- Nyholm lab sequences genome of Hawaiian bobtail squid
The MCB PSM microbial sequencing, assembly, and annotation winter session module. Photo credit: Zoe Scholar
- Students working in MCB 1200 'Virus Hunting' Laboratory
- David Goldhamer awarded an NIH R01 grant for $2.2M to study Regulation of Satellite Cell Development, Programming and Differentiation by Myogenic FactorsNational Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has awarded David Goldhamer, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology a $2.2 million, 5-year award to study Satellite cells. Satellite cells are responsible for the marked regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle. Although these stem cells were discovered more than 50 years ago, the molecular mechanisms that […]Posted on October 9, 2020
- Two UConn MCB PSM Alumni FeaturedSamantha Holmes (M.S. Applied Genomics) and Courtney Gunter (M.S. Microbial Systems Analysis), have been published in the PSM Alumni and Graduation Chronicle, 2020 Issue. See their profiles in the 2020 PSM ChroniclePosted on October 7, 2020
- Spencer Nyholm Receives Award as Part of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems InitiativeSpencer Nyholm is part of a team that received a $550,000 award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop new tools to study symbiotic relationships in the Hawaiian bobtail squid. The award is part of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative and is investing $19 million over the next three years to support […]Posted on October 7, 2020
- Two MCB Researchers Receive UConn Funding for Covid 19 Related ResearchJames Cole and Rachel O'Neill among five UConn researchers awarded internal funding to support researchers who are using their expertise to find new solutions to address the Covid-10 pandemic The program will award up to $50,000 to recipients. Dr. James Cole received $43,439, Targeting the Endoribonuclease of Coronaviruses, Co-PIs: Mark Peczuh, Chemistry Dr. Rachel O'Neill was […]Posted on October 2, 2020
- Dr. Benson Retires after 40 Years at UConnDavid R. Benson, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology, retired on June 1 after more than 40 years at UConn. Dr. Benson’s distinguished career includes service as Head of the Molecular and Cell Biology Department from 2007-2012. During that time, he oversaw the expansion of the department personnel, doubled undergraduate course enrollment, built administrative protocols and brought […]Posted on August 31, 2020
MCB Seminar Series: Shawna Reed3:30pm
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Other OnlineMCB Seminar Series
Shawna Reed, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Host: Ken Campellone
"Coxiella and the arms race between host and pathogen…"
The bacterium Coxiella burnetii enters eukaryotic host cells uses at least 130 secreted bacterial proteins to modify the late endosome into an autolysosomal, highly fusogenic compartment, allowing massive bacterial replication while promoting host cell survival and inhibiting innate immune responses to infection. Using an insect larval model for multicellular infection, bacterial effectors which inhibit immune response, promote multicellular infection and modulate Coxiella vacuole formation were identified.
As a scientist, Dr. Reed is passionate about uncovering the molecular interactions between host cells and intracellular bacteria. She has studied Rickettsia and Listeria actin-based intracellular motility at UC Berkeley and Coxiella genetics and host interactions at Yale.
In her laboratory, she looks forward to creating research projects for undergraduates curious about intracellular pathogens, bacterial genetics, interactions with host immune sensing pathways, and how individual bacterial effector proteins might contribute to virulence by hijacking host cell functions.
To learn more about Dr Reed's work, view https://mbio.asm.org/content/7/4/e01127-16.long
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EEB Seminar: Paulo R. Guimarães Jr. (Univ. São Paulo)3:30pm
Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Other onlineThe Structure of Ecological Networks Across Levels of Organization
(email firstname.lastname@example.org for zoom link)
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- Oct 22 MCB PSM Professional Development Seminar5:00pm
MCB Research Seminar: Dostie and Wainman12:20pm
Friday, October 23rd, 2020
12:20 PM - 01:20 PM
Other OnlineMCB Research Seminar
Kristen Dostie, Lynes Lab
“Good protein gone bad: extracellular metallothionein induces immune cell hyperactivation in pro-inflammatory microenvironments”
Lauren Wainman, Core Lab
“The Role of Enhancers in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Predisposition”
Seminar Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/0453116de50844fe86f3edee5f7c6cc4
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- Oct 23 MCB Faculty Meeting3:00pm
NESS 2020: The 19th Annual North Eastern Structure Symposium9:00am
Saturday, October 24th, 2020
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Storrs Campus VirtualThis year's focus will be on the Structural Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions. The latest developments on the frontiers of the field will be covered in lectures by distinguished invited speakers. The symposium will also feature a poster-session for students and post-doctoral fellows. Several posters will be promoted to short talks and prizes will be awarded for the best posters.
