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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 2016

Sept 9 Ed Egelman (University of Virginia)"Cryo-EM of Protein Polymers at Near-Atomic Resolution: New Insights into Evolutionary Divergence" Host Daniel Kearns
Sept 16 Inorganic Alumni Symposium
Sept 23 Marc Morais (utmb Health)"Structural and Functional Analysis of a Viral dsDNA Packaging Motor" Host Pranav Danthi
Sept 30 Steve Bell (MIT) "Mechanisms of Eukaryotic DNA Replication Initiation: Single-molecules studies and the impact of nucleosomes" Matt Bochman
Oct 7 Fall Break-Watanabe Symposium on 10/08
Oct 14 Sussane Ressl (Assistant Scientist, MCB Dept., IUB)"Structural Neuroscience of Synapse Organizing C1QL proteins"
Oct 21 Yamuna Krishnan (University of Chicago)"DNA nanodevices to measure protein activity in vivo" Host Pohl Co-sponsored by NIH-Funded QCB Training Program and IU MCB Department.
Oct 28 Christopher am Ende (Pfizer Inc.)"Design and Application of Clickable β- and γ-Secretase Probes for Chemoproteomic Profiling and Mechanism of Action Studies" Host Pohl Co-sponsored by NIH-Funded QCB Training Program and IU MCB Department.
Nov 4 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
Nov 11 Ailong Ke (Cornell University)"TBA" Host Dann
Nov 18 Patrick Barth (Baylor University)"TBA" Host Jonathan Schlebach
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2 Tentatively reserved for faculty recruiting
Dec 9 Tentatively reserved for faculty recruiting
Dec 16 Tentatively reserved for faculty recruiting

Spring 2017

Jan 13 Tentatively reserved for faculty recruiting
Jan 20 Tentatively reserved for faculty recruiting
Jan 27 Tentatively reserved for faculty recruiting
Feb 3 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
Feb 10 Gino Cingolani (TBA)"TBA" Host Tuli Mukhopadhyay
Feb 17 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
Feb 24 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
Mar 3 Rick Morimoto (Northwestern University)"TBA" Host Lingling Chen
Mar 10 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
Mar 17 Spring Break
Mar 24 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
Mar 31 Karim Labib (University of Dundee)"TBA" Host Steve Bell
Apr 7 Klaus Schulten (University of Illinois)"TBA" Host Bogdan Dragnea
Apr 14 Heather Pinkett (Northwestern University)"TBA" Host Jonathan Schlebach
Apr 21 Cara Pager (SUNY-Albany)"TBA" Host Tuli Mukhopadhyay
Apr 28 TBA (TBA)"TBA" Host TBA
May 5 TBA (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 2016:

Aug 24 Matt Bochman and Lingling Chen "BMB basics and reorganization"
Aug 31 Guangming Chen (Dann) "Exploration of the human tyrosyl sulfoproteome"
Sept 7 Giovanni Gonzalez-Gutierrez, PBIF Manager, IU "Structure-function studies of nicotinic-receptor type ion channels"
Sept 14 Jonathan Schlebach, Assistant Professor, IU Chemistry "Mechanistic Basis for the Pathogenic Misfolding of Integral Membrane Proteins"
Sept 21 Jiangyu Yan (Bell) "Identification and Characterization of an Archaeal Heterotrimeric DNA Polymerase Holoenzyme"
Sept 28 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
Oct 5 Jon Trinidad (Director of Biological Mass Spectrometry) "Mass Spectrometry as a Tool to Understand Cellular and Molecular Biological Processes"
Oct 12 Chris Shidal (Davis) "Using the multifaceted peptide Lunasin to combat malignant melanoma"
Oct 19 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
Oct 26 Hui Peng (Giedroc) "Hydrogen sulfide and reactive sulfur species impact proteome S-sulfhydration and global virulence regulation in Staphylococcus aureus"
Nov 2 Joe Wang (Electron Microscopy Center, IUB) "An introduction to the cryo-EM and it's application at IU EMC"
Nov 30 David Dudek (Daleke) "TBA"
Dec 7 Hengyao Niu (Assistant Professor, MCB) "Mechanism of topoisomerase I - catalyzed genomic ribonucleotide removal in yeast"
Dec 14 Daniel Chodur (Rowe-Magnus) "TBA"

BMB Research Club Series

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

Spring 2017:

Jan 11 Susanne Ressl (Assistant Research Scientist MCB) "TBA"
Jan 18 Sundhar Subramanian (Dann) "TBA"
Jan 25 Lye Siang Lee (Zlotnick) "TBA"
Feb 1 Banu Vuyyuri (Associate Research Scientist: Biotechnology) "TBA"
Feb 8 Benny Walker (Cochran) "TBA"
Feb 22 Ryan Over (Michaels) "TBA"
Mar 1 Sebastien Zappa (Bauer Lab:Research Associate) "TBA"
Mar 8 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
Mar 15 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
Mar 22 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
Mar 29 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
April 5 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
April 12 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
April 19 TBA (TBA) "TBA"
April 26 Kayla Bell (Cochran) "TBA"
May 3 Alan Moore (Mukhopadhyay) "TBA"


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

Upcoming Ph.D. Defense:

June 30 1:30pm CH 001 Chenglei Li (Zlotnick) "Understanding Viral Capsid Assembly Based on Simple Dodecahedral Systems”  
July 27 10:00am JH 248 Chinmayi Chandrasekhara (Pikaard) "Selective ribosomal RNA gene silencing in Arabidopsis"  
Aug 3 3:00pm JH 009 Ali Ozes (Nephew) “Targeting the long non-coding RNA HOTAIR in cancer”  
Aug 17 12:00pm JH 248 Haley Hoover (Kao) "Phosphorylation of the Brome Mosaic Virus Capsid Regulates the Timing of Viral Infection”  
Dec 13 2:00pm SI 001 Vivekananda Kedage (Hollenhorst) "Delineating  Oncogenic Mechanisms Of ETS Transcription Factors"  

Masters Defense:

TBA TBA () "TBA"  


Nov 4 1:30pm SI 001 Jacob Yablonowski (VanNieuwenhze) "Novel Fluorescent Probes for Monitoring Peptidoglycan Synthesis in Live Bacteria"  
Nov 8 2:00pm SI 001 Ryan Chaparian (van Kessel) "Impact of Local and Global Promoter Architecture on the Transcription of Quorum Sensing Genes"  
Nov 9 12:00pm SI 001 Garrett Booher (VanNieuwenhze) "TBA"  
Nov 10 2:00pm SI 001 Zhongchao Zhao (Zlotnick) "Characterization of assembly, intermediates of assembly, and modulation of assembly of the Hepatitis B virus capsid"  
Nov 17 1:00pm SI 001 James Haley (Mitra) "TBA"  
Nov 17 2:00pm SI 001 Allissa Haney (Kehoe) "TBA"  
Nov 18 11:30am C 127 Archita Agrawal (DiMarchi) "TBA"  
Nov 22 1:00pm SI 001 Chris Schlicksup (Zlotnick) "TBA"