2010 Beckman Scholars

active site of thymidylate kinase colored by conservation of residues between humans and Cryptosporidium parvumBrandeis was recently awarded a grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation through their Beckman Scholars Program. This grant will support two students each through two summers and one academic year of undergraduate research.

Philip Braunstein and Jessica Hutcheson have been named the 2010 Beckman Scholars.  Braunstein (class of 2012) is a Biochemistry major identifying parasite-selective inhibitors of pyrimidine biosynthesis in the Hedstrom laboratory.  Hutcheson (2011) is a Biochemistry/Neruoscience major investigating the molecular processes that determine memory in the Griffith laboratory.

Congratulations to the winners!

Formal test of the theory of a Universal Common Ancestor

In letter to Nature, Doug Theobald, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, presents a formal test of the theory that evolution proceeds from a single common ancestor, using model selection theory.

From sequence to consequence: Petsko-Ringe lab celebration

From Sequence to Consequence: Celebrating 30 Years of Science with
Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko

June 18-19, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Auditorium

On September 4, 1980, Drs. Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko entered into an official collaboration, and the scientific community has never been the same since.  Now, 30 years later, their joint lab at Brandeis University is putting together a symposium to celebrate their combined lifetimes of achievement.  This 2-day event features 20 speakers who either trained or collaborated with the lab, plus a dinner reception on Friday night.  Registration is now open to all members of the Brandeis community.  Details and registration can be found at http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/PRSymposium2010/.  The registration code is scc30.

Dagmar and Greg

Petsko elected to APS

Greg Petsko, Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Brandeis professor and postdoc alumni win Searle Scholars grants

One Brandeis professor and two of our former postdocs are among the 15 recipients of the competitive Searle Scholars awards for 2010. Nelson Lau, an assistant professor in the Biology Dept., won for his work on “Germline Genome Regulation by Piwi Proteins and Small RNAs”. Katie Henzler-Wildman is a former postdoc from the Kern lab in Biochemistry who now has a lab at Washington Univ. in St. Louis. Katie received a grant to study “The Role of Protein Dynamics in Multidrug Resistance Transport Activity”. David Biron, an alumnus of the Sengupta Lab who is now an assistant professor at U. Chicago, received a grant to study “Understanding Lethargus: The Sleep-Like Behavior of the Nematode C. Elegans“.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Biochemistry Senior Research Talks

It’s also the season for Senior Honors / Masters Thesis talks…

DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY

Annual Senior Research Talks
2009/2010 Biochemistry Honors and BS/MS Candidates

Friday, April  23, 11:30-1:30pm – G-zang 122

Clarence Friedman – BS/MS

Characterization of 1-d-deoxyxylulose reductoisomerase
Advisor: Dan Oprian

Stefan Isaac  – BS/MS

Functional Characterization and in silico Modeling of HlyU
Advisors:  Dagmar Ringe/Greg Petsko

Seth Lieblich BS/MS

Bacterial Gene Repressors
Advisor: Dagmar Ringe

Miranda Patton BS/MS

Mutation of the Active Site of IMP Dehydrogenase, to Find a Novel Mutant and Create a Hybrid GMP Reductase
Advisor:  Liz Hedstrom

Nat Lazar BS

We are superfamily: bioinformatic and biochemical analyses of protein evolution
Advisor:  Douglas Theobald

Kanchana Ravichandran BS

Formation of heterotetramers between the human isozymes of Inosine 5’-Monophosphate Dehydrogenase
Advisor:  Liz Hedstrom

Seth Robey BS

Streamlining C1C-0 Purification and Examining the pH Dependence of an Amino Acid Transporter
Advisor:  Chris Miller

Kenta Yamamoto BS

The Type-1 Insulin-Like Growth Factor in Cancer and Hematopoiesis
Advisor: Ruibao Ren

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come.  Pizza will be provided.

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