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Past Seminar Series

Contact: Ranjan Ganguly for information on current and past seminars. 

Fall 2014 Seminar Series

Date Speaker Title Host
Professor Subimal Datta
Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
Mechanisms of Behavioral-State-Dependent Learning and Memory Rebecca Prosser
Assoc. Professor Todd Reynolds
Microbiology, UT
The Roles of Phosphatidylserine in Host-Pathogen Interactions in Candida Albicans Gladys Alexandre
Asst. Professor Donald Fox
Duke University School of Medicine
Polyploidy and Aneuploidy During Organ Construction Josh Bembenek
Asst. Professor Steven Abel
Chemical & Biololgical Engineering, UT
Deconstructing Signal Transduction at the T Cell Membrane Barry Bruce
Professor Charles Sanders
Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University
How Does Binding of Cholesterol to the Amyloid Precursor Promote Amyloidogenesis and Alzheimer’s Disease Francisco Barrera
Distinguished Scientist Gerald Tuskan
BioSciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Rich Genomics Resources Facilitate Progress in Understanding Wood Formation Barry Bruce
Asst. Professor Tessa Calhoun
Chemistry, UT
Advancing Optical Microscopy to Study the Small Molecules with Cell Membranes Barry Bruce
Week of Fall Break
Asst. Professor Tongye Shen
Computation of Allosteric Mechanism by Evaluating Residue-Residue Associations Jeremy Smith
Assoc. Professor Biswarup Mukhopadhyay
Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
Development of Biological Sulfate Reduction and Thioredoxin Systems and Methanogenic Archaea Karen Lloyd (Micro)
Assoc. Professor Michael Best
Chemistry, UT
Chemical Approaches for Characterizing Lipid Biological Activities Using Synthetic Lipid Probes Barry Bruce
Asst. Professor Paul Dalhaimer
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UT
Lipid Droplet Formation and Subsequent Function in Eukaryotes Barry Bruce
Professor and Head Brenda Winkel
Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
The Flavonoid Interactome: Evidence that Chalcone Synthase May Function in Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression Gladys Alexandre


Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Date Speaker Institution Topic
August 21 Gladys Alexandre BCMB Department, UT Sensing and Information Processing in Azospirillum Brasilense Chemotaxis
August 28 Jae Park BCMB Department, UT Neurons. It’s Complicated!
September 4 Brad Binder BCMB Department, UT Ethylene Signal Transduction in Plants and Cyanobacteria
September 11 Jerome Baudry BCMB Department, UT Virtual Screening and Molecular Discovery: Methods, Applications and Challenges
September 18 Les Dutton Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania Design and Engineering of Man-Made Oxidoreductases
September 25 Michael Gilchrest Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UT TBD
October 2 Paul Langan Biology and Soft Matter Division, Oak Ridge National Lab Extending the Reach of Neutrons in Structural Biology
October 9 Sakiko Okumoto Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Virginia Institute of Technology Genetically Encoded Metabolite Sensors – An Alternative Approach for Discovering Novel Transport Processes
October 16 Jessy Labbe Plant Systems Biology Group, Oak Ridge National Lab Plants, Mycorrhizal Fungi, and Bacteria: Deciphering an Intimate Alliance within a Network of Interactions
October 23 Arieh Zaritsky Ben Gurion University How is Bacterial Cell Dimensions Related to Its Chromosome Replication?​
October 30 David JensenAAAS Science “Tooling Up” columnist, Managing Director for Kincannon Reed Street Savvy Science: How Science Employment Proceeds in a Down Economy
November 27 Day before Thanksgiving. No session scheduled.

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Date Speaker Institution Title Host
Jan. 9 Anne Skaja Robinson Tulane University Molecular and Cellular Re-Engineering to Facilitate G-Protein Coupled Receptor Expression in Yeast: Adenosine Receptor Expression and Biophysical Characterization Robert Standaert
Jan. 16 Steve Sine The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Molecular Recognition Linked to Biological Function in Nicotinic Alpha7 Acetylcholine Receptors Xiaolin Cheng
Jan. 23 Susan Taylor University of California, San Diego PKA: Assembly of Dynamic and Isoform-Specific Macromolecular Assemblies Loukas Petridis
Jan. 30 Matthew Fields Montana State University Dwayne Elias
Feb. 6 Donald Hamelberg Georgia State University Tongye Shen
Feb. 13 Rommie Amaro University of California, San Diego Jerome Baudry
Feb. 27 Ashley Spies University of Iowa Jerome Baudry
March 6 Carol Post Purdue University Jeremy Smith
March 13 Alexander Wlodawer National Cancer Institute Hong Guo
March 20 Toshiko Ichiye Georgetown University Jeremy Smith
April 3 Gnana S. Gnanakaran Los Alamos National Labs Tongye Shen
April 10 Bradley S. Moore Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD Reading and Reprograming Microbes to Biosynthesize Natural Product Drugs Jerry Parks
April 17 Roland Dunbrack Fox Chase Cancer Center Protein Structure Prediction in Biology and Medicine Hong Guo

