Congratulations to Sukrit Singh for being selected for the 2019 MilliporeSigma Fellowship in memory of Dr. Gerty Cori

Sukrit is a graduate student in the Computational and Molecular Biophysics program. He is doing his PhD thesis work in the lab of Dr. Greg Bowman. Sukrit’s thesis is focused on understanding and exploiting allostery and dynamics in cellular signaling to develop anti-cancer therapeutics. (more…)

Congratulations to Min Kyung Shinn

Congratulations to Min Kyung Shinn, whose poster at the 2019 Biophysical Society was recognized with a Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA). The SRAA Poster Competition is open to all BPS Student members who are presenting posters at the Annual Meeting. Students must register for this event when they submit their abstract in one of nine subject categories. The SRAA Poster Competition involved over 300 participants this year, a Society record. (more…)

Dr. Weikai Li Awarded Tenure

The Board of Trustees voted at their March 1st, 2019 meeting to award tenure in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics to Dr. Weikai Li. He is also promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.


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2019 – Elson Fellowship Seminar

On February 22nd, 2019, the department held a special seminar to recognize the recipients of the 2017 Elliot Elson Fellowship. Ms. Min Kyung Shinn shared her research on “Assembly and Binding of E. coli RecOR Proteins to SSB C-terminal tails”. Mr. Drake Jensen shared his research on “Mechanisms of transcription represivation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. For more information on these two Elson fellows, please click here.

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2018 BMB Holiday Party

CooperOn December 8th, 2018, the BMB Department celebrated its annual Holiday Party at Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood, MO. Everyone enjoyed bowling, pool and a visit from Santa.

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4th Annual Chili Cook-off (2018)

On October 26th, 2018, the BMB Department held our 4th Annual Chili Cook-off. Because of how close to Halloween it was being held, this year’s event also included a costume contest!

The winner with the best Chili was the Robertson lab! The Lohman lab won best costume – they all “dressed up” as Dr. Lohman!

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Research Awards

January 31st, 2019 – Weikai Li, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, along with Michael L. Gross, PhD, professor of chemistry, immunology, and medicine, received a new four year grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for their research entitled “New chemical probes enable Mass Spectrometry-based footprinting of human protein structure in lipid membranes and cells”.

January 23rd, 2019 – Justin Porter, a Computational & Systems Biology student in the Bowman laboratory, received a three year National Research Service Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his research entitled “Physics-based precision medicine: computationally phenotyping myosin isoforms and cardiomyopathy mutations”.

January 17th, 2019 – Andrea Soranno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a new three year Research Grant Award from the Alzheimer’s Association (AARG) for his work entitled “Conformational analysis of ApoE isoforms and their role in AD mechanism”.

January 9th, 2019 – Weikai Li, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a four year renewal from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his research entitled “Structural and Functional Basis of the Vitamin K Cycle”.

December 27th, 2018 – Weikai Li, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, along with Rui Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a new three year, grant award from the W. M. Keck foundation for their research entitled “Terminal coupling enabled structure determination of human membrane proteins at atomic resolution”.

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Recent Publications

Michael Kinch (2019). “The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure” ISBN-13: 978-1643130255, ISBN-10: 1643130250

Wang H., Eschweiler J., Cui W., Zhang H., Frieden C., Ruotolo B.T., & Gross M.L. (2019) “Native Mass Spectrometry, Ion Mobility, Electron-Capture Dissociation, and Modeling Provide Structural Information for Gas-Phase Apolipoprotein E Oligomers.” J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2019 Mar 18. doi: 10.1007/s13361-019-02148-z. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Porter J.R., Moeder K.E., Sibbald C.A., Zimmerman M.I., Hart K.M., Greenberg M.J., & Bowman G.R. (2019). “Cooperative Changes in Solvent Exposure Identify Cryptic Pockets, Switches, and Allosteric Coupling.” Biophys J. 2019 Mar 5;116(5):818-830. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2018.11.3144. Epub 2019 Jan 25. (Abstract)

Burgers, P.M. (2019). “Solution to the 50-year-old Okazaki-fragment problem.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Feb 26;116(9):3358-3360. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1900372116. Epub 2019 Feb 15. (Abstract)

Sarah R. Clippinger, Paige E. Cloonan, Lina Greenberg, Melanie Ernst, W. Tom Stump, & Michael J. Greenberg. (2019). “Disrupted mechanobiology links the molecular and cellular phenotypes in familial dilated cardiomyopathy” bioRxiv. February 21, 2019. (Abstract)

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