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2017 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The 2017 Biochemistry @ Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

13th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Eight students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the thirteenth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2017 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

(left to right): Emily Britt, Sarah Gardner, Zachary Wehrspan, Maria Núñez Hernandez, Maureen O’Connor, Sarah Van Dorin, Nicholas McCarty, Nicholas Mullen
  • Emily C. Britt
    Mentor: Brandon Davies
    Investigating the Interactions Between ANGPTL3, ANGPTL8, and Lipoprotein Lipase
  • Sarah H. Gardner
    Mentor: Sheila Baker
    Post-Synaptic Development of the First Visual Synapse
  • Maria Núñez Hernandez
    Mentor: Madeline Shea
    Calcium-Dependent Regulation of Calcineurin Activity
  • Nicholas S. McCarty
    Mentor: E. Dale Abel
    Exploring Mechanisms by which the Insulin Responsive Glucose Transporter GLUT4 is Regulated in High-Fat Fed Hearts
  • Nicholas J. Mullen
    Mentor: David Price
    Oxidative Stress Reveals Mechanistic Insight into Human 5’ mRNA Capping
  • Maureen O’Connor
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    Lamin localization and genome integrity in rare types of muscular dystrophy
  • Sarah Van Dorin
    Mentor: Ronald Weigel
    Role of TFAP2A in Transcriptional Regulation of Melanoma
  • Zachary Wehrspan
    Mentor: Ronald Weigel
    TFAP2C orchestrates pH regulation in breast tumors, and its loss leads to EMT, facilitating the Warburg Effect

The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Nicholas J. Mullen (Price lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Emily Britt (Davies lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2017 graduates!

12th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Seven students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the twelfth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2016 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

Group Picture

(left to right): Jiadi An, Hannah Miller, Mohammed Ismail, Alexander Wolff, Hang Yin, Devon Moose, Jianlan Ren
  • Jiadi An
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: GROMOS 54A7
  • Mohammed A. Ismail
    Mentor: Maria Spies
    Phosphorylation by C-Abl Kinase on RAD51
  • Hannah K. Miller
    Mentor: Todd Washington
    Polymerase Interactions with PCNA
  • Devon L. Moose
    Mentor: Bridget Lear
    Developmental vs. Adult Requirements of the Narrow Abdomen Ion Channel Expression in Drosophila
  • Jianlan Ren
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: CHARMM36
  • Alexander J. Wolff
    Mentor: Daniel Weeks
    Designing and Building a Probe to Examine Endogenous Amyloids in Early Xenopus Development
  • Hang Yin
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Improvement of Sugar-Sugar Interactions in Molecular Dynamics Simulations Using Osmotic Pressure Measurements

The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Alexander J. Wolff (Weeks lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Hannah K. Miller (Washington lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2016 graduates!

2015 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Cover_2015_newsletterThe 2015 Biochemistry @ Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Eleventh Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Symposium

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Ten students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the eleventh year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2015 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

Lata group

Back row (left to right): David Wadkins, Michael Turek, Alexander Hjelmaas, Brady Campbell
Front row (left to right): Yinjie Zhai, Grant Young, Xin Xu, Liam Hovey, Sarah Mayer
Inset: Samuel Mueting
  • Brady A. Campbell
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Understanding the DNA: AA Interface through Molecular Dynamics Simulations
  • Alexander J. Hjelmaas
    Mentor: Brandon Davies
    Investigating the Nature of ANGPTL3 Inactivation of LPL
  • Liam Hovey
    Mentor: Madeline Shea
    Calcium/Calmodulin Modulation of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
  • Sarah L. Mayer
    Mentor: Daniel Weeks
    Studies on Smooth Muscle Actin Mutations Linked to Human Disease
  • Samuel R. Mueting
    Mentor: Todd Washington
    Regulation of TLS Polymerase Activity by Ubiquitin Binding to a Novel Site on the Catalytic Core
  • Michael E. Turek
    Mentor: David Price
    Characterization of an RNA Polymerase II CTD Phosphatase
  • David Wadkins
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Molecular Simulation Studies of Sequence Dependent Features of DNA and RNA Conformation
  • Xin Xu
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Understanding Site Specificity of Non-enzymatic Protein Acetylation in Mitochondria
  • Grant H. Young
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    A Fruit Fly Model of Muscular Dystrophy Reveals Novel Mechanisms of Pathology
  • Yinjie Zhai
    Mentor: Hillel Haim
    Structural Modulation of HIV-1 Env by Stability Modifying Agents

The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Alexander J. Hjelmaas (Davies lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Sarah L. Mayer (Weeks lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2015 graduates!

