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Highlights of the 7th Annual Biochemistry Retreat

The Department of Biochemistry held their 7th Annual Retreat on August 20, 2016, in the Coralville Public Library. The retreat featured 5 faculty talks and 34 poster presentations.

It was exciting to learn about all of the science happening in the Department! Congratulations to the winners of the various contests listed below.

Graduate Student Poster Competition:
1st Place: Lalita Oonthonpan (Taylor Lab) “Elucidating structure-function relationship of the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier”
2nd Place: Will Hacker (Elcock Lab) “Modeling the E. coli nucleoid subject to experimental restraints”
3rd Place: Mark Miller (Elcock Lab) “Re-parameterization of protein force fields guided by osmotic coefficient measurements from molecular dynamics simulations”

Postdoctoral/Medical Fellows and Research Staff Poster Competition:
Shyamal Subramanyam, Postdoc (M. Spies Lab) “Tyrosine phosphyorylation stimulates activity of human RAD51 recombinase through altered nucleoprotein filament dynamcs”

Undergraduate Poster Competition:
Rick Young (Wallrath Lab) “DNA damage associated with muscular dystrophy”

X-Scientist Theme Competition:
Sarah Hengel, aka Aqua Structure Girl (ASG) with her superpowers to shrink herself to the size of a water molecule, jump into protein solutions, and with her eyes shoot X-rays at the protein of interest for structural determination

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