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Congratulations to our 2014 summer graduates:
Dr. Tyson Eucker, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended his dissertation entitled Campylobacter jejuni Manipulates the Focal Complex to Invade Epithelial Cells and Induce Secretion of Interleukin-8 and has been accepted a position at Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica in Ames, IA.
Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Evans, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended her dissertation entitled Investigating the Degradation of Retinoic Acid via Cytochrome P450 Enzymes, CYP26A1 and CYP26B1, in the Postnatal Testis and been accepted as a postdoc at the University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Congratulations to Regents Professor Michael Smerdon and Dr. Peng Mao, a postdoctoral researcher in his laboratory, for discovery of an early step in the process of repairing damaged DNA that has the potential to lead to new targets for the treatment of a number of human diseases including cancer. In a study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Drs. Smerdon and Mao identified a chromatin response to DNA damage-induced RNA polymerase II arrest (deubiquitylation of histone H2B), that helps 'fine-tune' the chromatin landscape to allow DNA repair enzymes access to damage in chromatin while avoiding excess RNAPII degradation. Modulation of this step in the repair process may eventually lead to more effective therapy for DNA repair-deficient diseases, such as Cockayne Syndrome, a disease that causes extreme sun sensitivity, nervous system degeneration and premature aging. For more information go to: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/18/wsu-researchers-find-crucial-step-in-dna-repair/#.U_ONBk3n_cs
SMB PhD Defense
by Abigail Green
presents a seminar entitled
A Structure-Based Analysis of Bioengineering Targets in Phenyl Metabolism for Green Biotechnology Applications
in conjunction with 2nd proposal presents the seminar Structural and kinetic characterization of a hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA transferase from Sorghum bicolor
3:00 - 3:30 pm
"Mechanism and consequence of LINE retrotransposition"
Dr. Jeffrey Han
October 23, 2014
12:10pm - 1:00pm
"The role of the Y chromosome in directing spermatogenesis"
Dr. Monika Ward Institute for Biogenesis Research University of Hawaii October 27, 2014 12:10pm - 1:30pm BLS 402
in conjunction with 2nd proposal presents a seminar: Development of Novel Insulated Foamy Retroviral Vectors for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy
BLS 402 2:10 pm
SMB Seminar presented by Simon Newkirk Characterization of L1 transgenes with the endogenous 5’UTR promoter
BLS 402 2:35 pm