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Department of Biochemistry Spring 2020 Seminar Series
BCHM 5004

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

Date

Speaker (Name and Affiliation)

Seminar Title

January 27

(Host: Biswarup Mukhopadhyay)

Dr. Rafael Davalos

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech

High Frequency Irreversible Electroporation for the Treatment of Malignant Glioma

Februray 3

(Host: Biswarup Mukhopadhyay)

Dr. Jonathan Auguste

Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech

The Enemy of My Enemy: An Insect-Specific Flavivirus Offers a Promising Platform

for Safe and Effective Flavivirus Vaccines

Februray 10

(Host: Michael Klemba)

Dr. Chenming (Mike) Zhang

Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Nanoparticle Based Nicotine Vaccine: A Pipe Dream or a Reality?

Februray 17

(Host: HHMI Inclusive Excellence Cohort)

Dr. Peter E. Doolittle

School of Education

Virginia Tech

Inclusivity: Strategies to Teach the World

Februray 24

(Host: Zhijian Tu)

Dr. Yuemei Dong

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Johns Hopkins Universiy

Anopheles Mosquito Immunity

 

March 2

(Host: Chloe Lahondere)

Dr. Mélanie Body

Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Toledo

Endophagous Insects: Master Plant Manipulators

March 9

Spring Break

 

March 16

(Host: Clement Vinauger)

Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia

Department of Biology

University of Washington

Entrainment of Circadian Rhythms: The Duel Between Light and Fear

March 23

(Host: Daniel Slade)

Dr. Brandon Garcia

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

East Carolina University

Molecular Mechanisms of Classical Pathway Complement Evasion by Lyme and Relapsing Fever Spirochetes

March 30

(Host: Kylie Allen and Biswarup Mukhopadhyay)

Dr. Eduardus Duin

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Auburn University

 

Metal Coenzyme M Reductase and Heterodisulfide Reductase, Partners in Sulfur Metabolism

April 6

(Host: Justin Lemkul)

Dr. Christina Bergonzo

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Computational Modeling of Structure-Function Relationships in RNA

April 13

(Host: Biswarup Mukhopadhyay and Kylie Allen)

Dr. Emily Elizabeth Mevers

Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

(Department of Chemistry

Virginia Tech, from Fall 2020)

Uncovering Microbial Chemical Warfare

April 20

(Host: Brandon Jutras)

 

Dr. Rich Marconi

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Virginia Commonwealth University

Chimeric Epitope Based Vaccines for Tick-Borne Diseases

April 27

(Host: BcGSA)

Dr. Lou Charkoudian

Haverford University

Exploring How Nature Makes Molecules

May 4

(Host: Justin Lemkul)

Alexa Salsbury

Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Polarizable Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Proto-Oncogene c-kit G-Quadruplexes

Department of Biochemistry Spring 2018 Seminar Series
BCHM 5004

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

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Januray 29

Dr. Boris Vinatzer
Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Virginia Tech

Genetics and Biochemistry of Ice Nucleation Activity in Bacteria

February 5

Dr. Christopher Lawrence
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech

Fungi - Friend and Foe: Sources of Novel Therapeutics and Etiologic Agents of Disease

February 12

Jing Liang

Biochemical Characterization of Aromatic Amino Acid Decarboxylases, A Family of Enzymes Essential for Insects
February 19

Dr. Daniel Suess
Departiment of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biosynthesis of the [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Active Site
February 26

Dr. Ken Hsu
Department of Chemistry and Pharmacology
University of Virginia

Chemoproteomic Strategies to Decode Metabolic Regulation of Lipid Signaling
March 5

Spring Break

No Seminar
March 12

Dr. Christopher Colbert
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
North Dakota State University

TBA
March 19

Dr. Andewas Gahlmann
Department of Chemistry
University of Virginia

TBA
March 26

AEM Rubayet Elahi

Chemo-proteomic Discovery of Lipases of Asexual Plasmodium falciparum

April 2

Dr. David Bevan
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Tech

I Always Wanted to be a Biochemist
April 9

Dr. Cayelan C. Carey
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech

Organism-Mediated Elemental Cycling: Examining the Role of 'Bio' in Biogeochemistry
April 16

Dr. Patricia Johnson
Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
University of California

Trichomonas vaginalis: Human Host and Parasite Interactions
April 23

Shradha Lad

Expression, purification, and cytotoxicity studies of human Tau isoforms for amyloid inhibitor discovery
April 30

Dr. Scott Verbridge
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Virginia Tech

Toward Attacking the Physical Hallmarks of Cancer with Targeted Ablation Therapies

Department of Biochemistry Fall 2017 Seminar Series
BCHM 5004

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

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

August 28

Dr. Carla Finkielstein
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech
 

The Regulatory Role of Clock
Proteins in p53 Signaling

September 4

LABOR DAY

No Seminar

September 11

Dr. Bin Xu
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Tech

Protein Amyloid Small Molecule Inhibitor Discovery and Mechanisms

September 18

Teresa Johnson
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Blacksburg VA

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Immunopathogenesis:  Implications for Vaccine and Drug Development

September 25

First Rotation Talks

TBA

October 2

Dr. Jinsong Zhu
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Tech

Hormonal Regulation of Mosquito Reproduction and Roles of miRNAs in Mosquito Immunity

October 9

OPEN

 

October 16

Dr. Ross Zirkle
Director, Molecular BiotechnologyDSM Nutritional Products, Columbia MD

Microbial Production of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

 

October 23

Second Rotation Talks

 

October 30

Dr. Tonya Zeczycki
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology East Carolina University

Alpha-Synuclein Sensitizes Transglutaminase 2 (TG2) to Ca2+ Activation

November 6

Dr. Xin Zhang
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Penn State University

Chemical Biology of Protein Misfolding

November 13

Dr. Marcos Pires
Department of Chemistry
Lehigh University

Interrogation of Bacterial Cell
Walls via Synthetic Analogs

November 20

NO SEMINAR

Thanksgiving Break

 

November 27

Third Rotation Talks

 

December 4

Dr. Lauren Childs
Department of Mathematics
Virginia Tech

Simulating Within-Vector Generation of Malaria Parasite Diversity

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

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