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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
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

Feb 5 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA
Feb 12 Brandt Eichman (Vanderbilt University)"TBA" Host: Bochman
Feb 19 Caryn Outten (University of South Carolina)"TBA" Host: David Giedroc
Feb 26 Anja Bielinsky (University of Minnesota)"TBA" Host: Matt Bochman
Mar 4 Patrick Sung (Yale University)"TBA" Host: Niu
Mar 11 Sandra Weller (University of Connecticut)"TBA" Host: Tuli
Mar 18 Spring Break
Mar 25 Steven Boxer (Stanford University)"TBA" 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)"TBA" Host: Giedroc
Apr 29 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA
May 6 TBA ()"TBA" Host: TBA

BMB Research Club Series

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in SI 001
(unless otherwise noted)

Fall 2015:

Aug 26 Vibhor Mishra (Pikaard) "Biochemical Features of RNA-DEPENDENT RNA POLYMERASE 2 (RDR2), an Enzyme Involved in Biogenesis of Precursors of 24nt Small RNAs"
Sept 2 Andrew Elliott (Shaw) "A Key Regulatory Step in Creating Plant Microtubule Array Patterns"
Sept 16 Chinnu Chandrasekhara (Pikaard) "Chromosome-Specific NOR Inactivation Accounts for Selective rRNA Gene Silencing and Dosage Control in Arabidopsis"
Sept 23 Uma Gabale (Ressl) "Molecular Switches in Ligand Binding/Release Mechanism of Antheraea Polyphemus Pheromone-Binding Protein"
Oct 14 Siobhan Deis (Dann) "Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography: Structural Data from Diffraction Patterns"
Oct 28 Megan Thielges (IU Department of Chemistry) "Dynamics of Molecular Recognition"
Nov 4 Julia Martin (Giedroc) "The Role of Manganese Efflux in Manganese Homeostasis"
Nov 11 Daiana Capdevila (Giedroc) "Internal Motions Dictate Allostery in Transcriptional Regulator from Pathogenic Bacteria"
Dec 2 Quan Wang (Niu) "Regulation of Chromosome Crossover Formation in Eukaryotes"
Dec 9 Lye siang Lee (Zlotnick) "TBA"
Dec 16 Virginia Smith (Dragnea) "TBA"
Mar 9 Heidi Schindel (Bauer) "TBA"
Mar 23 Haley Hoover (Kao) "TBA"
May 4 Kayla Bell (Cochran) "TBA"


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

Upcoming Ph.D. Defense:

Aug 5
SI 001
Natasha Gebhart (Hardy) "The Identification and Characterization of RNA-Binding Proteins Involved in Alphavirus Replication"  
Aug 19
SI 001
Melissa Illingworth (Chen) "Activation of Folding Function of the Single Ring Groelsr"  
Sept 4
SI 101
Joseph Kumka (Bauer) "Global Transcriptional Control of Photosynthetic and Aerobic Events in Rhodobacter Capsulatus"  
Dec 15
SI 001
Erkin Kuru (VanNieuwenhze) “Novel Ways for Decorating Bacterial Cell Walls Advance Fundamental Knowledge About Bacterial Growth”  

Masters Defense:

TBA TBA () "TBA"  


Aug 21
SI 001
David Dudek (Daleke) "ATP8A1, A P4-Type Atpase and Phosphatidylserine 'Flippase' with sn-1,2-Stereospecificity"  
Nov 10
SI 001
Cody Rogers (Bochman) "RecQ4 Family Helicases are Multifunctional Genome Caretakers"  
Nov 11
CH C127
Benjamin Walker (Cochran) "Biophysical Details of an Unconventional Drosophila Kinesin"  
Nov 12
SI 001
Hui Peng (Giedroc) "Intersection of Reactive Nitrogen and Sulfur Species in Staphylococcus Aureus"  
Nov 24
SI 001
Jiefei Wang (Giedroc) "Biochemical Investigation of the Zinc-limitation Response in Acinetobacter Baumannii"  
Dec 1
SI 001
Brian Towell (Tuli) "TBA"  
Dec 8
JH 001
Nick Pulliam (Nephew) "TBA"  
Dec 9
CH C033
Yen-Pang Hsu (VanNieuwenhze) "TBA"  
Dec 11
SI 001
Michael Priestley (VanNieuwenhze) "TBA"