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Length of Service Awards

The 2016 Department Service Awards were announced at the Holiday Party on January 8th, 2017.

We would like to thank all members of the department for their service, especially the following: (more…)

Dr. Weikai Li featured in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

Dr. Weikai LiThe January 2017 issue of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology is now available, and it features a News and Views piece highlighting Dr. Weikai Li’s recent publication, Warfarin traps human vitamin K epoxide reductase in an intermediate state during electron transfer.

You can view Dr. Weikai Li’s paper on NSMB’s site HERE (nature.com), or view the commentary on his paper HERE (nature.com).

Key drivers: Investments in basic science are fundamental to biomedical discovery.

School of Medicine investigators are harnessing new technologies to create precision and personalized approaches to diseases — advances that could not occur without prior investments in basic research.

“Basic research is a key driver of biomedical discovery and an essential part of the robust research environment at the School of Medicine,” said David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. (more…)

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BMB EVENTS

2016 SLU and WU Retreat

The SLU/WU Retreat was held on October 7, 2016 at the Danforth Plant Science Center.

Click the following links to view more photos or a slideshow of the photos taken at the event.

2016 Joint Department Welcome BBQ

On August 25, 2016, the Biochemistry Department and the Graduate Programs in Biochemistry and Computational & Molecular Biophysics hosted a welcome BBQ for the new incoming students.
The BBQ was held in Forest Park with food catered from Vernon’s BBQ. (Photos)

2nd Annual Chili Cook-off

On February 19th, we held our Annual Chili Cook-off. The competition was intense and the chili was good! The Lohman lab is this year’s winner. Congratulations! (Photos)

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Research Awards

  • January 30th, 2017 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Chemistry Adjunct, along with Scott Hultgren, PhD, Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology received and a four year grant award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for his research entitled “Small Molecule Bacterial Lectin Antagonists for UTI Treatment and Prevention”.

  • December 19th, 2016 – Timothy M. Lohman, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a four year grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “Helicase Catalyzed DNA Unwinding”.

  • November 1st, 2016 – Dr. Gregory Bowman, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a two year subcontract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This project is a subcontract with Drs. Gaya Amarsinghe (Wash U) and Christopher Basler (Georgia State University) for his project entitled “Therapeutics Targeting Filoviral Interferon-Antagonist and Replication Functions”.

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Recent Publications

  • Vasilios Kalas, Jerome S. Pinkner, Thomas J. Hannan, Michael E. Hibbing, Karen W. Dodson, Alex S. Holehouse, Hao Zhang, Niraj H. Tolia, Michael L. Gross, Rohit V. Pappu, James Janetka and Scott J. Hultgren
    Evolutionary fine-tuning of conformational ensembles in FimH during host-pathogen interactions
    Science Advances Vol. 3, no. 2 (2017) (Abstract)

  • Santiago-Tirado F.H., Onken M.D., Cooper J.A., Klein R.S., and Doering T.L.
    Trojan Horse Transit Contributes to Blood-Brain Barrier Crossing of a Eukaryotic Pathogen.
    MBio. (2017) (Abstract)

  • Melissa M. Budelier, Wayland W. L. Cheng, Lucie Bergdoll, Zi-Wei Chen, Jeff Abramson, Kathiresan Krishnan, Mingxing Qian, Douglas F. Covey, James W. Janetka, and Alex S. Evers
    Click Chemistry Reagent for Identification of Sites of Covalent Ligand Incorporation in Integral Membrane Proteins
    Analytical Chem. (2017) (Abstract)

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