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Garcia to head Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Ben GarciaBenjamin A. Garcia, PhD, a noted leader in the field of biochemistry, especially for his work advancing mass spectrometry techniques, has been named head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Garcia, whose appointment tentatively is set to begin July 1, also will become the Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished Professor. (more…)

2020 John E. Majors Award Recipients

The 2020 John E. Majors Award goes to two individuals – Sarah Clippinger and Emma Winkler.

Ms. Sarah Clippinger was nominated by her advisor, Dr. Michael Greenberg. Ms. Clippinger is a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology Program. She is completing her thesis work on the study of mutations in the protein troponin T that lead to familial cardiomyopathies.

Ms. Emma Winkler was nominated by her advisor, Dr. Michael Diamond. Ms. Winkler is an MSTP student in the Immunology program. She is completing her thesis work on understanding how the intestinal microbiome modulates systemic immune responses to virus infection, specifically mosquito-born alphaviruses such as Chikungunya virus. (more…)

Dr. Burgers featured in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

Work by Dr. Burgers on cancer research has been featured in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.

You can view the article by clicking here: Making cancer cells more susceptible to dying

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BMB EVENTS

Career Panel Discussion – 2021

On January 22nd, 2021, the department hosted a Career Panel Discussion on how to apply for jobs in academia and industry. Panelist included: Dr. Erin Heckler, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Dr. Alex Holehouse, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics; Dr. Ron Dolle, Chemistry Director, Center for Drug Discovery; Dr. Michael Kinch, Director, Center for Drug Discovery.

If you would like to view this panel discussion, please click here.

Tom Rapoport 2020 Cori Lecture

Tom Rapoport, PhD

Tom Rapoport, PhD, from Harvard Medical School, presented the 2020 Carl and Gerty Cori Lecture on November 12, 2020, via Zoom.
Dr. Rapoport’s seminar was entitled “Mechanism of ER-Associated Protein Degradation (“ERAD”)”.

For more information on Dr. Tom Rapoport, please click here.

To see a recording of Dr. Rapoport’s lecture, please click here.

Ms. Megan Cohan and Dr. Jonathan Lin awarded the 2020 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize

On June 12, 2020, Ms. Megan Cohan and Dr. Jonathan Lin were awarded the 2020 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

Ms. Cohan presented her research entitled “Small but mighty! Intrinsically disordered domains as key regulators of bacterial processes” followed by Dr. Jonathan Lin who presented his research entitled “The Role of NAD+ in Retinal Neurodegeneration”. If you want to learn more about these fellows please click here.

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Research Awards

February 9th, 2021 – Natalie M. Niemi, PhD, Assistant Professor in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a one-year pilot and feasibility grant award from the Washington University Diabetes Research Center (DRC), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for her research entitled “The role of the mitochondrial phosphatase Pptc7 in enabling metabolic flexibility”.

February 2nd, 2021 – Samantha Kirstin Barrick, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and the laboratory of Dr. Michael J. Greenberg, PhD, received a new three year fellowship award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for her research entitled “Multiscale investigation of cardiomyopathy-associated mutations in metavinculin”.

January 22nd, 2021 – Weikai Li, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, along with Michael L. Gross, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Immunology, and Medicine, and Michael J. Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a new three-year grant award from American Heart Association for their research entitled “Interdisciplinary structural studies of iron homeostasis in cardiovascular health”.

January 11th, 2021 – Alex Holehouse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a new one year grant award from Dewpoint Therapeutics for his research entitled “Bioinformatic tools for the analysis of phase separating proteins”.

December 15th, 2020 – Michael S Kinch, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor, Director, Centers for Research Innovation in Biotechnology & Drug Discovery, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a new one-year grant award from Arnold Ventures for his research entitled “CDEK: Clinical Data Experience Knowledge-base”.

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Recent Publications

Michael D. Onken, Carol M. Makepeace, Kevin M. Kaltenbronn, Joelle Choi, Leonel Hernandez-Aya, Katherine N. Weilbaecher, Kisha D. Piggott, P. Kumar Rao, Carla M. Yuede, Alethia J. Dixon, Patrick Osei-Owusu, John A. Cooper, & Kendall J. Blumer (2021). “Targeting primary and metastatic uveal melanoma with a G protein inhibitor” J Biol Chem. 2021 Feb 9;100403. doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2021.100403. Online ahead of print. (Abstract)

Jessica B. Behring, Sjoerd van der Post, Arshag D. Mooradian, Matthew J. Egan, Maxwell I. Zimmerman, Jenna L. Clements, Gregory R. Bowman, & Jason M. Held (2021). “Spatial and temporal alterations in protein structure by EGF regulate cryptic cysteine oxidation” Sci Signal. 2020 Jan 21;13(615):eaay7315. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aay7315. (Abstract)

Wayne M. Barnes, Zhian Zhang, & Milko B. Kermekchiev (2021). “A Single Amino Acid Change to Taq DNA Polymerase Enables Faster PCR, Reverse Transcription and Strand-Displacement” Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 14 January 2021, doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.553474 (Abstract)

Michael D. Onken, Kendall J. Blumer, & John A. Cooper (2021). “Uveal melanoma cells use ameboid and mesenchymal mechanisms of cell motility crossing the endothelium” Mol Biol Cell. 2021 Jan 6;mbcE20040241. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E20-04-0241. Online ahead of print. (Abstract)

Shixuan Liu, Shuang Li, Guomin Shen, Narayanasami Sukumar, Andrzej M. Krezel, & Weikai Li (2021). “Structural basis of antagonizing the vitamin K catalytic cycle for anticoagulation” Science. 2021 Jan 1;371(6524):eabc5667. doi: 10.1126/science.abc5667. Epub 2020 Nov 5. (Abstract)

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