Fall 2009 Journal Club (Graduate Research Seminar)-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2009 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.




8/26 Ken Hovis
Development of Structure and Function in the Accessory Olfactory System of Mice
Bistra Iordanova
Design and Characterization of Ferritin Chimera as an MRI Reporter Gene
9/2 Michael Chen
Genetic Polymorphisms and Splicing of RNA for the Human Dopamine Reuptake Transporter
Corey Flynn
A Novel Marker for Laminar Organization in the Mammalian Lateral Geniculate Nucleus
9/9 No Journal Club
9/16 Connor Murphy
Synthesis of Tunable and Cell Permeable G-rich PNAs

Nina Senutovitch
Characterization of Fluorogen Activating Proteins (FAPs) and Development of Cytoplasmic FAP Sensors that Interact with Dimethylindole Red (DIR)
9/23 Tara Sharma
Activation of the Skeletogenic Gene Regulatory Network in the Early Sea Urchin Embryo

Kristen Yankura Complex Regulatory Patterning of Sea Star Embryonic Ectoderm Supports a Larval Origin of the Deuterostomes
9/30 Melissa Witzberger Understanding Cell-shape Changes Through Ventral Furrow Formation

Maureen Stolzer Inferring the History of Multi-domain Proteins via Comparative Domain Tree Analysis
10/7 Deepak Kana Kadayakkara In vivo Cellular Imaging using 19F MRI and MRS
Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.
HIV Entry - Seeing is Believing?
HIV enters cells via endocytosis and dynamin-dependent fusion with endosomes. Miyauchi et al., Cell. 2009 May 1;137(3):433-44.
10/14 Santosh Chandrasekaran Gene Therapy for Red–green Colour Blindness in Adult Primates
Mancuso K, Hauswirth WW, Li Q, Connor TB, Kuchenbecker JA, Mauck MC, Neitz J and Neitz M. Nature. 2009 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Jineta Banerjee Retrograde GABA Signaling Adjusts Sound Localization by Balancing Excitation and Inhibition in the Brainstem
Magnusson AK, Park TJ, Pecka M, Grothe B and Koch U. Neuron, 2008.
10/21 Alys Cheatle
Specific DNA-binding by Apicomplexan AP2 Transcription Factors
De Silva EK, Gehrke AR, Olszewski K, Leo I, Chahal JS, Bulyk ML and Llina M. PNAS. vol. 105 no. 24 8393–8398, 17 June 2008.

Cassandra Priddy
In Vitro Reconstitution of Membrane Scission: Membrane Scission by the ESCRT-III Complex
Wollert et al. Nature 2009.
10/28 Mark DeBlois
Behavioral Choice by Presynaptic Inhibition of Tactile Sensory Terminals in the Medicinal Leech
Gaudry Q and Kristan WB. Behavioral choice by presynaptic inhibition of tactile sensory terminals. Nature Neuroscience, 2009.

Alison Barth, Ph.D.
Novel Mechanisms Silence Firing in Circadian-activated Neurons
Belle, Diekman, Forger and Piggins. Daily electrical silencing in the mammalian circadian clock. Science 326:281, 2009.
11/4 Shantanu Ganguly Control of Biofilm Quorum Sensing by C. albicans

Robert Murphy, Ph.D.
Active Learning for Experimental Biology
(See the Departmental Seminar Schedule for more details)
Tracy Johnson, Ph.D. Pre-mRNA Splicing and Histone Modification:  A "tail" of the Coordinated Control of Gene Expression
(12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the MI Social Room)
Rotation 1 Presentations

Gregory Smith
Refining Analysis of Cancer Progression: An EM Algorithm for Denoising FISH Data

Nathan Hsu
Visualization of BKα with the FAP HL4

Idil Ulengin
Activity Dependent Change in the BK Channel β4 Subunit Expression

Phu Van
High Dynamic Range Imaging for Deep Proteomics

Michael Gamalinda
Assembly of Ribosomal Proteins in the A3 Step during 60S Biogenesis

Stephanie Hughes
Does the Function of a Silent Splice Site Require U1 snRNA?

Ashita Magal
Golgi Size Increase in Differentiated Cells?

Ritika Tewari
Golgi Glycoprotein GPP 130 – Novel Regulator of Mn2+ Induced Cytotoxicity?

Sailatha Ravi
Implementation of a Novel Approach to Study Protein-protein Interactions in Candida albicans - Vesicle Capture Interaction Assay

(12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
Rotation 1 Presentations

Simran Saini
Mapping the Binding Interface Between Two ER Proteins: DP1 and Yip1

Mingrui Zhang
Construction and Testing of an scFv-based CD-tagging Vector

Suchitra Ramachandran
Uncovering the Mechanism of δ-opioid Receptor Trafficking in Response to Growth Factors

Ezgi Kunttas-Tatli
Role of Frizzled-1 Receptor During Early Sea Urchin Development

Rachel Vistein
The Role of PKA in Recycling of β2 Adrenergic Receptors

James Hughes
Studying the Inhibitory Effects of NBDHEX on GSTP1-1 with Structural NMR

Andrew Kehr
ADAR2 and U1R/G: Expression, Enrichment, and

Amanda Soohoo
An Expedition in Protein Purification and Crystallization with ADARs

Deborah Makin
Expressing, Purifying, and (Hopefully) Crystallizing scADAT1

Paul Barton
Modulation of Dopamine Transport Levels by NMD

11/25 No Journal Club
12/2 Elmer Ker
Spatial Control of Stem Cell Differentiation

Brenna McCauley
Evolution of Echinoderm Endomesoderm Development: Insights from Sea Stars and Sea Cucumbers