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

Spring 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.




1/14 Maureen Stolzer
Inferring the History of Multi-domain Proteins via Comparative Domain Tree Analysis
Kristen Yankura
Evolutionary Insights Gleaned from Characterization of Neural Territories in the Sea Star Larva
1/21 Melissa Witzberger
Cytoskeletal Players in Ventral Furrow Formation
Brett Benedetti
Sensory Plasticity Enhances Spike Timing Precision and Reliability in Neocortical Circuits
1/28 Aarti Sahasranaman
A Functional Cluster of Ribosome Assembly Factors Regulates Production of Precise 5'ends of rRNA
Sonal Shruti
Seizure Dependent Regulation of BK Channel Activity
2/4 Debrup Sengupta
Organelle Tethering Mediated by GRASP65 Intermolecular PDZ Domain Interaction
Mengning Zhou
Mechanisms Underlying the Cortical Localization of APC2
2/11 Graduate Recruitment Week
(2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Rotation 2 Reports

Jineta Banerjee, Advisor: Alison Barth
Optically Driven Neural Activity and the Induction of Expression of Immediate Early Gene c-Fos

Santosh Chandrasekaran, Advisor: Adam Linstedt
Golgi: Hold it Right There!

Alys Cheatle, Advisor: Brooke McCartney
The Role of 20 Amino Acid Repeats in APC Function in vivo

Mark DeBlois, Advisor: Tina Lee
Yip, Yop and ER Structure

Cassandra Priddy, Advisor: Adam Linstedt
Reconstituting Tether-dependent Fusion in vivo

Graduate Recruitment Week
3/4 Shantanu Bhattacharyya NMR experiments on Single Chain Variable Fragment K7
Aaron Mitchell
Candida Biofilm Matrix Regulation
3/11 Spring Break
3/18 Saksham Chandra Impact of Different Mechanisms of Oscillatory Synchrony on Information Coding by Neuron
Jeanne Morin-Leisk
The Hunt for ER Structuring Proteins
3/25 Shantanu Ganguly
New Approach to Study Protein-protein Interactions and New Gene Candidates for Cell Wall Integrity in Candida albicans
Parker Mills
Facilitated Detection and Quantification of Theragnostic Magnetocapsules by Analyzing MRI Susceptibility Perturbations
4/1 John Holleran
CFTR Biosensors: Implementing Fluoromodules to Develop Therapeutic Strategies
Jing Wen
Developmental Regulation of Experience-dependent Plasticity in Mouse Barrel Cortex
4/8 Elmer Ker
Towards Biopatterning of Complex Tissues

Ayshwarya Subramanian Reconstructing Yeast Regulatory Networks
4/15 Nicole Marthaler
Transitioning from Early Neural Circuit Formation to Critical Period Plasticity
Smita Yadav Role of Golgi Positioning in Directed Secretion, Cell Polarity and Wound Healing
4/22 Brenna McCauley
The Sea Urchin Micromere GRN: Novel Activation of a Conserved Mesoderm Developmental Program
Qi Yan
Towards Nanoscale Resolution Using Fluorogen Activating Proteins (FAPs)
4/29 Kalin Vasilev A Vector Toolbox for Developing New Protein Proximity Biosensors
Bradley Yates
Berget's Buttery Biosensors:  Bradley's Branch
(2:30 - 4 p.m.; MI Social Room)
Rotation 3 Reports

Cassandra Priddy, Advisor: Mark Macbeth, Ph.D.
ADAR2: Resolving the Missing Loop

Mark DeBlois, Advisor: Alison Barth, Ph.D.
The Anticonvulsant Drug Paxilline Reduces Water Intake in the Mouse Model for Thirst

Alys Cheatle, Advisor: Charles Ettensohn, Ph.D.
Mechanisms of Developmental Plasticity: Regulative Deployment of the Skeletogenic Gene Regulatory Network

Santosh Chandrasekaran, Advisor: Justin Crowley, Ph.D.
1. Exploring 'in vivo Electroporation' as a Tool
2. MHC: A Guidance Cue?

Jineta Banerjee, Advisor: Karl Kandler, Ph.D.
A Brief Study of the Anatomy and Physiology of MNTB Neurons in Mice