Journal Club (Graduate Research Seminar)-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2013 Journal Club

(Graduate Research Seminar)

Journal club is held in the Conference Room of the Mellon Institute at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays unless otherwise indicated.




9/4 Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

How to Get Others Ready for Sex
Regev-Rudzki N, Wilson DW, Carvalho TG, Sisquella X, Coleman BM, Rug M, Bursac D, Angrisano F, Gee M, Hill AF, Baum J, Cowman AF. Cell-cell communication between malaria-infected red blood cells via exosome-like vesicles. Cell. 2013 May 23;153(5):1120-33.

Alys Cheatle Modularity in DNA Binding Preference of a Tbrain Transcription Factor may Allow for more Versatile Transcriptional Responses and Increased Evolvability
9/11 Joel McManus, Ph.D.
RNA Yoga: Sequence Signatures of Folding Flexibility
Ritz, J., Martin, J. S., & Laederach, A. (2013). Evolutionary Evidence for Alternative Structure in RNA Sequence Co-variation. (S.-J. Chen, Ed.)PLoS computational biology, 9(7), e1003152. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003152.s009

Jineta Banerjee
Elimination of Synaptic Inputs Precedes their Strengthening During Early Postnatal Refinement of a GABA/Glycinergic Circuit in the Mouse Auditory Brainstem
9/18 Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

Malassezia: head & shoulders® above the rest
Findley K, Oh J, Yang J, Conlan S, Deming C, Meyer JA, Schoenfeld D, Nomicos E, Park M; NIH Intramural Sequencing Center Comparative Sequencing Program, Kong HH, Segre JA. Topographic diversity of fungal and bacterial communities in human skin. Nature. 2013 Jun 20;498(7454):367-70. doi: 10.1038/nature12171. Epub 2013 May 22.

Stacie Oliver
Molecular Mechanisms Governing Stem Cell Niche Architecture in the Drosophila Female Germline
No Journal Club this week due to the Departmental Seminar
10/2 Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.
Neurotransmitter Switching in the Adult Brain Regulates Behavior
Davide Dulcis et al. (2013) Neurotransmetter Switching in the Adult Brain Regulates Behavior. Science, 340:449.

Shawn Burton Division of Labor in Mammalian Olfaction: Investigating the Physiology of Mitral and Tufted Cells
John Woolford, Ph.D.
Using Yeast to Study Ribonucleoprotein Dysfunction in Human Neurodegenerative Diseases
Buchan JR, Kolaitis R-M, Taylor JP, Parker R. (2013) Eukaryotic stress granules are cleared by autophagy and Cdc48/VCP function. Cell 153: 1461-1474.
Brooke McCartney, Ph.D.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Commensals, Pathogens, and Next Generation Therapeutics

Philip Davidson
Evolution of the Sporulation Initiation Pathway
10/23 Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

To sleep, perchance to clean

Adam Foote

Investigating the Roles of Micro-RNAS in Development

10/30 Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.
Novel Enzymes in the Sugar Chain to Muscle Health
Beril Kumcuoglu

Tailypo: The Roles of Eukaryote-specific Ribosomal Protein Extensions in Ribosome Assembly

11/6 Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.


Seriously? We don’t know how antibiotics work YET? Or maybe we do... The controversial role of reactive oxygen.

Christopher Pratt

Two-Color Tracking of an Ion Channe

11/13 Rotation 1 Presentations

Katherine Lagree

“Temporal Expression of GPP130 in response to Manganese”

Lydia Perkins

“Transmembrane Length-Dependent Partitioning of Oligomerized GPP130 into

Lipid Rafts as a Sorting Mechanism”

Dylan McCreary

"MOR Arrestin Signaling."

Emily Simon

“The Role of FGF in Directed Migration of Sea Urchin PMCs”

Zachary Weinberg

"Visualizing Gain Control with 2-Photon Calcium Microscopy"

James Winsor

"Combining FAPs and Voltage Sensitive Dyes in Neurons"

Minyan Zheng

"Regeneration of Serotonergic neurons in starfish"

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.
Harnessing Plant Cryptochromes to Optically Control Gene Expression in Mammals
Konermann S, Brigham MD, Trevino AE, Hsu PD, Heidenreich M, Cong L, Platt RJ, Scott DA, Church GM, Zhang F. Optical control of mammalian endogenous transcription and epigenetic states. Nature. 2013 Aug 22;500(7463):472-6. doi: 10.1038/nature12466. Epub 2013 Aug 23.

Tanvi Shashikant

"Genome-wide Analysis of Effector Genes in the Sea Urchin Skeletogenic Gene Network"

11/27 No Journal Club due to Thanksgiving Break
12/4 Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

The Human Gut: A Bacterial World.

Daniel Shiwarski

Unlocking the DOR to the surface: Trafficking of the δ-Opioid Receptor (DOR)