Greenberg Lab Publication Highlighted in Circulation

A recent publication in PNAS (Clippinger et al.) from the Greenberg lab was highlighted in Circulation. The Greenberg lab demonstrated how a mutation that causes genetic heart failure affects not only how the proteins in the heart generate force, but also how heart cells respond to changes in their mechanical environment. This work has important implications for the development of new precision medicine therapies for heart failure.

The highlight can be found here and the PNAS article can be found here.

2020 John E. Majors Award Recipients

On January 30, the John E. Majors award was presented to Drs. Sarem Hailemariam, Brian Lananna and Elizabeth Mathyer. Each recipient presented their research, teaching and mentorship accomplishments.
For more information on each recipient, please click here

Dr. Bowman Featured in Outlook

The work by Dr. Greg Bowman on the Folding@home project was recently featured in the magazine Outlook.

The feature goes into detail about Dr. Bowman’s research and some of the difficulties he faced.

You can click here to view the feature!

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2020 BMB Department Retreat

On March 5th the Department held a half day retreat at the Eric P. Newman Center located on the WU Medical Campus. All of the labs in the department introduced their lab members and questions their lab is working on in their lab.

You can click here to view photos from the event.

2019 Elliot Elson Fellowship Seminar

On September 20th, 2019, the department held a special seminar to recognize the recipient of the 2018 Elliot Elson Fellowship. Ms. Sarah Clippinger shared her research on “Assembly and Binding of E. coli RecOR Proteins to SSB C-terminal tails”. For more information on Sarah, please click here.

You can click here to view photos from the event.

2019 MilliporeSigma Fellowship Seminar

On July 19th, 2019, the department held a special seminar to recognize the recipient of the 2019 MilliporeSigma Fellowship. Mr. Sukrit Singh shared his research on “Allostery in cellular signaling: Capturing biological switches in action”. For more information on Sukrit Singh, please click here.

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Research Awards

January 17th, 2020 – Weikai Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, along with Laura Schuettpelz, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, received an Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives grant award from the Children’s Discovery Institute for their work entitled “Regulation of normal and malignant B cells by the tetraspanin CD53”.

September 16th, 2019 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Co-Founder of ProteXase Therapeutics, Inc., along with Lidija Klampfer, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ProteXase Therapeutics, Inc., received a one-year SBIR grant award from the National Cancer Institute for their research entitled “Inhibitors of pro-HGF activation overcome resistance to anti-EGFR therapy”.

August 1st, 2019 – Together with Kory Lavine and Kathleen Simpson, the Greenberg lab received a Large Scale Interdisciplinary Research Initiative Grant from the Children’s Discovery Institute. The project, “Redefining Pediatric Dilated Cardiomyopathy through Precision Medicine” brings together a team of basic scientists and physician scientists to better understand pediatric heart failure and to develop novel therapeutics.

July 23rd, 2019 – Eric Galburt, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a new four year grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “Kinetic regulation of mycobacterial transcription”.

June 14th, 2019 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a two-year Siteman Investment Program (SIP) award from the Siteman Cancer Center and Foundation for Barnes Jewish-Hospital for his research entitled “The role of pericellular serine proteases in tumor progression and resistance to anticancer therapy”.

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Recent Publications

Holehouse A.S. & Sukenik S. (2020). “Controlling Structural Bias in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Using Solution Space Scanning.” J Chem Theory Comput. 2020 Mar 10;16(3):1794-1805. doi: 10.1021/acs.jctc.9b00604. Epub 2020 Feb 17. (Abstract)

Hohl M., Mojumdar A., Hailemariam S., Kuryavyi V., Ghisays F., Sorenson K., Chang M., Taylor B.S., Patel D.J., Burgers P.M., Cobb J.A., & Petrini J.H.J. (2020). “Modeling cancer genomic data in yeast reveals selection against ATM function during tumorigenesis.” PLoS Genet. 2020 Mar 18;16(3):e1008422. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008422. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Rawlings A.E., Liravi P., Corbett S., Holehouse A.S., & Staniland S.S. (2020). “Investigating the ferric ion binding site of magnetite biomineralisation protein Mms6.” PLoS One. 2020 Feb 25;15(2):e0228708. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228708. eCollection 2020. (Abstract)

Martin E.W., Holehouse A.S., Peran I., Farag M., Incicco J.J., Bremer A., Grace C.R., Soranno A., Pappu R.V., & Mittag T. (2020). “Valence and patterning of aromatic residues determine the phase behavior of prion-like domains.” Science. 2020 Feb 7;367(6478):694-699. doi: 10.1126/science.aaw8653. (Abstract)

Patrick McConnell, Marlene Mekel, Alex G. Kozlov, Olivia L. Mooren, Timothy M. Lohman, & John A. Cooper (2020). “Comparative analysis of CPI-motif regulation of biochemical functions of actin capping protein” bioRxiv. February 6th, 2020. (Abstract)

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