• Congratulations to Min Kyung Shinn for being selected for the 2017 Elson Fellowship in honor of Dr. Elliot Elson

    Ms. Min Kyung Shinn received her B.A. in physics and chemistry from Bard College in 2014. After graduation, Ms. Shinn joined the PhD program at Washington University in Saint Louis in the department of physics and joined the laboratory of Dr. Tim Lohman. In 2016, Ms. Shinn received her M.A. physics. (more...)

  • Congratulations to Drake Jensen for being selected for the 2017 Elson Fellowship in honor of Dr. Elliot Elson

    Mr. Drake Jensen received his B.A. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013. During this time, he began pursuing research in equilibrium and kinetic studies of Calmodulin target recognition. After graduation he continued research in the same lab and completed a M.S. in Chemistry in 2015. He joined the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University the same year as part of the Computational & Molecular Biophysics program. (more...)

  • Jim Janetka’s work featured in The Source

    Congratulations to Jim Janetka, whose work on UTI treatments was featured in The Source.

    Dr. Janetka helped with a new study that may prevent the common problem of recurrent urinary tract infections with the use of a molecular decoy that targets e. coli bacteria.

    You can read more about the work in the The Source by clicking HERE or on the picture of e. coli.

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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 (

  • Eclipse Party – 2017

    On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Jayma invited members of the BMB Department out to her house to get a good view the total eclipse of the sun.

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

  • Pedal the Cause – Happy Hour Fundraiser

    Please join us for a Happy Hour at itap in the Central West End to raise money for cancer research! Sixty percent of sales of the designated beer will be donated (beer TBA). Feel free to stay around after Happy Hour for itap’s weekly trivia night too!

    The event will be on Thursday, June 15th, from 4 PM to 7 PM.

    More information and links can be found on HERE.

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Research Awards

  • 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.

  • 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”.

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Recent Publications

  • Eric J. Tomko and Timothy M. Lohman
    Modulation of Escherichia coli UvrD Single-Stranded DNA Translocation by DNA Base Composition
    Biophysical Journal, Volume 113, Issue 7 (2017) (Abstract)

  • Rutaganira F.U., Barks J., Dhason M.S., Wang Q., Lopez M.S., Long S., Radke J.B., Jones N.G., Maddirala A.R., Janetka J.W., El Bakkouri M., Hui R., Shokat K.M., and Sibley L.D.
    Inhibition of calcium dependent protein kinase 1 (CDPK1) by pyrazolopyrimidine analogs decreases establishment and reoccurrence of central nervous system disease by Toxoplasma gondii.
    J Med Chem. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b01192. (2017) (Abstract)

  • Wang H., Rempel D.L., Giblin D., Frieden C., and Gross M.L.
    Peptide-Level Interactions between Proteins and Small-Molecule Drug Candidates by Two Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange MS-Based Methods: The Example of Apolipoprotein E3.
    Analytical Chem. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01121. (2017) (Abstract)

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