The ninth annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Friday, May 6th from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Frick Fine Arts Building.  The 2022 symposium will feature Dr. Yifan Cheng 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!

The 2022 symposium will feature Dr. Yifan Cheng 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. Yifan Cheng

"Single particle cryo-EM studies of TRPV1: from atomic structures to mechanism of channel gating 

 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2021 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 22rd, 2022.

Completed forms should be emailed to Ari Selzer at ars289@pitt.edu

 Registration Form: Click HERE to register!!

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download 

 


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2022

 

9:00-9:10 Program Welcome


Morning Session 1:

Chaired by Anna Belford

9:10 am           Investigating the activity of G-quadruplex binding protein BG4.
                        Samuel Johnson

 

9:30 am           Characterization of the ABC methionine transporter from Neisseria meningitidis reveals that lipidated MetQ is required for interaction.
                        Naima Sharaf
                        Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University
                         

10:15 am          Parallel Session: Career Development session for Students
                         MBSB Faculty Meeting for Faculty


Morning Session 2:

Chaired by Michael Dalton

11:30 am         Watching DNA repair in real time: from cells to single molecules.
                       Ben Van Houten
                       Richard M. Cyert Professor of Molecular Oncology and is in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology.
                                                

12:05 pm          Parasitic Adaptation of a CCP-Scaffold to Mimic TGB-Beta Immunosuppressive Signaling
                         Ananya Mukundan
                         

Lunch Break: 12:25pm - 1:15pm


Afternoon Session:

Chaired by Brittani Schnable

1:15 pm            Nanoscale Imaging of Biological systems using Molecule Anchorable Gel-enabled Nanoscale In-situ Fluorescence Microscopy.
                         Yongxin (Leon) Zhao
                         Eberly Family Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

1:50 pm             Developing Spin-labels for In-Cell Measurements and Orthogonal Labelling Schemes.
                          Zikri Hasanbasri
                         

2:10 pm             Atomic-level characterization of SARS-CoV-2 spike activation.
                          Lillian Chong
                          Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

2:45-3:45          Poster Session

Keynote Address:

Chaired by Ari Selzer

3:45 pm            Single particle cryo-EM studies of TRPV1: from atomic structures to mechanism of channel gating
                         Yifan Cheng
                         Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California San Francisco


4:45 pm Reception

 

 

Check back for schedule details 


 

 


The eighth annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Friday, May 14th, virtually,  from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The symposium will be held on gather.town (https://gather.town/i/4tog0X3T).  The 2021 symposium will feature Dr. Gregory Petsko 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. Gregory Petsko, Professor of Neurology, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital

"How Parkinson's Disease Starts - And How It Might be Stopped."  

 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2021 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 23rd, 2021.

Completed forms should be emailed to Ananya Mukundan at Mukundan.Ananya@medstudent.pitt.edu

 Registration Form: Click HERE to register

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download 

 


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2021

 

9:00-9:10 Program Welcome

Morning Session 1:

Chaired by Ari Selzer

9:10 am            Title TBA
                         Maria Kurnikova
                         Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, MBSB Training Faculty

9:35 am            Peeking and Poking at Cells: Optochemical Control of Biological Processes
                         Alex Deiters
                         Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty

10:00 am          Parallel Session: Career Development session for Students
                         MBSB Faculty Meeting for Faculty

 

Morning Session 2:

Chaired by Ananya Mukundan

11:00 am          Sub-Pocket EXplorer (SubPEx): a Weighted ensemble algorithm to sample protein conformations
                         Erich Hellemann Holguin
                         Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, MBSB student

11:20 am          Holding it Together: Contact Tracing within the NHEJ Synaptic Complex
                         Sean Carney
                         Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Loparo Laboratory, Harvard University, MBSB Alumnus

Lunch Break: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session:

Chaired by Brittani Schnable

1:00 pm             Activation of Tec family kinase Btk by HIV-1 Nef
                          Manish Aryal
                          Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, MBSB Student

1:20 pm             Tetramerization: a new paradigm for regulating SNX-BAR membrane interaction
                          Marijn Ford
                          Department of Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty

1:45 pm             Pull yourself together! Mapping mechantransduction of cellular tension forces.
                          Kirill Lavernyuk
                          Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, MBSB Student

2:10-3:15           Poster Session

Keynote Address:

Chaired by Ananya Mukundan

 3:20 pm            How Parkinson's Disease Starts - And how It Might be Stopped.
                          Gregory Petsko
                          Professor of Neurology, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital

 


 

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The seventh annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Monday, May 13th, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2019 symposium will feature Dr. Georgios Skiniotis 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. Georgios Skiniotis, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Stanford University

"Cryo-EM Insights into G Protein Couples Receptor Activation and Signaling"

 

 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2019 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 15th, 2019

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 2019

 

9:00 am            Registration and breakfast

9:45 am            Welcome – Andy Hinck

Morning Session

Chaired by: Sara Whitlock

10:00 am          New Methods—and Old Methods Applied in New Ways—to Find Human Cancer Viruses

                         Patrick Moore

                         Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty

 

10:35 am          Structural Mechanisms of Parathyroid Hormone Receptor (PTHR) Signaling Through Gs

                         Lisa Clark

                         Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student

 

10:55 am          Break

 

11:30 am          Heterogeneous-Backbone Mimics of Disulfide-Rich Peptide Scaffolds

                         Chino Cabalteja

                         Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student

 

11:50 am          Investigating the Role of Oxidative Stress in Telomere Maintenance

                         Patricia Opresko

                         Environmental and Occupational Health, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty

 

Lunch

12:25 pm – 1:25 pm

 

Afternoon Session

Chaired by: Stephen White

 

1:30 pm            A Highly Ordered ENE Motif Within the MALAT1 Triple Helix lcRNA Reveals a Distinct Inhibitory Structure for
                         Small Molecule Therapeutic Intervention.

                         Mike Yonkunas

                         Chemistry & Biochemistry, Univ of the Sciences in Philadelphia. MBSB alumnus.

 

2:05 pm            Optical Control of Cre Recombinase in Zebrafish Embryos

                         Wesley Brown

                         Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student

 

2:25 pm            PROTACs: Lessons from HIV

                         Jinwoo Ahn

                         Structural Biology, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty

 

Poster Session

3:00 pm – 4:10 pm

 

Keynote Address

Chaired by: Kirill Lavrenyuk

 

4:15 pm            Cryo-EM Insights into G Protein Coupled Receptor Activation and Signaling

                         Georgios Skiniotis

                         Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Structural Biology, Stanford Univ

 

Reception

5:30 pm