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*SPECIAL EVENT* Snapshot Presentations by the External Advisory Committee for the NIH T32 in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences

Anita Corbett, PhD (Emory University); Kimberly Mowry, PhD (Brown University); Karin Musier-Forsyth, PhD (The Ohio State University) - Emory University, Brown University, and The Ohio State University

 Dec 16, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Drs. Lynne Maquat, PhD (PI), and Jeffrey Hayes, PhD (Co-PI) NIH T32 in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences

“RNA regulates glycolysis and embryonic stem cell differentiation via Enolase 1” & "Co-transcriptional RNP complex assembly in real-time: How transient protein-RNA interactions guide nascent ribosom..

Ina Huppertz, PhD & Olivier Duss, PhD - European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

 Dec 16, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Matthias Hentze, MD

“The Emerging Importance of Alternative Polyadenylation and the Integrator Complex in Human Cancers”

Eric Wagner, PhD - Professor and Vice-Chair of Education, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

 Dec 11, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.

Zoom Link (email Liz Leverenz for password)

Host: Drs. Hucky Land and Lynne Maquat

DBB Seminar: "Anatomy of the Long Noncoding RNA"

Mauro Calabrese, Ph.D. - Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

 Dec 09, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Mitchell O’Connell (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Similarities and differences in tRNA quality control decay pathways in evolutionarily distant yeast species

Thareendra De Zoysa - PhD Candidate

 Dec 08, 2020 @ 2:30 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Eric Phizicky, PhD (Advisor)

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar: "What Drives You?"

Makaía Papasergi-Scott, PhD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Georgios Skiniotis, Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

 Nov 19, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

DBB Seminar: "Structure of the RNase MRP Holoenzyme: More Diversity in the RNase P Family"

Andrey S. Krasilnikov, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for RNA Biology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

 Nov 18, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Joseph Wedekind (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Probing genome-wide native chromatin structure via histone surface accessibilities

Luke Marr - PhD Candidate

 Nov 13, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Jeffrey Hayes

Special Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: From Graduate School to Industry: My Journey As A Minority Woman in STEM

Dr. Malika Grayson - Engineer, Speaker, Author

 Nov 09, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Ferralita Madere

“Targeting U2AF: A vulnerable rheostat of pre-mRNA splicing” & “Tumors taking the short cut: CDK12 and CDK13 in early transcription termination and nuclear RNA surveillance”

Clara Kielkopf, PhD, & Paul Boutz, PhD - URMC, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

 Nov 04, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dave Mathews, MD, PhD (sponsored by the RNA Society)

"piRNA plasticity in chicken"

Xin Li, PhD - Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, URMC

 Oct 30, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: The Path to Entrepreneurship with a Long Stop for the Development of RNAi Therapies

Rachel Meyers, PhD - Entrepreneur in Residence, Third Rock Ventures, Boston, MA

 Oct 15, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Co-Transcriptional Splicing through the DBIRD Complex and PRMT5 Further Diversifies Cell Heterogeneous Populations

Martin Walsh, Ph.D. - Director, The Mount Sinai Center for RNA Biology and Medicine; Co-Director, MoTrPAC NIH Common Fund Chemical Analysis Site for Genomics, Epigenomics and Transcriptomics; Tisch Cancer Institute/ Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute; Professor, Departments of Pharmacological Sciences, Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

 Oct 07, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-307 (3-6408)

Zoom

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: Pursuing a Meaningful Career in Educational Research as a Trained Basic Scientist

Elaine M. Smolock, PhD - Director of Writing Services and Training Grant Development, Center for Professional Development, Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs; PREP Co-Director, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

 Sep 17, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

"Image-based spatial genomics and transcriptomics" & "RNA decay deficits cause neurodegeneration in ALS/FTD"

Siyuan Wang, Ph.D. & Junjie Guo, Ph.D. - Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

 Aug 26, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

YouTube Channel

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: RNA Molecular Interactions Studied Through Simulation and Experiment

Louis Smith - PhD Candidate

 Aug 11, 2020 @ 12:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: David Mathews, Ph.D. - Advisor

High Throughput Biochemical Approaches for Exploring the Lung in Health and Disease

Charles Ansong, Ph.D. - Biological Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

 Aug 05, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

"Programmable RNA-targeting by CRISPR-Cas enzymes" & "Coupled protein synthesis and ribosome-guided piRNA processing on mRNAs"

