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Past Seminar Series

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

Fall 2014 Seminar Series

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


Spring 2013 Seminar Series

August 21Gladys AlexandreBCMB Department, UTSensing and Information Processing in Azospirillum Brasilense Chemotaxis
August 28Jae ParkBCMB Department, UTNeurons. It’s Complicated!
September 4Brad BinderBCMB Department, UTEthylene Signal Transduction in Plants and Cyanobacteria
September 11Jerome BaudryBCMB Department, UTVirtual Screening and Molecular Discovery: Methods, Applications and Challenges
September 18Les DuttonDepartment of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of PennsylvaniaDesign and Engineering of Man-Made Oxidoreductases
September 25Michael GilchrestDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UTTBD
October 2Paul LanganBiology and Soft Matter Division, Oak Ridge National LabExtending the Reach of Neutrons in Structural Biology
October 9Sakiko OkumotoDepartment of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Virginia Institute of TechnologyGenetically Encoded Metabolite Sensors – An Alternative Approach for Discovering Novel Transport Processes
October 16Jessy LabbePlant Systems Biology Group, Oak Ridge National LabPlants, Mycorrhizal Fungi, and Bacteria: Deciphering an Intimate Alliance within a Network of Interactions
October 23Arieh ZaritskyBen Gurion UniversityHow is Bacterial Cell Dimensions Related to Its Chromosome Replication?​
October 30DavidJensenAAAS Science “Tooling Up” columnist, Managing Director for Kincannon ReedStreet Savvy Science: How Science Employment Proceeds in a Down Economy
November 27Day before Thanksgiving. No session scheduled.

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Jan. 9Anne Skaja RobinsonTulane UniversityMolecular and Cellular Re-Engineering to Facilitate G-Protein Coupled Receptor Expression in Yeast: Adenosine Receptor Expression and Biophysical CharacterizationRobert Standaert
Jan. 16Steve SineThe Mayo Clinic College of MedicineMolecular Recognition Linked to Biological Function in Nicotinic Alpha7 Acetylcholine ReceptorsXiaolin Cheng
Jan. 23Susan TaylorUniversity of California, San DiegoPKA: Assembly of Dynamic and Isoform-Specific Macromolecular AssembliesLoukas Petridis
Jan. 30Matthew FieldsMontana State UniversityDwayne Elias
Feb. 6Donald HamelbergGeorgia State UniversityTongye Shen
Feb. 13Rommie AmaroUniversity of California, San DiegoJerome Baudry
Feb. 27Ashley SpiesUniversity of IowaJerome Baudry
March 6Carol PostPurdue UniversityJeremy Smith
March 13Alexander WlodawerNational Cancer InstituteHong Guo
March 20Toshiko IchiyeGeorgetown UniversityJeremy Smith
April 3Gnana S. GnanakaranLos Alamos National LabsTongye Shen
April 10Bradley S. MooreScripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSDReading and Reprograming Microbes to Biosynthesize Natural Product DrugsJerry Parks
April 17Roland DunbrackFox Chase Cancer CenterProtein Structure Prediction in Biology and MedicineHong Guo

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

Jan. 11Organizational/Information SessionUniversity of Tennessee
Jan. 18Valerie BerthelierUT Health Science Center, KnoxvilleConformational Diseases: Fingering the True Villain
Jan. 25Peter WolynesRice UniversityThe Energy Landscape Theory of Protein Folding
Feb. 1John FisherMD/PhD with Richard Kriwacki at St. Jude’sHow PUMA attacks it’s prey: PUMA-induced dimerization of BCL-xL releases cytosolic p53 inducing p53-dependent apotosis”
Feb. 8Jack RiordanUNC, Chapel HillAllosteric modulation balances thermodynamic stability and restores function of DeltaF508 CFTR
Feb. 15Open
Feb. 22Peter AndreasenAarhus University, DenmarkProteolytic Enzymes in Cancer
Feb. 29Susan WenteVanderbuilt UniversityBeyond the Pore: From nuclear mRNA export to translation
Mar. 7Dudley StricklandUniversity of MarylandMechanisms involved in protecting the vasculature: Role of LRP1
Mar. 14Brynn VoyDepartment of Animal Science, UTSystems genetics: exploiting genetic diversity
Mar. 21Spring Break
Mar. 28Thomas KunkelNIEHS, Research Triangle ParkRelationships Between DNA Replication Infidelity and Human Diseases
Apr. 4Justin BoydChattanooga Research InstituteDrug Discovery and Translational Research in Academia: Taking Steps on the bridge over the Valley of Death.
Apr. 11Ron WetzelUniversity of PittsburghNucleation of Polyglutamine Amyloid: From the Classical to the Baroque
Apr. 18Mary Ann HandelJackson LaboratoryMolecular Models for Human Infertility
Apr. 25Jeff SmithThe Burnham InstituteJanus Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery and Imaging


Spring 2011 Seminar Series

1/19Jane DysonScripps Research CenterStructural and Dynamic Studies of Functional Disordered and Partly Folded Proteins
2/2Pedro RomeroIndiana University School of MedicineThe Evolution of Protein Sequence and Structure: Lessons from Intrinsic Disorder Prediction
2/9Ashok DenizScripps Research CenterSingle-molecule Dynamics and Coupled Binding-folding of intrinsically Disordered Proteins
2/16Richard KriwackiSt. Jude’s Children’s Research HospitalThe Role of Intrinsic Flexibility in Protein Regulatory Mechanisms
2/23Peter TompaHungarian Academy of SciencesChaperone Activity of Intrinsically Disordered Plant Dehydrins
3/2Vladimir UverskyUniversity of FloridaIntrinsically Disordered Protein in Diseases: Uncontrolled Chaos
3/9Robert BaldwinStanford UniversityRecent Developments in Folding Energetics and Their Significance for Understanding Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
3/23Dorthy ErieUniversity of North CarolinaVisualization of Adenine Nucleotide-Induced Disorder-Order Conformation in MutLalpha
3/28Steve BenkovicPennsylvania State UniversityA perspective on Biological Catalysis
4/6Anne-Frances MillerUniversity of KentuckyNitroreductase, a Plastic Explosive Degrading Enzyme: Flexibility with respect to substrate specificity
4/13Vern SchrammAlbert Einstein Medical CenterEnzymatic Transition States and Dynamics in Catalysis
4/20Keith DunkerIndiana University School of MedicineProtein Intrinsic Disorder and Cell Signaling
4/27Chris StanleyOak Ridge National LaboratoryCharacterizing Intrinsically Disordered Proteins by Small-angle Neutron Scattering

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