Jim Janetka’s work featured in PNAS

Jim JanetkaCongratulations to Jim Janetka, whose work on UTI treatments was featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (more…)

Eric Galburt and Jim Janetka Awarded Tenure
Congratulations to Eric Galburt and Jim Janetka! Both have been awarded tenure by the university!
Save the Date – Symposium in Remembrance of Dr. John Majors

On Friday, October 19th, 2018, a symposium in remembrance of Dr. John Majors will be held. To view more information.

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2017 BMB Holiday Party

On December 16th, 2017, the BMB Department celebrated its annual Holiday Party at the Saint Louis Zoo. Everyone enjoyed the Zoo Wild Lights display, great food and a game of Rudolf the red-nose reindeer.

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Single Molecule Workshop: Structural Dynamics of Biomolecules and 34th Robert E. Olson Lecture

The Single Molecule Workshop will be held at Saint Louis University, in the Education Union Auditorium, on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017.

5th Annual Workshop: Structural Dynamics of Biomolecules
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Frontiers in Molecular Medicine and 34th Robert E. Olson Lecture
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Speakers include Enrico Di Cera, M.D., Colin Nichols, Ph.D., Frances Yap, Ph.D., Yann Chemla, Ph.D., Kathleen Hall, Ph.D., and Beniamino Barbieri, Ph.D.

More information and registration can be found on HERE (

24th Annual Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBSB) Graduate Student Retreat

The Annual BBSB retreat was held on October 20th and 21st, 2017 at the Cedar Creek. This year the keynote speakers were: Drs. Andrea Soranno and Rui Zhang, Assistant Professors in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Dr. Soranno presented on “Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy of intrinsically disordered proteins”. Dr. Zhang presented on “What can you do with cryo-EM”. Friday evening concluded with a poster session. In addition to the two keynote speakers, various students presented talks on their research during the day on Friday and Saturday. (more…)

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Research Awards

February 27th, 2018 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a two year, Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research grant award from the March of Dimes for his work entitled “Understanding Congenital Heart Disease from the Ground Up”.

February 26th, 2018 – Weikai Li, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, along with Jayne S. Weiss, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, LSU Health Sciences Center received a new two year, grant award from the National Eye Institute for his research entitled “Structural basis of Schnyder corneal dystrophy”.

January 26th, 2018 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, along with Kory Lavine, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Christopher M. Sturgeon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, received a 2018 Center of Regenerative Medicine (CRM) seed grant for their work entitled “Leveraging macrophage ontogeny to engineer human cardiac tissues to model cardiomyopathy”.

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Recent Publications

Kalas V., Hibbing M.E., Maddirala A.R., Chugani R., Pinkner J.S., Mydock-McGrane L.K., Conover M.S., Janetka J.W., & Hultgren S.J. (2018). “Structure-based discovery of glycomimetic FmlH ligands as inhibitors of bacterial adhesion during urinary tract infection.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Mar 5. pii: 201720140. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1720140115. (Abstract)

James W. Janetka & Roseann M. Benson (2018). “Extracellular Targeting of Cell Signaling in Cancer: Strategies Directed at MET and RON Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Pathways” ISBN-13: 978-1119300182, ISBN-10: 1119300185 (Publisher)

Spaulding C.N., Klein R.D., Schreiber H.L. 4th, Janetka J.W., & Hultgren S.J. (2018). “Precision antimicrobial therapeutics: the path of least resistance?” NPJ Biofilms Microbiomes. 2018 Feb 27;4:4. doi: 10.1038/s41522-018-0048-3. eCollection 2018. (Abstract)

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