MBSB Symposium 2016
The fourth annual MBSB research symposium was held on Friday, May 13th2016, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2016 symposium featured Dr. Peter G. Schultz as the keynote speaker. Other speakers included MBSB faculty, current MBSB graduate students, and an MBSB alumnus. Scroll down to see the schedule of events!
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter G. Schultz, Scripps Research Institute
Synthesis at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology"
Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2016
|9:30||Welcome – Ron Wetzel#|
Morning Session, chaired by Lisa Clark*, Structural Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
|9:45||“Chemical Modulation of Cellular Stress Response”, Peter Wipf#, Chemistry, U. of Pittsburgh|
|10:20||“A Tale of Two Conformations: Solid-state NMR Reveals two Structurally Distinct Aggregates Formed by a Cataract-associated Gamma-D-crystallin Mutant”, Jennifer Boatz*, Structural Biology, U. of Pittsburgh|
|11:05||“Probing the Membrane Insertion Pathway of the Diphtheria Toxin T-domain using SPR and Neutron Reflectometry”, Rebecca Eells*, Physics, Carnegie Mellon U.|
|11:25||“What can we learn about membranes by stressing them out?”, Markus Deserno#, Physics, Carnegie Mellon U.|
Afternoon Session, chaired by Emily Beckwitt*, Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
|12:45||“A role for RFC clamp loader in asymmetric replisome assembly”, Grant Schauer**, Rockefeller U.|
|1:20||“Optical Control of Cellular Processes with Chemical Tools”, Alex Deiters#, Chemistry, U. of Pittsburgh|
|1:55||“How Understanding Vibrations Led to New Insights into Polyglutamine Peptide Structure”, David Punihoale*, Chemistry, U. of Pittsburgh|
|2:15||Break with Poster Session|
Keynote Address, chaired by Chino Cabalteja*, Dept. Chemistry, U. Pittsburgh
|3:30||“Synthesis at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology”, Peter Schultz, Scripps Research Institute|
* MBSB PhD student ** MBSB PhD alumnus # MBSB training faculty
The fifth annual MBSB research symposium was held on Friday, May 19th2017, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2017 symposium featured Dr. John Kuriyan as the keynote speaker. Other speakers included MBSB faculty, current MBSB graduate students, and an MBSB alumnus. Scroll down to see the schedule of events!
Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Kuriyan, UC Berkeley HHMI
"Deconstructing the Ras Signaling Switch by Saturation Mutagenesis"
Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2017
9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:45 Welcome – James Conway#
Morning Session, chaired by Jennifer Boatz*, Structural Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
10:00 Andrew VanDemark#, Biological Sciences, U. of Pittsburgh
10:35 Kindra Whitlatch*, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, U. of Pittsburgh 10:55 Break
11:30 Emily Beckwitt*, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
11:50 Gordon Rule, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon U.
Afternoon Session, chaired by Chino Cabalteja*, Chemistry, U. of Pittsburgh
1:30 “Atomic-level characterization of weak B2-microglobulin-collagen interactions
implicated in Dialysis Related Amyloidosis”, Cody Hoop**, Rutgers University
2:05 Kate Kim*, Structural Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
2:25 Guillermo Calero#, Structural Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
3:00 Break with Poster Session
Keynote Address, chaired by Lisa Clark*, Structural Biology, U. of Pittsburgh
4:15 “Deconstructing the Ras Signaling Switch by Saturation Mutagenesis”, John Kuriyan, University of California and the HHMI
#MBSB Training Faculty *MBSB Student **MBSB Alumni
MBSB Annual Research Symposia
The Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology Graduate Program organizes an annual research symposium that aims to bring together the faculty and students of the program. The one-day symposium features talks and posters highlighting the diverse research going on in MBSB research groups, with a specific focus on MBSB graduate student research.
Information about past MBSB symposia are archived on the pages below.
- 2013 MBSB Research Symposium
- 2014 MBSB Research Symposium
- 2015 MBSB Research Symposium
- 2016 MBSB Research Symposium
Student fellowships & funding
Graduate students in the MBSB graduate program are encouraged to apply for fellowships from the MBSB T32 program, as well as other funding sources.
- More information on the MBSB T32 fellowship program is available here on the website.
- More information on funding opportunities for students with an underrepresented minority status is available on the PathwaysToScience website.
- NIH research fellowships.
- The NSF graduate research fellowship program.
- Federal funding opportunities for STEM graduate students.
Local travel grant opportunities
- The Pitt SOM graduate office offers conference travel grants to graduate students.
- The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) offers travel grants to attend conferences.
- The Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA) also offers travel grants.
- The local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) offers local travel grants.
Links to other opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible for me to obtain a waiver of the application fee?
- We are happy to offer a fee waiver to applicants who have participated in the following program for underrepresented minorities in science or have attended any regional or national meeting for the following underrepresented minorities: MARC program, MBRS program, McNair program, Meyerhoff program, RISE program, ABRCMS, & SACNAS. Please contact MBSBinfo@medschool.pitt.edu if you have a question about the fee waiver!
Do I have an adviser I should be speaking and meeting with prior to the semester starting?
- Yes, you will be assigned a first year advisor.
When and how do I get an email account for the universities?
- Each student is randomly assigned to either Pitt or CMU. Should you be a Pitt student, you will receive an email notifying you of your Pitt address once the program coordinator has entered you into the university system. If you are a CMU student, you will receive your CMU email address at orientation.
How do I sign up for classes? Is there a website which has my enrollment information?
- The program coordinator will take care of your fall enrollment. You will enroll yourself online after the first semester. The program coordinator will email you detailed instructions each semester.
How soon should I line up my rotations? Do you suggest I start with the professor I most interested in or save rotations in his lab until my 2nd or 3rd rotation? Is there a formal enrollment for rotations?
- You are always welcome to begin talking with faculty over the summer into fall. Your first rotation will begin in October, so you have time in your selection. You will be formally enrolled for your lab rotation, & the program coordinator will take care of enrolling you for the fall semester.
When do I begin to receive money from the stipend?
- You will receive your first pay check on the last business day of September. Your official start date is September 1st.
Do you have other questions?
- Please contact us!