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The Department of Molecular Medicine hosts weekly seminars and research Work-in-Progress presentations throughout the year

Fall/Winter Research Work-in-Progress Presentations and Seminars

4:00 pm Mondays in Lecture Hall 3, Veterinary Research Tower (unless otherwise noted)


  • November 19:
    Chris Hosford (Chappie Lab): Structural determinants of McrB-DNA binding
    Akira Karasawa (Kawate Lab): Structural and functional studies of P2X7 receptors
  • November 26
    Wen-Hsuan Chang (Cerione Lab): Investigating the role of oncogenic KRAS derived extracellular vesicles in cancer progression
    Yang Gao (Cerione Lab): Structural basis of vertebrate vision, a GPCR signaling cascade


  • December 3:
    Gwen Beacham (Hollopeter Lab): Functional consequence of AP2 phosphorylation
    Carl Schiltz (Chappie Lab): The structure of a full-length class 1 OLD protein yields insight into the function and mechanism of the OLD protein family
  • December 10:
    Ian Malgapo (Linder Lab): Palmitoylation and activity of metallo-B-lactamase domain-containing protein 2
    Carolyn Kelly (Sondermann Lab): Functional and structural characterization of the dynamin-related G protein atlastin
  • December 17:
    TIsha Bohr (Adler Lab): Identification of signaling pathways that coordinate pharynx regeneration in Schmidtea mediterranea
    Erin Nicklow (Sevier Lab): Methionine sulfoxide reductase as a novel regulator of Hsp70 during oxidative stress


  • January 7:
    Arash Larifkar (Cerione Lab): Post-transcriptional regulation of lysosomal function by lysine deacylase SIRT1
    Justin Lormand (Sondermann Lab): Dinucleotide specificity of oligoribonuclease
  • January 14:
    Julio Sanchez (Cerione Lab): tba
    Shing Hu (Kurpios Lab): The left-right axis determining transcription factor Pitx2 regulates intestinal lymphatic development and functions
  • January 21 - NO WIP, Martin Luther King Holiday
  • January 28:
    Divya Shiroor (Adler Lab): Injury promotes stem cell survival in planarians
    Edward Partlow (Hollopeter Lab): A conserved conformational sensor coordinates AP2 clathrin adaptor inactivation


  • February 4 - NO WIP, BBS Recruitment
  • February 11:
    Elena Panizza (Cerione Lab): From global profiling to targeted research: a quantitative proteomic approach to glioma
    Kevin Siegenthaler (Sevier Lab): PDI cooperates with Sil1 to regulate the oxidation state and associated activities of the ER Hsp70 chaperone, BiP
  • February 18:
    Erik Henze (Kawate Lab): Discovering novel phosphoregulatory tyrosines of the ATP-release channel Pannexin1
    Yun Ha Hur (Cerione Lab): Embryonic stem cells generate extracellular vesicles that potentially impact pluripotency
  • February 25:

MARCH 2019

  • March 4:
    Phillip Nguyen (Kawate Lab): Determining the mechanism of DHHC9-GCP16 palmitoyltransferase activity
    Ruizhi Li (Cerione Lab): tba
  • March 5 (Tuesday) - BBS Signature Series Seminar; Lecture Hall 4:
    John Scott, Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington School of Medicine
    (hosted by Rick Cerione)
  • March 7 (Thursday) - Special Seminar; 12:15, Lecture Hall 3:
    Robert Ernst, Medical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Saarland University
    (hosted by Ruth Collins and Scott Emr of Weill Institute)
  • March 11:
    Myfanwy Adams (Chappie Lab): Mechanistic understanding of the novel RexA lytic switch
    Cora Demler (Kurpios Lab): Hyaluronan plays two-sided role in establishing left-right asymmetry during midgut rotation
  • March 18:
    Maria Font (Sondermann Lab): Elucidating mechanisms of bacterial signaling by cyclic dinucleotides
    Bhargav Sanketi (Kurpios Lab): Dissection of gene regulatory networks controlling midgut looping

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