Spring 2012 Seminar Series: “The Molecular Basis for Human Disease”

Date Speaker Institution Title Host
Jan. 11 Organizational/Information Session University of Tennessee
Jan. 18 Valerie Berthelier UT Health Science Center, Knoxville Conformational Diseases: Fingering the True Villain
Jan. 25 Peter Wolynes Rice University The Energy Landscape Theory of Protein Folding
Feb. 1 John Fisher MD/PhD with Richard Kriwacki at St. Jude’s How PUMA attacks it’s prey: PUMA-induced dimerization of BCL-xL releases cytosolic p53 inducing p53-dependent apotosis”
Feb. 8 Jack Riordan UNC, Chapel Hill Allosteric modulation balances thermodynamic stability and restores function of DeltaF508 CFTR
Feb. 15 Open
Feb. 22 Peter Andreasen Aarhus University, Denmark Proteolytic Enzymes in Cancer
Feb. 29 Susan Wente Vanderbuilt University Beyond the Pore: From nuclear mRNA export to translation
Mar. 7 Dudley Strickland University of Maryland Mechanisms involved in protecting the vasculature: Role of LRP1
Mar. 14 Brynn Voy Department of Animal Science, UT Systems genetics: exploiting genetic diversity
Mar. 21 Spring Break
Mar. 28 Thomas Kunkel NIEHS, Research Triangle Park Relationships Between DNA Replication Infidelity and Human Diseases
Apr. 4 Justin Boyd Chattanooga Research Institute Drug Discovery and Translational Research in Academia: Taking Steps on the bridge over the Valley of Death.
Apr. 11 Ron Wetzel University of Pittsburgh Nucleation of Polyglutamine Amyloid: From the Classical to the Baroque
Apr. 18 Mary Ann Handel Jackson Laboratory Molecular Models for Human Infertility
Apr. 25 Jeff Smith The Burnham Institute Janus Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery and Imaging


Spring 2011 Seminar Series

Date Speaker Institution Title
1/19 Jane Dyson Scripps Research Center Structural and Dynamic Studies of Functional Disordered and Partly Folded Proteins
1/26 Open
2/2 Pedro Romero Indiana University School of Medicine The Evolution of Protein Sequence and Structure: Lessons from Intrinsic Disorder Prediction
2/9 Ashok Deniz Scripps Research Center Single-molecule Dynamics and Coupled Binding-folding of intrinsically Disordered Proteins
2/16 Richard Kriwacki St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital The Role of Intrinsic Flexibility in Protein Regulatory Mechanisms
2/23 Peter Tompa Hungarian Academy of Sciences Chaperone Activity of Intrinsically Disordered Plant Dehydrins
3/2 Vladimir Uversky University of Florida Intrinsically Disordered Protein in Diseases: Uncontrolled Chaos
3/9 Robert Baldwin Stanford University Recent Developments in Folding Energetics and Their Significance for Understanding Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
3/23 Dorthy Erie University of North Carolina Visualization of Adenine Nucleotide-Induced Disorder-Order Conformation in MutLalpha
3/28 Steve Benkovic Pennsylvania State University A perspective on Biological Catalysis
4/6 Anne-Frances Miller University of Kentucky Nitroreductase, a Plastic Explosive Degrading Enzyme: Flexibility with respect to substrate specificity
4/13 Vern Schramm Albert Einstein Medical Center Enzymatic Transition States and Dynamics in Catalysis
4/20 Keith Dunker Indiana University School of Medicine Protein Intrinsic Disorder and Cell Signaling
4/27 Chris Stanley Oak Ridge National Laboratory Characterizing Intrinsically Disordered Proteins by Small-angle Neutron Scattering