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Indiana University Bloomington

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 2015

Sept 4 Mindy Steiniger (University of Missouri-St. Louis)"Protein-Protein Interactions Required for Histone mRNA 3’ end Processing in Drosophila" Host: Hundley
Sept 18 Lois Pollack (Cornell University) "Pioneering New Methods for Exploring DNA or RNA Binding Partners" Host: Giedroc
Sept 25
2:30pm
SI 001
Dennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania) "Foreign vs Self Recognition of Materials & Cells by Macrophages" Host: Yan Yu
Sept 25 Inorganic Alumni Symposium
Oct 2 George Lorimer (UMD-College Park) "Optimizing Protein Folding with a Parallel-Processing, Iterative Annealing Machine" Host: Lingling
Oct 9 Fall Break-Watanabe Symposium on 10/10
Oct 16 Yong Xiong (Yale University)"A Structural Biology View of HIV Suppression by Host Antiviral Factors and Viral Immune Evasion Strategies" Host: Niu
Oct 30 Jianming Hu (Penn State University)"Hepatitis B Virus Capsid Assembly, Maturation, and Disassembly" Host: Zlotnick
Nov 6 Rui Zhao (University of Colorado-Boulder)"Targeting the Six1/Eya Transcriptional Complex for Breast Cancer Therapy" Host: Giedroc
Nov 13 Tanja Kortemme (UCSF)"Computational Design of Modified and New Protein Functions - Sensors for New Signals and Controllable Machines" Host: Giedroc *Visit Co-sponsored by NIH-Funded QCB Training Program and IU MCB Department
Nov 20 Anna Kashina (University of Pennsylvania)"Protein Arginylation as the Global Regulator of Cell Migration and Protein Function" Host: Ke Hu
Nov 27 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 4 Samy Meroueh (IU School of Medicine)"Small Molecules to Explore Protein-Protein Interactions in Cancer Metastasis" Host: Charles Dann
Dec 11 Kirill Afonin (UNC-Charlotte)"Multifunctional RNA and DNA Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications" Host: Dragnea
Dec 18 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA

Spring 2016

Jan 15 Malcolm Winkler (Professor of Biology; Dept. of Biology IUB) "Sizing Up Streptococcus pneumoniae: Peptidoglycan Biosynthesis Mechanisms That Determine Cell Shape, Size, and Chaining of Gram-positive Ovococcus Bacterial Pathogens"
Feb 5 Jiajie Diao (University of Cincinnati )"Ultra-sensitive single-molecule quantification of DNA epigenetic modifications" Host: Ressl
Feb 12 Brandt Eichman (Vanderbilt University)"A New Paradigm for DNA Repair Revealed through Structural Biology of Bacterial DNA glycosylases" Host: Bochman
Feb 19 Caryn Outten (University of South Carolina)"Fe-S Clusters as Sensors of Cellular Iron Status" Host: David Giedroc
Feb 26 Anja Bielinsky (University of Minnesota)"SUMO and Ubiquitin Networks Promoting Replication Stress Tolerance" Host: Matt Bochman
Mar 4 Patrick Sung (Yale University)"Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 Complex in Homologous Recombination" Host: Niu
Mar 11 Sandra Weller (University of Connecticut)"Herpes Simplex Virus Must Navigate a Hostile Environment to Establish a Lytic Infection" Host: Tuli
Mar 18 Spring Break
Mar 25 Steven Boxer (Stanford University)"Vibrational Stark Spectroscopy Connects Electrostatics to Catalytic Rates at Enzyme Active Sites" Host: Yan Yu
Apr 1 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA
Apr 8 Christine Dunham (Emory University)"TBA" Host: Tuli
Apr 15 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA
Apr 22 Amy Palmer (University of Colorado)"Development of fluorescent tools for live cell imaging: how quantitative imaging led to exploration of zinc ions as cellular messengers " Host: Giedroc
Apr 29 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA
May 6 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA

BMB Research Club Series

Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in SI 001
(unless otherwise noted)

Spring 2016:

Feb 3 Virginia Smith (Dragnea) "SNARE Mediated Vesicle Fusion: A Future Assay for Viral Assembly"
Feb 17 Vivekananda Kedage (Hollenhorst) "ERG-EZH2 mediated gene repression is relieved by ERK phosphorylation of ERG"
Feb 24 Ali Ozes (Nephew) "TBA"
Mar 2 Andrew Elliot (Shaw) "TBA"
Mar 9 Heidi Schindel (Bauer) "TBA"
Mar 16 Chinmayi Chandrasekhara (Pikaard) "TBA"
Mar 23 Haley Hoover (Kao) "TBA"
April 6 Ryan Over (Michaels) "TBA"
April 13 Wan-Hung Lee (Hohman) "TBA"
April 20 Sundhar Subramanian (Dann) "TBA"
April 27 Haley Hoover (Kao) "TBA"
May 4 Kayla Bell (Cochran) "TBA"

 

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

Upcoming Ph.D. Defense:

Aug 5
10:00am
SI 001
Natasha Gebhart (Hardy) "The Identification and Characterization of RNA-Binding Proteins Involved in Alphavirus Replication"  
Aug 19
1:00pm
SI 001
Melissa Illingworth (Chen) "Activation of Folding Function of the Single Ring Groelsr"  
Sept 4
9:00am
SI 101
Joseph Kumka (Bauer) "Global Transcriptional Control of Photosynthetic and Aerobic Events in Rhodobacter Capsulatus"  
Dec 15
2:00pm
SI 001
Erkin Kuru (VanNieuwenhze) “Novel Ways for Decorating Bacterial Cell Walls Advance Fundamental Knowledge About Bacterial Growth”  
Jan 26
11:00am
IMU Oak Rm
Rachel Samson (Bell) "The Regulated Recruitment of the MCM Helicase to Origins of Replication"  

Masters Defense:

TBA TBA () "TBA"  

Prelims:

Aug 21
2:00pm
SI 001
David Dudek (Daleke) "ATP8A1, A P4-Type Atpase and Phosphatidylserine 'Flippase' with sn-1,2-Stereospecificity"  
Nov 10
1:30pm
SI 001
Cody Rogers (Bochman) "RecQ4 Family Helicases are Multifunctional Genome Caretakers"  
Nov 11
10:30am
CH C127
Benjamin Walker (Cochran) "Biophysical Details of an Unconventional Drosophila Kinesin"  
Nov 12
1:00pm
SI 001
Hui Peng (Giedroc) "Intersection of Reactive Nitrogen and Sulfur Species in Staphylococcus Aureus"  
Nov 24
3:00pm
SI 001
Jiefei Wang (Giedroc) "Biochemical Investigation of the Zinc-limitation Response in Acinetobacter Baumannii"  
Dec 1
2:00pm
SI 001
Brian Towell (Tuli) "Elucidating the Role of Interdimer Contacts in Alphavirus Spike Assembly"  
Dec 8
12:30pm
JH 001
Nick Pulliam (Nephew) "The Novel Combination of DNMTi and PARPi in BRCA-proficient Ovarian Cancer"  
Dec 9
2:30pm
CH C033
Yen-Pang Hsu (VanNieuwenhze) "Analysis of Bacterial Peptidoglycan Synthesis and Dynamics through Fluorescent Molecule Probing"  
Dec 11
1:00pm
SI 001
Michael Priestley (VanNieuwenhze) "Functionalizing the Hepatitis B Virus Capsid with a Small Molecule"