Department of Biochemistry Spring 2017 Seminar Series
BCHM 5004

Location: Engel 223, Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Coffee served at 3:45 in Room 217

February 13

Dr. Kathy Liu
Faculty Candidate
One Cupin Platform, A Kaleidoscope of Biological Functions
February 16
9:30 - 10:30 in Fralin 002
Dr. Kevin Vogel
Faculty Candidate
Investigating mosquito reproduction, development, and the microbiome

February 20

Dr. Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza
Faculty Candidate
Fungi, Insects, and Chemoreception

February 27

Dr. Sarah Short
Faculty Candidate
Bugs and their bugs: Mosquito-microbe interactions and implications for disease transmissio

March 6

Spring Break No Seminar

March 13

Ariana Umana
Kendra Bufkin
*Graduate Student Seminars
5 minutes and 20 minutes

March 20

Michael Casasanta
AEM Rubayet Elahi
Olusegun “Ade” Adepoju
*Graduate Student Seminars
5, 20, and 20 minutes

March 27

Michelle Pasier
Hangu Nam
Ariana Umana
*Graduate Student Seminars
5, 5, and 20 minutes

April 3

Tahmina Ahmed
Paul Velander
*Graduate Student Seminars
5 and 40 minutes

April 10

Britton Hipple
Hannah Valentino
*Graduate Student Seminars
5 and 20 minutes

April 17

Michelle Pasier *Graduate Student Seminar
40 minutes

April 24

Blake Sanders
Didier “Mena” Aguilar
*Graduate Student Seminars
20 minutes each

May 1

Invited Speaker – Invitation Pending TBA

January 30

Dr. Bryan Mounce
Faculty Candidate
Small but Mighty:  Polyamines in RNA Virus Replication and Host Response

February 6

Pablo Sobrado Research Presentation for Graduate Recruitment

*Titles:  TBA

Department of Biochemistry Fall 2016 Seminar Series
BCHM 5004

Location: Engel 223, Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Coffee served at 3:45 in Room 217

Date

Topic

Speaker

Title

Nov 7

Professional Development

Dr. Glenda Gillaspy

Developing your teaching career

Nov 14

Science

Dr. Janelle C. Arthur

Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UNC

Host: Daniel Slade

Microbes, Inflammation nd Colorectal Cancer

 

 

Nov 21

 

THANKSGIVING

(No seminar)

 

Nov 28

Academic

Third Rotation Talks

 

Dec 5

 

Jiun Yen

Biological Sciences Engineering

Using Genome Scale Modeling to Understand Metabolism

Previous Seminars (Fall 2016)

Oct 31

Alumni, Industry Speaker

Ahn Tran

Novozymes

TBA

Oct 24

Academic

Second Rotation Talks

 

Aug 29

Science

Dr. Biswarup Mukhopadhyay

Biochemistry of Mycobacteria

Sept 5

 

Labor Day (No seminar)

 

Sept 12

Graduate Student Meeting

Dr. Glenda Gillaspy

Discussion on Graduate Program

Sept 19

Science

Dr. Florin Despa

Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Kentucky; Host: Bin Xu

Amylin, Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

 

Sept 26

Academic

First Rotation Talks

 

Oct 3

Science

Dr.  Caroline Jones

 

Oct 10

Professional Development

Dr. Peter Kennelly   

Developing your “elevator” talk

Oct 17

Science

Dr. James Morris

Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center, Clemson University

Host: Zachary B. Mackey

Hexokinases in the Malaria Parasite

 

 

Department of Biochemistry and BCHM 5004 Seminar Series
Spring 2016

Location: Fralin Life Science Auditorium

Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Some of the open slots will be filled with BCHM 5004 presentations.   The schedule will be updated periodically. Watch for weekly announcements.

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

January 25

Professor Peter J. Kennelly

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Making YOUR Interview a Success

 

February 1

Professor Zhijian Tu

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Sex and the Control of Mosquito-Borne Infectious Diseases

February 8

Professor Richard Helm

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Metabolomics and Proteomics at the Virginia Tech Mass

Spectrometry Incubator

February 15

Snow say

·  Snow day

February 22

AnaLisa Valenciano

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

First Year Graduate Students’ Second Rotation Research Presentation

Kendra Bufkin

Michelle Pasier

Tahmina Ahmed

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

·  Examining Unique Properties of TbERK8 That Can Be Chemically Exploited for Drug Discovery (5-minute presentation)

 

·  Examining Proteins that interact with Trypanosoma brucei Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (Kendra Bufkin)

·  Redox regulation of ATPase of Methanosarcina mazei (Michelle Pasier)

·  Juvenile Hormone Action Involves MAP Kinase Signaling in Aedes aegypti (Tahmina Ahmed)

February 29

Dr. Christopher L. Case

Leidos, Inc., Reston, VA

Opportunities to utilize your PhD in Science Administration and Project Management

March 7

Spring Break

Spring Break

 

March 14

Amanda Fisher

Michael Casasanta

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

·  Constructing a Biosynthetic Pathway to 3-Hydroxy-2-Pyrrolidinone (20’ seminar)

·  Uncovering the role of the autotransporter phospholipase, FplA, in Fusobacterium nucleatum pathogenesis (20’ seminar)

March 21

Paul Velander

 

Jing Liang

 

Lu Zhai

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

·  Structure activity studies for anti-amylin aggregation candidates Rosmarinic acid and Baicalein (1 slide presentation)

·  N192H mutation-derived DDC activity of DHPAA synthase implying the important role of residue192 in decarboxylation and oxidative deamination (20’ seminar)

·  Irisin as a performed monomer for adipocyte browning (20’ seminar)

March 28

Professor Dorothea Tholl

Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

·  Biosynthesis and function of volatile communication signals in plants and animals

April 4

Blake Sanders

 

Paul Velander

 

AEM Rubayet Elahi

·  Identification and characterization of an unknown Type V secreted protein in Fusobacterium nucleatum (1 slide presentation)

·  Rosmarinic acid, a catechol-containing natural product, is a potent inhibitor against amylin amyloidosis (20’ seminar)

·  TBA- AEM Rubayet Elahi (20’ seminar)

April 11

Danielle Miler

Michael Casasanta

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

·  Recycling of SAM for Deoxysugar Biosynthesis

 

·  TBA (1 slide presentation)

April 18

Elizabeth Kowalski

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Dynamic Modulation of the Innate Immune response by Toll-interacting Protein

April 25

Blake Sanders

 

Benedicta Forson

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

·  Identification and characterization of an unknown Type V secreted protein in Fusobacterium nucleatum (20’ presentation)

·  Biochemical characterization of the two-component flavoprotein; Isobutylamine-N-hydroxylase (IBAH) and flavin reductase (FRED) (20’ seminars)

May 2

Professor Squire Booker

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Pennsylvania State University

 

Characterization of a Dual Specificity RNA Methylase

 

 

May 9

First Year Graduate Students’ Third Rotation Research Presentation

Kendra Bufkin

Michelle Pasier

Yu Pan

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

 

TBA

May 16

Professor Harald W. Sontheimer

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

TBA

May 23

Professor Patricia C. Babbitt

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

University of California San Francisco

 

TBA