BMB News and Events

Recent News

Jim Janetka’s work featured in PNAS

Jim JanetkaCongratulations to Jim Janetka, whose work on UTI treatments was featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (more…)

Eric Galburt and Jim Janetka Awarded Tenure
Congratulations to Eric Galburt and Jim Janetka! Both have been awarded tenure by the university!
Save the Date – Symposium in Remembrance of Dr. John Majors

On Friday, October 19th, 2018, a symposium in remembrance of Dr. John Majors will be held. To view more information.

Congratulations to Catherine Knoverek for being selected for the 2018 MilliporeSigma Fellowship in memory of Dr. Gerty Cori

Catherine is a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology program. She is doing her PhD thesis work in the lab of Dr. Greg Bowman. Catherine is pursuing questions involving how mutations interact to affect the biophysical properties of proteins and how those interactions ultimately affect protein evolution. (more…)

Obituary: John Majors, emeritus professor of biochemistry, molecular biophysics, 69

John E. Majors, PhD, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Jan. 10, 2018, of a heart attack. He was 69. (more…)

Recent Events

2017 BMB Holiday Party

On December 16th, 2017, the BMB Department celebrated its annual Holiday Party at the Saint Louis Zoo. Everyone enjoyed the Zoo Wild Lights display, great food and a game of Rudolf the red-nose reindeer.

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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 (

24th Annual Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBSB) Graduate Student Retreat

The Annual BBSB retreat was held on October 20th and 21st, 2017 at the Cedar Creek. This year the keynote speakers were: Drs. Andrea Soranno and Rui Zhang, Assistant Professors in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Dr. Soranno presented on “Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy of intrinsically disordered proteins”. Dr. Zhang presented on “What can you do with cryo-EM”. Friday evening concluded with a poster session. In addition to the two keynote speakers, various students presented talks on their research during the day on Friday and Saturday. (more…)

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.

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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.