Category: Events

2015 BCM and CMBP Retreat

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Our BCM and CMBP Retreat was held on October 23rd and 24th at Cedar Creek Conference Center. Our keynote speakers were: Drs. Alexander Barnes-Assistant Professor-Chemistry and Peng Yu-Assistant Professor-Cell Biology and Physiology. Dr. Barnes’ talk was entitled: “Using Microwaves to Boost NMR Signals and Determine Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics”. Dr. Yu’s talk was entitled ”Structure and Mechanism of Ligand-Activated Potassium Channels”. Photos…

Talk Winner:
Thomas Kraft – Dr. Paul Hruz Lab

Poster Winner- Post Doc
Kathrin Andrich – Dr. Jan Bieschke Lab

Poster Winner- Student
Chao Wu – Dr. Katherine Henzler-Wildman Lab

Poster Winner- Runners up- Students:
Zeynep Yurtsever – Dr. Thomas Brett Lab
Shannon Ohlemacher – Dr. Jeffrey P. Henderson Lab

Welcome Picnic

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On August 20th, we held our Annual Joint Departmental and Graduate Program BBQ for the new graduate students starting this fall in the programs of Biochemistry and Computational & Molecular Biophysics. Everyone enjoyed food, drinks and games in Forest Park.

Dr. Carl Frieden’s Portrait Unveiling

On June 5, 2015 the department held a Reception to unveil a portrait of Professor Carl Frieden. The reception was held to recognize Dr. Frieden’s accomplishments and service to our department, Washington University and the scientific community. More photos

Dr. Frieden is also featured in the Snapshots section of the June 15th issue of “The Record”. more photos

2015 – DeGutis Award

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On June 9, 2015, Robin Shields-Cutler was awarded the 2015 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry. Robin presented his research at the DeGutis Presentation on June 9th entitled: How the human urinary metabolome supercharges antimicrobial defenses. Robin graduated this Spring from the Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis graduate program. Photos…

The DeGutis award is presented to a senior graduate student, in their fifth or sixth year of graduate study, who has made a significant contribution to the field of Chemical Biology or Medicinal Chemistry disciplines broadly defined. A $250 cash prize and plaque is presented in the awardee.

David F. Silbert Summer Fellowship Luncheon

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The 2014 Silbert Summer Fellows Diane Aum and James Zou were recently honored at a luncheon that included Dr. Shirley Silbert and a number of WUSM faculty. The David F. Silbert Summer Fellowship was set up to support short-term research internships. More… Photos…

2015 – 1st Annual BMB Chili Cook-off

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The 1st Annual BMB Chili Cook-off was held on February 27th. We had seven entries (1st Year Students, Admin Office, Bowman lab, Burgers lab, Ellenberger lab, Havranek lab and Henzler-Wildman lab). The best chili trophy was awarded to the Ellenberger lab. For photos

2014 – Holiday Party

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Our Holiday Party was held on December 19th in the King Center. This year we had a family party which included a duplos/legos table and a special visit from Santa. Back by popular demand was holiday trivia. Nick Caito created a very challenging competition. The winning group was Drs. Carl Frieden, Timothy Lohman and Alex Kozlov. For photos

2014 – Carl and Gerty Cori Lecture

HHMI Dr. Joan Steitz

Dr. Joan Steitz was selected as this year’s Carl and Gerty Cori Lecturer. She is the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Chemistry and an HHMI Investigator at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Steitz’ lecture was entitled “Noncoding RNAs: with a viral twist”. The lecture with a reception that followed was held in the Eric P. Newman Education Center on November 18th. For photos

2014 – Ice Cream Social and Fall BMB Science Fridays

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On October 31st we had our Ice Cream Social and Fall BMB Science Fridays. Robb Welty from Dr. Kathleen Hall’s lab gave a seminar entitled “Local and Global Folding of a 58mer RNA Revealed by Fluorescent Base Substitutions”. After the seminar, BMB families, faculty, postdocs, students and staff enjoyed ice cream sundaes. For photos