Ian Wilson Scripps Research Institute
Gaya Amarasinghe Washington University
Jorge Galan Yale University
Alexei Korennykh Princeton University
Jason McLellan University of Texas
Alexei Savchenko University of Calgary
Sandra Weller UCONN Health
Abstracts for poster and oral presentations will be accepted until October 14, 2020. Enter your abstract during the registration process. You will be notified if your abstract is accepted to be presented at the conference.
Regular Registration: $30.00
Trainee Registration (student/post-doc): $15.00
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5:00PM EST
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- Oct 29 MCB PSM Professional Development Seminar5:00pm
- Oct 30 MCB Research Seminar: Patrick Grady12:20pm
MCB Seminar Series: Dr. Wendy Mok3:30pm
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Other OnlineMCB Seminar Series:
Wendy Mok, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology & Biophysics, UCONN Health
Host: Victoria Robinson
"Bacteria in Sickness: How Persisters Recover from Antibiotic Treatment"
Summary: Depending on their metabolic state, bacteria may not necessarily die during antibiotic treatment. In this talk, I will discuss our work on investigating the environmental signals and molecular events that influence bacterial death and persistence following antimicrobial therapy.
Dr. Mok completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Yingfu Li at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her doctoral thesis focused on bacterial toxin-antitoxin systems. This work sparked her interest in bacterial stress response and persistence, and this led her to complete her postdoctoral training in Dr. Mark Brynildsen’s lab in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. At Princeton,she investigated the metabolic responses of bacterial persisters that enable them to overcome antibiotic treatment and contribute to infection relapse. In 2019,she joined MBB at UCONN Health, where research in her lab focuses on environmental triggers that impact persister formation and survival.
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- Nov 5 MCB PSM Professional Development Seminar5:00pm
Keeping it together: structures, functions, and applications of viral decoration proteins
Broadening Participation in Scientific Conferences during the Era of Social Distancing
Trends in Microbiology
Cycloheximide-Producing Streptomyces Associated With Xyleborinus saxesenii and Xyleborus affinis Fungus-Farming Ambrosia Beetles
Mutant ACVR1 arrests glial cell differentiation to drive tumorigenesis in pediatric gliomas.
Late-onset megaconial myopathy in mice lacking group I Paks
Response to comment on 'Palovarotene reduces heterotopic ossification in juvenile FOP mice but exhibits pronounced skeletal toxicity.”
Adding SNX to the mix: SNX9 drives filopodia biogenesis.
J Cell Biol
Structural and dynamic asymmetry in icosahedrally symmetric virus capsids.
Curr Opin Virol
Editorial overview: Hidden players: microbes reshape the insect niche.
Curr Opin Insect Sci
Markov State Model of Lassa Virus Nucleoprotein Reveals Large Structural Changes during the Trimer to Monomer Transition
WHIMP links the actin nucleation machinery to Src-family kinase signaling during protrusion and motility
Regulation of PKR by Epstein-Barr virus EBER1 RNA
Evolutionary signal in the gut microbiomes of 74 bird species from Equatorial Guinea
Targeted De Novo Centromere Formation in Drosophila Reveals Plasticity and Maintenance Potential of CENP-A Chromatin
Spatial heterogeneity of the shorebird gastrointestinal microbiome
Royal Society Open Science
No evidence for phylosymbiosis in western chipmunk species
FEMS Microbiology Ecology