboratory” Host: Giedroc
Oct 24 Chuck Sindelar (Yale University) "A New View of Allostery and Force Production in the Kinesin Motor by High-Resolution Cryogenic-EM"
Host: Cochran
Nov 7 Millie Georgiadis (IU School of Medicine--IUPUI) "Targeting the Base Excision Repair Enzyme APE1 for Development of Cancer Therapeutics" Host: Dann
Nov 14 Kim Lewis (Northeastern University) "The Quest for Sterilizing Antibiotics" Host: Zlotnick
Nov 21 Anthony Schwacha (University of Pittsburgh) "Coordination of DNA Replication with other Nuclear Processes: Insights from Studies of the Eukaryotic Replicative Helicase" Host: Bochman
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 12 William Clemons (CalTech) "Structural Insight Into the Delivery of Tail-Anchor Membrane Proteins to the ER" Host: Dann
Dec 26 Winter Break

Spring 2015

Jan 2 Winter Break
Jan 12
SI 001
Biochemisty Faculty Search - Sheena D'Arcy "Regulating Access to the Genome: Structure and Mechanism of Histone Chaperone Nap1" Host: Pikaard
Jan 14
SI 001
Biochemistry Faculty Search - Karl Duderstadt "TBA" Host: Bell
Jan 23 Jared Shaw (UC-Davis) "Multicomponent Approaches to Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology" Host: Pohl
Feb 2
SI 001
Biochemistry Faculty Search - Jan Erzberger "TBA" Host: Bochman
Feb 5
SI 001
Biochemistry Faculty Search - Jinwei Zhang "TBA" Host: Drummond
Feb 12
SI 001
Biochemistry Faculty Search - Shixin Liu "TBA" Host: Cochran
Feb 20 TBA () "TBA" Host: TBA
Feb 27 TBA () "TBA" Host: TBA
Mar 6 Ernesto Fuentes (Iowa) "TBA" Host: Giedroc
Mar 13 TBA () "TBA" Host: TBA
Mar 20 Spring Break
Mar 27 Floyd Romesberg (The Scripps Research Institute) "TBA" Host: Thielges
April 3 Ekaterina Heldwein (Tufts University) "TBA" Host: Tuli
April 10 TBA () "TBA" Host: TBA
April 17 TBA () "TBA" Host: TBA
April 24 Steve Johnson (IUPUI) "TBA" Host: Chen
May 1 Matthew Cordes (University of Arizona) "TBA" Host: Giedroc


BMB Research Club Series

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. in SI 001
(unless otherwise noted)

Fall 2014:

Aug 27 TBA () "TBA"
Sept 3 TBA () "TBA"
Sept 10 TBA () "TBA"
Sept 17 TBA () "TBA"
Sept 24 TBA () "TBA"
Oct 1 TBA () "TBA"
Oct 8 TBA () "TBA"
Oct 15 TBA () "TBA"
Oct 22 TBA () "TBA"
Oct 29 TBA () "TBA"
Nov 5 TBA () "TBA"
Nov 12 Alan Moore (Tuli) "Characterization of Ross River Virus Nucleocapsid Core-Like Particles Assembled at Different Solution Charge Ratios"
Nov 19 TBA () "TBA"
Nov 26 TBA () "TBA"
Dec 3 TBA () "TBA"
Dec 10 Natasha Gebhart (Hardy) "A Role for RNA-binding Proteins in Alphavirus Replication"

Spring 2015:

Jan 14 TBA () "TBA"
Jan 21 Meredith Krodel (Prieto) "TBA"
Jan 28 TBA () "TBA"
Feb 4 Siobhan Deis (Dann) "TBA"
Feb 11 TBA () "TBA"
Feb 18 TBA () "TBA"
Feb 25 TBA () "TBA"
March 4 TBA () "TBA"
Mar 11 TBA () "TBA"
Mar 25 TBA () "TBA"
April 1 TBA () "TBA"
April 8 TBA () "TBA"
April 15 TBA () "TBA"
April 22 TBA () "TBA"
April 29 TBA () "TBA"


Upcoming Ph.D. Defense/Upcoming MA Defense/Prelims

Upcoming Ph.D. Defense:

Aug 22
SI 001
Xiaohui Gao (Dann) "Exploration of c-di-GMP Signaling in B.Subtilis"  
Sept 16
SI 001
Yi Pan (Chen)"In vitro and in vivo Studies of an Agobacterium Tumefaciens Transcriptional Factor BlcR"  
Dec 9
SI 001
Ozden Kocaoglu (Carlson) "Activity-Based Probes for Selective Penicillin-Binding Protein Visualization"  
Dec 16
SI 001
Qian Dong (Bauer) "Cyst Cell Development Regulation in Rhodospirillum Centenum"  
Dec 17
SI 001
Yue Fu (Giedroc) "Buffer and Transfer, the Identification and Characterization of a Novel Copper Chaperone in Bacteria"  
Jan 14
SI 001
Arjan Vermeulen (Bauer) “Light-sensing in Bacteria”  

Masters Defense:

TBA TBA () "TBA"  


Oct 2
SI 001
Ryan Over (Michaels) "Understanding the Roles of the Linker Histones in Chromatin Structure and Function in Arabidopsis (Plants)"  
Oct 16
JH 302
Heidi Schindel (Bauer) "The RegA/RegB Two-Component System:  Redox-Responsive Control of Cellular Metabolism"  
Oct 27
SI 001
Kayla Bell (Cochran) "Mechanism of Directionality in Kinesin Motors"  
Oct 28
JH 102
Andrew Elliott (Shaw) "Genetic Analysis of Microtubule Array Organization in Arabidopsis Thaliana"  
Nov 20
SI 001
Haley Hoover (Kao) "Phosphorylation of the Brome Mosaic Virus Capsid Regulates the Timing of Infection"  
Dec 1
SI 001
Guangming Chen (Dann) "Exploring Human Tyrosine O-Sulfation"  
Dec 2
SI 001
Sundhar Subramanian (Dann) "Analysis of c-di-GMP signaling in Bacillus"  
Dec 5
SI 001
Jiangyu Yan (Bell) "Characterizing the Sulfolobus PolB1 Holoenzyme: PolB1 in Complex With Two Novel Identified Subunits"  
Dec 12
SI 001
Mingxu Fang (Bauer) "Characterizing the Regulon of CrtJ/AerR in Rhodobacter Capsulatus"  
Dec 16
JH A302D
Chinnu Chandrasekhara (Pikaard) "Investigating rRNA gene dosage control in Arabidopsis thaliana"