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Covid-19 Update: The 2020 MBSB Symposium has been postponed until further notice.  

The information below will be updated when new information is available.


The eighth annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Friday, May 8th, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2020 symposium will feature Dr. Gregory Petsko 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. Gregory Petsko

Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital

"How Parkinson's disease Starts - And How It Might Be Stopped"

 

 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2019 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 15th, 2020

Completed forms should be emailed to Janet Zambotti at zambotti@pitt.edu

 Registration Form: Click HERE to register

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download 

 


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2020

 

9:00 am            Registration and breakfast

9:45 am            Welcome – Andrew Hinck

Morning Session

Chaired by: Ananya Mukundan

10:00 am          "Peeking and Poking at Cells: Optical Control of Biological Processes"

                         Alex Deiters#

                         Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

 

10:35 am          "Multi-modal imaging reveals force transmission in cell monolayers"

                         Kirill Lavrenyuk

                         Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

 

10:55 am          Break

 

11:30 am          "Activation of Tev family kinase Btk by HIV Nef"

                         Manish Aryal*

                         Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

 

11:50 am          "Mechanism of the AMPA type Glutamate Receptor Allosteric Activation by an Agonist from Molecular Dynamics Simulations"

                         Maria Kurnikova#

                         Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Lunch

12:25 pm – 1:25 pm

 

Afternoon Session

Chaired by: Wesley Brown

 

1:30 pm            "Revealing XLF's Role in NHEJ" 

                         Sean Carney**

                         Harvard Medical School

 

2:05 pm            "Sub-Pocket Explorer (SubPEx): Leveraging weighted ensemble simulations to enhance the conformational search
                         of binding-pocket conformations"

                         Erich Hellmann Holguin*

                         Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

 

2:25 pm            "Title Pending"

                         Marijn Ford#

                         Department of Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh

 

Poster Session

3:00 pm – 4:10 pm

 

Keynote Address

Chaired by: Stephen White

 

4:15 pm            "How Parkinson's Disease Starts - And how It Might Be Stopped"

                         Gregory Petsko

                         Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Harvard Medical School and Bringham & Women's Hospital

 

Reception

5:30 pm

 

# MBSB Training Faculty
* MBSB Student
** MBSB Alumni

 


 


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 zambotti@pitt.edu

 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          New Methods—and Old Methods Applied in New Ways—to Find Human Cancer Viruses

                         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          Heterogeneous-Backbone Mimics of Disulfide-Rich Peptide Scaffolds

                         Chino Cabalteja

                         Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student

 

11:50 am          Investigating the Role of Oxidative Stress in Telomere Maintenance

                         Patricia Opresko

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

 

Lunch

12:25 pm – 1:25 pm

 

Afternoon Session

Chaired by: Stephen White

 

1:30 pm            A Highly Ordered ENE Motif Within the MALAT1 Triple Helix lcRNA Reveals a Distinct Inhibitory Structure for
                         Small Molecule Therapeutic Intervention.

                         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, Univ 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

 

Reception

5:30 pm

 


 


The sixth annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Friday, May 18th, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2018 symposium will feature Dr. Kalina Hristova 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. Kalina Hristova, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, John Hopkins University 

"The EphA2 Receptor: Interactions, Structure, and Function"

 

 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2018 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than May 09, 2018

Completed forms should be emailed to Janet Zambotti at zambotti@pitt.edu

 Registration Form: Click HERE to download

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download

 


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2018

 

9:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:45 Welcome
James Conway#


Morning Session,
chaired by Kirill Lavrenyuk

10:00  “Structural Insights into Diversification of Function in the TGF-Beta Family” Andrew Hinck#, Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

10:35 “Structural Characteristics of the RNAse H Domain in HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase” Ryan Slack*, Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

 

10:55 Break


11:30 “Autogrow 4.0: Improved Genetic Algorithm for de novo Computer Aided Drug Design” Jacob Spiegel*, Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

11:50 “Modeling Aspects of Selectivity in the Nuclear Pore Complex” Rob Coalson#, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

12:25 Lunch


Afternoon Session,
chaired by Sara Whitlock

1:30
Developing Label-Free Super-Resolution Microscopy to Study Polymer-Mediated Gene Delivery in Cells”, David Punihaole**, University of Minnesota 

2:05 “The Curious Case of Insoluble Polyglutamine Peptides” Stephen E. White*, Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

2:25  “Changes to the Nuclear Lamina Ultrastrcuture with Altered Lamin Expression and Variants” Kris Dahl#, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University


3:00 Break with Poster Session


Keynote Address,
chaired by Jennifer Boatz

4:15
The EphA2 Receptor: Interactions, Structure, and Function”, Kalina Hristova, Materials Science and Engineering, John Hopkins U

5:30 Reception

 

#MBSB Training Faculty *MBSB Student **MBSB Alumni