Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Texas Medical Branch

Seminar Series

Fall 2012 -2013 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 4:00 pm, Basic Science Auditorium

September 5, 2013 Yogesh Wairkar, UTMB, Assistant Professor, Neurology "Tuberous Sclerosis Complex restricts synapse growth via a novel mediator, Trc."
September 6, 2013
2:00 PM
Kuby Balagurunathan, Associate Professor Department of Medicinal Chemistry University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah "Click-Xyloside: A versatile chemical biology tool to decipher the developmental/pathophysiological functions of glycosaminoglycans"
September 12, 2013 Barry Stoddard, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Professor, Basic Sciences "Structure, mechanism and engineering of TAL effectors and homing endonucleases for targeted gene modification"
September 19, 2013 Francis Tsai, Baylor College of Medicine, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology “Mechanistic Studies of ATP-driven Protein Machines”
September 25, 2013    
October 3, 2013 Thomas J. Smith, The Danforth Plant Center, Professor, and Joseph Varner Distinguished Investigator "Structural studies on dynamic proteins"
October 8, 2013 Hari Shanker Sharma, Ph.D., Professor
Division of Neurotoxicology
National Centre for Toxicology Research
Laboratory of Cerebrovascular Research
Department of Surgical Sciences
Uppsala University, Sweden
"Recent perspectives of N\nanodrug delivery and neuroprotection in spinal cord injury"
October 17, 2013 Beat Rolf Vogeli, Ph.D., Professor, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry HCI
Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology, Zurich,Switzerland
“New NMR perspectives for the elucidation of protein dynamics”
October 24, 2013 Xiaodong Cheng, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston "Exploring the biological functions and therapeutic potentials of EPAC proteins by genetic and pharmacological approaches"
October 31, 2013 Terje Dokland, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
"Pirates of the Caudovirales: Molecular
piracy and the mobilization of Staphylococcus
aureus pathogenicity islands"
November 6, 2013
Labros Sidossis, Ph.D., Professor Department of Internal Medicine Director, Metabolism Unit, Shriners Hospitals for Children University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston "Browning of subcutaneous white adipose tissue in humans"
November 14,2013 John E. Ladbury, Ph.D. Edward Rotan Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research Director of the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Function Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas "Metastatic outcome regulated by
adaptor protein concentration"
December 5, 2013 R. Bryan Sutton, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
Center for Membrane Protein Research
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, Texas
“Muscular Dystrophy and hypo-stable proteins”
January 9, 2014 Eric J. Wagner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Director of The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
"Alternative Polyadenylation in Cancer"
January 16, 2014 Gabriele Varani, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington Seattle, Seattle, Washington "Inhibiting RNAs in infectious and chronic diseases"
January 23, 2014 K. Sathish Kumar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston, Texas "Developmental Origin of Hypertension
and Vascular Dysfunctions"
January 30, 2014 Venigalla Basaveswara Rao, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Biology Director, Center for Advanced Training in Cell and Molecular Biology. Director, Microbial and Cell Biology Graduate Program, The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. "Bacteriophage T4 DNA Packaging
Machine: molecules to monkeys"
February 6, 2014 The 2014 Pioneering Biological Discovery Seminar Series
Kristi S. Anseth, PhD
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
:“Engineering hydrogels as synthetic extracellular matrices for cell culture and tissue regeneration”
February 13, 2014 Celia A. Schiffer, Ph.D., Professor, Co-Director Institute for Drug Resistance
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Worcester, Massachusetts
"Combating Drug Resistance: Lessons From the viral proteases of HIV-1 and HCV"
March 6, 2014 Sarah E. Bondos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine
College Station, Texas
“Using intrinsically disordered regions of proteins to regulate tissue-specific functions”
March 13, 2014 Petr Leiman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Structural Biology and Biophysics
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerlande
"Central spike proteins of contractile ejection systems"
March 20, 2014 Sanghyuk Chung, University of Houston, Assistant Professor, Biology and Biochemistry "Opposite Role of Estrogen Receptor alpha and Progesterone Receptor in Cervical Cancer"
March 27, 2014

Jie Xiao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
School of Medicine
John Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
"Holding biology up to light – single-molecule superresolution imaging of gene regulation and cytokinesis in living cells"
March 27, 2014

Alice S Huang, Ph.D., Senior Faculty Associate California Institute of Technology, Biology, "SCIENCE DIPLOMACY IN A CLOBAL ENVIRONMENT: A WAKE-UP CALL FOR THE UNITED STATES"
April 3, 2014 Taekjip Ha, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, Professor, Physics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator "Single molecule fluorescence force
analysis of nucleosome and DNA"
April 10, 2014 Ana Pajor, Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego, Professor, Pharmacy “Molecular characterization of the SLC13 family Na+/dicarboxylate transporters.”
April 17, 2014    
April 24, 2014 Aron Fenton, University of Kansas, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology "Counteracting hyperglycemia by targeting allosteric regulation of liver pyruvate kinase"
May 1, 2014 Yong Sun Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
"nc886: a newly identified
cellular non-coding RNA implicated
in cancer and innate immunity"


Seminar Series Contact Information
Chair Coordinator
Dr. Marc Morais
PHONE: (409) 747-1401
FAX: (409) 772-1404
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Julie Quiroga
PHONE: (409) 772-2742
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