Mitch O'Connell, Ph.D.; Xin Li, Ph.D. - University of Rochester, Center for RNA Biology

 Jul 15, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar registration

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Awards Ceremony

Jeff Hayes & The Biochemistry and Biophysics Dept

 May 15, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Biological factors and genetic programs that drive differentiation and maintenance of CD49a+ CD8+ Tissue Resident Memory cells

Ashwin Kumar - PhD Candidate

 May 05, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Structure and specificity of cyclic peptides in complex with HIV TAR provides insight into inhibitor development

Rachel Bonn-Breach - PhD Candidate

 May 05, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: J. Wedekind

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Identifying common features of piRNA precursors using computational and biophysical approaches

Abhinav Mittal - PhD Candidate

 Apr 28, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: X. Li

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Evaluating the Potential of Tumor Suppressor p53 to Preserve Pancreatic Acinar Cell Identity

Jennifer Twardowski - PhD Candidate

 Apr 28, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: S. Mello

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics 2020 Special Seminar: CryoEM as a modern method for structural biology

Qiu-Xing Jiang, Ph.D. - Director of Cryo-Electron Microscopy Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

 Apr 27, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.

Zoom Invitation

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Structure and effector-binding analysis of a PreQ1-III riboswitch suggests a fold that is tolerant to binding pocket mutations

Yoshita Srivastava - PhD Candidate

 Apr 21, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: J. Wedekind

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Distinguishing the roles of TatSF1 and U2AF65 paralogues in HIV vs. host gene expression

Justin Galardi - PhD Candidate

 Apr 21, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: C. Kielkopf

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Tracking ultrafast protein dynamics of rhodopsin on photon activation

Ashlin Poruthoor - PhD Candidate

 Apr 14, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: A. Grossfield

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Antigen and whole virus arrays for high throughput assessment of the human immune response to influenza

Gabrielle Kosoy - PhD Candidate

 Apr 14, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: B. Miller

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: Developing methods of targeting programmed ribosomal frameshifting in HIV and SARS-CoV-1

Elinore Loch - PhD Candidate

 Apr 07, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: B. Miller

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD Defense Seminar: Executable models of signaling pathways and application to HIV

Rohith Palli - PhD Candidate

 Apr 02, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Juilee Thakar, Ph.D. - Advisor

Structural Analysis of a Riboswitch Reveals Long-Range Interaction Spine Bridging Distant Domains

Griffin Schroeder - PhD Candidate

 Mar 31, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: J. Wedekind

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: The Role of Csx28 in CRISPR-Cas13b Anti-Phage Defense

Arica VanderWal - PhD Candidate

 Mar 24, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: M. O'Connell, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Student Seminar Series: The role of DDX3X in regulating cardiac upstream open reading frames

Omar Hedaya - PhD Candidate

 Mar 24, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: Advisor: P. Yao, PhD

Integrative Analysis of RNA Binding Protein Targets and Function

Markus Hafner, Ph.D. - Senior Investigator, RNA Molecular Biology Group, NIAMS/NIH Intramural Research Program, Bethesda, MD

 Mar 04, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-307, Rm 3-6408

Host: Dr. Mitch O’Connell (co-sponsored by RNA Society & Lexogen)

Ribosomes in Motion: The Role of Dynamics in the Mechanism and Regulation of Translation

Ruben Gonzalez, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, NY

 Feb 26, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Medical Center | 3-6408 (K-307)

Host: Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko (co-sponsored by Protein Synthesis Cluster, RNA Society & Lexogen)

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: Surviving and Thriving as a Graduate Student

Brigid Cahill, Ph.D. - Director, University Counseling Center, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 Feb 20, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph Lower Aud 1-7619

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Understanding the Roles of Antioxidants in Cancer

Isaac Harris, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 Jan 29, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-307, Room 3-6408

Host: Dr. Josh Munger

Biological Architecture: From Protective Biocrystals to 3D-printed Bacteria

Anne Meyer, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 Jan 22, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Host: Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: Fear, Failure, and Change

Siobhan Julian, Ph.D. - AP Chemistry and Regents Chemistry, Webster Schroeder High School, New York State Master Teacher - Finger Lakes, New York State POGIL Mentor, Webster, NY

 Jan 16, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

Host: Dr. Jeff Hayes