The sixth annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Friday, May 18th, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2018 symposium will feature Dr. Kalina Hristova as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers will include MBSB faculty, current MBSB graduate students, and an MBSB alumnus.  Scroll down to see the schedule of events!


 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kalina Hristova, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, John Hopkins University 

"The EphA2 Receptor: Interactions, Structure, and Function"

 

 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2018 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than May 09, 2018

Completed forms should be emailed to Janet Zambotti at zambotti@pitt.edu

 Registration Form: Click HERE to download

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download

 


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2018

 

9:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:45 Welcome
James Conway#


Morning Session,
chaired by Kirill Lavrenyuk

10:00  “Structural Insights into Diversification of Function in the TGF-Beta Family” Andrew Hinck#, Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

10:35 “Structural Characteristics of the RNAse H Domain in HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase” Ryan Slack*, Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

 

10:55 Break


11:30 “Autogrow 4.0: Improved Genetic Algorithm for de novo Computer Aided Drug Design” Jacob Spiegel*, Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

11:50 “Modeling Aspects of Selectivity in the Nuclear Pore Complex” Rob Coalson#, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

12:25 Lunch


Afternoon Session,
chaired by Sara Whitlock

1:30
Developing Label-Free Super-Resolution Microscopy to Study Polymer-Mediated Gene Delivery in Cells”, David Punihaole**, University of Minnesota 

2:05 “The Curious Case of Insoluble Polyglutamine Peptides” Stephen E. White*, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

2:25  “Changes to the Nuclear Lamina Ultrastrcuture with Altered Lamin Expression and Variants” Kris Dahl#, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


3:00 Break with Poster Session


Keynote Address,
chaired by Jennifer Boatz

4:15
The EphA2 Receptor: Interactions, Structure, and Function”, Kalina Hristova, Materials Science and Engineering, John Hopkins U

5:30 Reception

 

#MBSB Training Faculty *MBSB Student **MBSB Alumni 

 


 

 


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
10:40 Break
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.
12:00   Lunch

 

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
4:30  Reception

 

* MBSB PhD student         ** MBSB PhD alumnus               # MBSB training faculty

 

 

Graduate students in the MBSB graduate program are encouraged to apply for fellowships from the MBSB T32 program, as well as other funding sources. 

 

Local travel grant opportunities

 

Links to other opportunities


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.

12:25 Lunch


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

5:30 Reception

#MBSB Training Faculty *MBSB Student **MBSB Alumni 

 


 

 

 

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.

 

2017 Symposium

The 2017 annual MBSB research symposium will be held all day on Friday, May 19 2017, at the Frick Fine Arts building.  Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. John Kuriyan from UC Berkeley.   

 

Past symposia

Information about past MBSB symposia are archived on the pages below. 


 

Frick Fine Arts Center