2014 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The 2014 Biochemistry@Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Dagan Marx awarded 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Dagan Marx, an undergraduate major in the Shea laboratory, has been awarded the 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium and for the high quality and the breadth of his research.

This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.

Congratulations, Dagan!

Tenth Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Symposium

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Twelve students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the tenth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2014 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done:

Full Group Pic

  • Gabriel  Baccam
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    Modeling Skin Blistering Disease in Drosophila
  • Reid Brown
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Investigation of Nucleoside Nucleoside Interactions Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation
  • Zac Builta
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    Purification and assay of enzymatic activity of phage ΦC31 integrase protein using a protein splicing system: Isolation of an enzyme to make transgenic frogs
  • Sophia Chen
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Vinculin-actin interactions in cell migration
  • Lisa Golden
    Mentor: Ernie Fuentes
    Exploring the Specificities, Thermodynamics, and Structures of Tiam2 PDZ Mutants
  • Frances Hindt
    Mentor: Ernie Fuentes
    Characterizing the Tiam1-Talin Complex
  • Kyle Klingbeil
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Use of nicotinamide riboside to oppose the development of alcoholic fatty liver in the mouse
  • Dagan Marx
    Mentor: Madeline Shea
    Recognition of Human Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels by Calmodulin
  • Ebosetale Okoruwa
    Mentor: Marc Wold
    High Throughput Assay for RPA-Protein Interactions
  • Oluwatoni Olayiwola
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Conformational Behavior of Tripeptides in Aqueous Solution
  • Michael Schrodt
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Conformational Flexibility of Short Single-Stranded DNA and RNA Systems Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation
  • Dylan Thiemann
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    GPU accelerated computing and its role in Brownian Dynamic simulations

The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Kyle Klingbeil (Brenner lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Lisa Golden (Fuentes lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2014 graduates!

2013 Biochemistry Newsletter

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

The 2013 Biochemistry@Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Ninth Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

A record 13 students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the ninth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2013 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done:

  • James Bullard
    Mentor: Pam Geyer
    Diversity in function: understanding how a polydactyl zinc-finger protein confers multiple functional outputs
  • Alexander Crider
    Mentor: Atish Dey (Chemistry)
    A novel DMSP lyase
  • Atish Dey
    Mentor: David Soll (Biology)
    Identification of genes involved in candida albicans biofilm synthesis under the control of BCR1
  • Johnathan Fagg
    Mentor: Peter Rubenstein
    Molecular effects of two Baraitser Winter causing mutations
  • Bhavatharini Kasinathan
    Mentor: Sarit Smolikove (Biology)
    The relationship between proteolysis and the akirin pathway in synaptonemal complex disassembly during C. elegans meiosis
  • Irtaza Khalid
    Mentor: David Price
    Deregulation of P-TEFb through microsatellite instability-induced mutations in LARP7 as a potential cause of cancer
  • Ryan Marling
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    The role of cardiac NK2 genes in early heart development of Xenopus laevis
  • Allyson Mayer
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Computational and experimental determination of protein acetylation as a function of nutrition
  • Clayton Oakley
    Mentor: Beverly Davidson (Internal Medicine)
    The validation of several candidate genes predicted to have gained microRNA binding sites through transposable elements
  • Stephen Siemonsma
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Course-grained BD simulations of type III secretion system needle in salmonella
  • David Simoens
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    A drosophila model for lamin-associated heart disease
  • Kyle Strouse
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    Expression of the MiR183 cluster: is there a differential expression of these micro-RNAs in early development?
  • Johanna Uribe
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Vinculin phosphorylation regulates epithelial phenotypes

The symposium also included the presentation of two new undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Stephen Siemonsma (Elcock lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Allyson Mayer (Brenner lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2013 graduates!