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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.

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

  • 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. Continue reading →

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Research Awards

  • 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”.

  • December 20th, 2017 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a 2018 CIMED P&F award from the Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases for his work entitled “Effects of Mechanical Forces on Cardiac Excitability in Heart Disease”.

  • October 2nd, 2017 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Chemistry Adjunct received a two year, Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Competitive Renewal Grant Program award from Susan G. Komen for the Cure for his research entitled “Multifunctional inhibitors of MET/RON signaling and cross-talk with EGFR/HER2”. The work is focused on developing new drugs to treat breast cancer by dual targeting of the tumor and its microenvironment.

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Recent Publications

  • Min Kyung Shinn, Alexander G. Kozlov, and Timothy M. Lohman
    Allosteric Effect of E. coli SSB C-Terminal Tails on RecOR Binding to DNA
    Biophysical Journal, Volume 114, Issue 3, Supplement 1, Page 441a (2018) (Abstract)

  • Andrea Soranno, Franziska Zosel, and Hagen Hofmann
    Internal friction in an intrinsically disordered protein—Comparing Rouse-like models with experiments
    The Journal of Chemical Physics 148, 123326 (2018) (Abstract)

  • Yang B., Vasbinder M., Hird A.W., Su Q., Wang H., Yu Y., Toader D., Lyne P.D., Read J.A., Breed J., Ioannidis S., Deng C., Grondine M., DeGrace N., Whitston D., Brassil P., and Janetka J.W.
    Adventures in Scaffold Morphing: Discovery of Fused Ring Heterocyclic Checkpoint Kinase 1 (CHK1) Inhibitors.
    J Med Chem. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b01490. (2018) (Abstract)

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