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Whitney Grither awarded 2017 DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry

On May 5th, 2017, Whitney Grither was awarded the 2017 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry. Whitney presented her research entitled: Selective Small Molecule Inhibition of Discoidin Domain Receptor 2. Whitney graduated this Spring from the Biochemistry graduate program. She finished her PhD work in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Longmore with the express purpose of identifying novel modes of inhibiting an underappreciated collagen receptor, DDR2, which they had just shown was critical for breast cancer metastasis in experimental mouse models and humans (Nature Cell Biology, 2013). (more…)

Dr. Galletto Receives Tenure

Congratulations to Roberto Galletto, whose promotion with tenure was officially approved by the Board of Trustees on March 3, 2017.

Joseph Stodola – Olin Biomedical Science Fellow

Congratulations to Joseph Stodola. Joe received the Olin Biomedical Science Fellowship. These Fellowships were created by a generous gift from the Olin Foundation. The Olin Fellowships are presented to Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students conducting research in the biomedical sciences in any Washington University graduate program who have made significant contributions, and demonstrated the potential to become outstanding research scientists. Joe obtained his PhD degree last summer in Peter Burgers’ lab. Next month, he will join Sigma-Aldrich.

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BMB EVENTS

3rd Annual Chili Cook-off (2017)

On April 21st, 2017, we held our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off. This year included a few non-chili options such as vegan and Chinese selections. The Burgers Lab won this year. Congratulations!
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2017 Carl and Gerty Cori Lecture

Dr. Taekjip Ha, from Johns Hopkins University, presented this year’s Carl and Gerty Cori Lecture on February 28, 2017 in Connor Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center. Dr. Ha is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. (more…)

2016 SLU and WU Retreat

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

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Research Awards

  • April 6th, 2017 – Roberto Galletto, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a four year grant award renewal from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “Helicase Activity and its Role in Telomere and Telomerase Regulation”.

  • 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”.

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Recent Publications

  • Mydock-McGrane L.K., Hannan T.J., and Janetka J.W.
    Rational Design Strategies for FimH Antagonists: New Drugs on the Horizon for Urinary Tract Infection and Crohn’s Disease.
    Expert Opin Drug Discov. (2017) (Abstract)

  • Wang H., Shu Q., Frieden C., and Gross M.L.
    Deamidation slows Curli Amyloid-Protein Aggregation.
    Biochemistry. (2017) (Abstract)

  • Benjamin Yaw Owusu, Robert Galemmo, James Janetka, and Lidija Klampfer
    Hepatocyte Growth Factor, a Key Tumor-Promoting Factor in the Tumor Microenvironment
    Cancers 2017, 9(4), 35 (2017) (Abstract)

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