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Congratulations to Darrell Baldwin!

On May 24, 2018, Mr. Darrell Baldwin received the Washington University School of Medicine 2018 Operations Staff Service Award.
The Operations Staff Service award is given to a staff member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, exceptional performance in their position and superior service.
The department surprised Darrell with an award ceremony and celebration in the seminar room where Dr. David Perlmutter, Dean of the Medical School, said a few words and presented Darrell with his award.

Ms. Melissa Budelier and Ms. Lucy Li were awarded the 2018 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

On May 22nd, 2018, Ms. Melissa Budelier and Ms. Lucy Li were awarded the 2018 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

Ms. Budelier presented her research entitled “Mapping Ligand Binding Sites in Integral Membrane Proteins”. Ms. Budelier was a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Program. Ms. Budelier was nominated by her thesis mentor Dr. Alex Evers. In Dr. Evers lab, Melissa’s work focused on developing chemical biology tools and mass spectrometric (MS) methods to sequence the transmembrane domains (TMDs) of integral membrane proteins (IMPs) and identified the sites at which sterol analogue photoaffinity labeling reagents modify these proteins. (more…)

Dr. Frazier to Be Honored for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. William Frazier will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will present Dr. Frazier and two others with awards during a ceremony October 5th, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton.

Dr. Frazier

“Professors Achilefu, Elgin and Frazier represent the very best of Washington University and join the distinguished company of previous winners who have worked creatively and diligently to discover and disseminate new knowledge that brings great benefit to society,” Wrighton said.

You can read more about this at The Source.

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BMB EVENTS

BMB Faculty Reception – 2018

On Sunday, June 3rd the department held a faculty reception to congratulate Drs. Jim Janetka and Eric Galburt being awarded tenure in March, 2018.
The reception was held at the Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop.

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2018 – International Potluck

On April 20, 2018, the department hosted its very first international potluck. We have many people bring in their favorite home cooked dishes from all over the world. Everything was very delicious!

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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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Research Awards

May 2nd, 2018 – Andrea Soranno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a Knight ADRC Pilot Grant award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) for his work entitled “Conformational analysis of ApoE and its role in AD mechanism”.

April 9th, 2018 – 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 “Targeting Hepatocyte Growth Factor with Protease Inhibitors in Lung Cancer”.

April 2nd, 2018 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a five-year grant award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his work entitled “Regulation of cardiac power output in health and disease”.

March 26th, 2018 – Andrea Soranno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a two year Extramural Award from the Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc. for his work entitled “Structural plasticity of ApoE and its role in AD”.

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”.

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Recent Publications

Macdonald-Obermann J.L. & Pike L.J. (2018). “Allosteric regulation of EGF receptor ligand binding by tyrosine kinase inhibitors.” J Biol Chem. 2018 Jul 11. pii: jbc.RA118.004139. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.004139. (Abstract)

Song J.G., King M.R., Zhang R., Kadzik R.S., Thawani A., & Petry S. (2018) “Mechanism of how augmin directly targets the γ-tubulin ring complex to microtubules.” J Cell Biol. 2018 Jul 2;217(7):2417-2428. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201711090. Epub 2018 Jun 6. (Abstract)

Singh S.P., Kukshal V., De Bona P., Antony E., & Galletto R. (2018). “The mitochondrial single-stranded DNA binding protein from S. cerevisiae, Rim1, does not form stable homo-tetramers and binds DNA as a dimer of dimers.” Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Jun 21. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky530. (Abstract)

Shen G., Li S., Cui W., Liu S., Liu Q., Yang Y., Gross M., & Li W. (2018). “Stabilization of warfarin-binding pocket of VKORC1 and VKORL1 by a peripheral region determines their different sensitivity to warfarin inhibition.” J Thromb Haemost. 2018 Jun;16(6):1164-1175. doi: 10.1111/jth.14127. Epub 2018 May 20. (Abstract)

Weber G., DeKoster G.T., Holton N., Hall K.B., & Wahl M.C. (2018). “Molecular principles underlying dual RNA specificity in the Drosophila SNF protein.” Nat Commun. 2018 Jun 7;9(1):2220. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04561-6. (Abstract)

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