Dr. Michael Kinch on Living St. Louis

January 14th, 2019 – Washington University’s Dr. Michael Kinch spoke on PBS Living St. Louis about vaccines and the anti-vaccine movement of today.

You can view the Living St. Louis video here.

2018 David F. Silbert Summer Fellowship

Congratulations to John LeClair and Meng’ou (Mary) Zhu for receiving the 2018 David F. Silbert Summer Fellowship Award.

John LeClair worked with Drs. Lisa D McKenzie and Milan G Chheda on a project entitled “Characterizing the role of CHD4 in glioblastoma treatment response”, and Meng’ou (Mary) Zhu worked with Drs. Matthew J Walter and Michael O Alberti on a project entitled “Mutant U2AF1(Q157P) expression alters hematopoiesis in vivo.” (more…)

Congratulations to Dr. Pike and Dr. Hall!


Dr. Linda Pike and Dr. Kathleen Hall have been selected as new fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

The AAAS selects fellows in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications, and has selected eleven faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis – the most in a decade-and-a-half. (more…)

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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.

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

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!

John Majors Symposium

On Friday, October 19th, 2018, a symposium in remembrance of Dr. John Majors was held in Moore Auditorium on the medical campus of Washington University. Many colleagues, friends and family members from the university community, as well as from across the country, were in attendance. Drs. Peter Burgers, Mark Johnston, Charlie Rice, and Harold Varmus all gave heartfelt talks about John’s influence in biophysics as well as speaking about the different hobbies (i.e., backpacking and golf) and interests John had outside of the lab. It was great to hear about the many sides of John that were not widely known. By the end of the day, everyone had learned something new about John. (more…)

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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

Frieden C. (2019). “Protein oligomerization as a metabolic control mechanism. Application to apoE.” Protein Sci. 2019 Jan 30. doi: 10.1002/pro.3583. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Porter J.R., Zimmerman M.I., & Bowman G.R. (2019). “Enspara: Modeling molecular ensembles with scalable data structures and parallel computing.” J Chem Phys. 2019 Jan 28;150(4):044108. doi: 10.1063/1.5063794. (Abstract)

Griesenauer R.H., Schillebeeckx C., & Kinch M.S. (2019). “Assessing the public landscape of clinical-stage pharmaceuticals through freely available online databases.” Drug Discov Today. 2019 Jan 25. pii: S1359-6446(18)30258-7. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2019.01.010. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Makurath M.A., Whitley K.D., Nguyen B., Lohman T.M., & Chemla Y.R. (2019). “Regulation of Rep helicase unwinding by an auto-inhibitory subdomain.” Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 Jan 23. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz023. [Epub ahead of print] (Abstract)

Lisa Eshun-Wilson, Rui Zhang, Didier Portran, Maxence Nachury, Daniel Toso, Thomas Lohr, Michelle Vendruscolo, Massimiliano Bonomi, James Fraser, & Eva Nogales (2019). “Effects of α-tubulin acetylation on microtubule structure and stability” bioRxiv. January 09, 2019. (Abstract)

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