The seventh annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Monday, May 13th, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2019 symposium will feature Dr. Georgios Skiniotis as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers will include MBSB faculty, current MBSB graduate students, and an MBSB alumnus.  Scroll down to see the schedule of events!


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Georgios Skiniotis, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Stanford University

"Cryo-EM Insights into G Protein Couples Receptor Activation and Signaling"



Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2019 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 15th, 2019

Completed forms should be emailed to Janet Zambotti at

 Registration Form: Click HERE to download

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2019



9:00 am            Registration and breakfast

9:45 am            Welcome – Andy Hinck


Morning Session

Chaired by: Sara Whitlock

10:00 am        TITLE PENDING

                        Patrick Moore

                        Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty


10:35 am       Structural Mechanisms of Parathyroid Hormone Receptor (PTHR) Signaling Through Gs

                        Lisa Clark

                        Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student.


10:55 am          Break


11:30 am        TITLE PENDING

                        Chino Cabalteja

                        Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student.


11:50 am        TITLE PENDING

                        Patricia Opresko

                        Environmental and Occupational Health, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty


12:25 pm – 1:25 pm


Afternoon Session

Chaired by: Stephen White


1:30 pm          TITLE PENDING

                        Mike Yonkunas

                        Chemistry & Biochemistry, Univ of the Sciences in Philadelphia. MBSB alumnus.


2:05 pm         Optical Control of Cre Recombinase in Zebrafish Embryos

                        Wesley Brown

                        Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student.


2:25 pm         PROTACs: Lessons from HIV

                        Jinwoo Ahn

                        Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty

Poster Session

3:00 pm – 4:10 pm


Keynote Address

Chaired by: Kirill Lavrenyuk


4:15 pm            Cryo-EM Insights into G Protein Coupled Receptor Activation and Signaling

                        Georgios Skiniotis

                        Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Structural Biology, Stanford Univ


5:30 pm