A new way to explore Grad Schools: Virtual Grad School Fair

I remember how stressful it was when I wanted to apply to grad school back in 2008.  Many schools had convoluted web pages with the info for their PhD programs, and it was tricky to figure out who I could contact with questions, or even to find enough info to generate questions to ask!  There were so many programs, so many options.  It’s not common for grad schools to come and visit undergraduate campuses, like a career fair, so you rarely get the opportunity to speak with someone face-to-face; the best you can hope for is an email or a phone call, if you do eventually find someone to contact.

This year, BCMB is trying to make our admissions process more accessible by participating in the Virtual Grad Student Fair for the Biomedical Sciences.  Prospective students can sign up for the fair, and will have a forum to get their questions answered by our program staff.  Sign up today to participate!

 

-Diedre Ribbens

Publication Spotlight: May 2013

Publication spotlight is a series designed to showcase noteworthy BCMB publications from students and faculty. Articles we showcase are newly indexed in PubMed. If you have a recent publication that you are proud of tell us about it.

May

Baile MG, Whited K, Claypool SM. Deacylation on the Matrix Side of the Mitochondrial Inner Membrane Regulates Cardiolipin Remodeling. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 May 1. PMID: 23637464.

Zhang F, Bhat S, Gabelli SB, Chen X, Miller MS, Nacev BA, Cheng YL, Meyers DJ, Tenney K, Shim JS, Crews P, Amzel LM, Ma D, Liu JO. Pyridinylquinazolines Selectively Inhibit Human Methionine Aminopeptidase-1 in Cells. J Med Chem. 2013 May 1. PMID: 23634668.

April

Stine RR, Matunis EL. Stem cell competition: finding balance in the niche. Trends Cell Biol. 2013 Apr 15. PMID: 23597843.

Newman RH, Hu J, Rho HS, Xie Z, Woodard C, Neiswinger J, Cooper C, Shirley M, Clark HM, Hu S, Hwang W, Seop Jeong J, Wu G, Lin J, Gao X, Ni Q, Goel R, Xia S, Ji H, Dalby KN, Birnbaum MJ, Cole PA, Knapp S, Ryazanov AG, Zack DJ, Blackshaw S, Pawson T, Gingras AC, Desiderio S, Pandey A, Turk BE, Zhang J, Zhu H, Qian J. Construction of human activity-based phosphorylation networks. Mol Syst Biol. 2013 Apr 2. PMID: 23549483.

March

Huang Q, Purzycka KJ, Lusvarghi S, Li D, Legrice SF, Boeke JD. Retrotransposon Ty1 RNA contains a 5′-terminal long-range pseudoknot required for efficient reverse transcription. RNA. 2013 Mar. PMID: 23329695.

Shilagardi K, Li S, Luo F, Marikar F, Duan R, Jin P, Kim JH, Murnen K, Chen EH. Actin-Propelled Invasive Membrane Protrusions Promote Fusogenic Protein Engagement During Cell-Cell Fusion. Science. 2013 Mar 7. PMID: 23470732.

February

Han L, Ma C, Liu Q, Weng HJ, Cui Y, Tang Z, Kim Y, Nie H, Qu L, Patel KN, Li Z, McNeil B, He S, Guan Y, Xiao B, Lamotte RH, Dong X. A subpopulation of nociceptors specifically linked to itch. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Feb 16. PMID: 23263443.

If you have a publication you would like featured in this month’s Spotlight, please let us know.

Publication Spotlight: April 2013

Publication spotlight is a series designed to showcase noteworthy BCMB publications from students and faculty. Articles we showcase are newly indexed in PubMed. If you have a recent publication that you are proud of, tell us about it.

April

Newman RH, Hu J, Rho HS, Xie Z, Woodard C, Neiswinger J, Cooper C, Shirley M,
Clark HM, Hu S, Hwang W, Seop Jeong J, Wu G, Lin J, Gao X, Ni Q, Goel R, Xia S,
Ji H, Dalby KN, Birnbaum MJ, Cole PA, Knapp S, Ryazanov AG, Zack DJ, Blackshaw S,
Pawson T, Gingras AC, Desiderio S, Pandey A, Turk BE, Zhang J, Zhu H, Qian J.
Construction of human activity-based phosphorylation networks. Mol Syst Biol.
2013 Apr 2. PubMed PMID: 23549483.

March

Shilagardi K, Li S, Luo F, Marikar F, Duan R, Jin P, Kim JH, Murnen K, Chen
EH. Actin-Propelled Invasive Membrane Protrusions Promote Fusogenic Protein Engagement During Cell-Cell Fusion. Science. 2013 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 23470732.

February

Han L, Ma C, Liu Q, Weng HJ, Cui Y, Tang Z, Kim Y, Nie H, Qu L, Patel KN, Li
Z, McNeil B, He S, Guan Y, Xiao B, Lamotte RH, Dong X. A subpopulation of
nociceptors specifically linked to itch. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 23263443.

January

Chan W, Schaffer TB, Pomerantz JL. A quantitative signaling screen identifies CARD11 mutations in the CARD and LATCH domains that induce Bcl10 ubiquitination and human lymphoma cell survival. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Jan;33(2):429-43. PMID: 23149938.

October (2012)

West-Foyle H, Robinson DN. Cytokinesis mechanics and mechanosensing.
Cytoskeleton (Hoboken). 2012 Oct.  PubMed PMID: 22761196.

If you have a publication you would like featured in this month’s Spotlight, please let us know.

BCMB News is Updating our Publishing Format!

We at BCMB News appreciate that you, our readers, like the science- and BCMB-related content we generate for our website.

Updating!

Many of you are graduate students or faculty in the program, so you can understand how much work publishing a monthly issue requires outside of our everyday duties in the lab.  At a recent meeting, the writers and editors for BCMB News voted to change our publishing format to allow for more flexibility.  This means that instead of publishing one issue per month, we’ll be peppering the site with articles throughout the year, similar to the way that a blog operates.

What does this mean for you?  Unfortunately, features like “Question of the Month” will be discontinued, but on the positive side, we hope to deliver content in a more timely fashion and write bigger, better stories.  Additionally, we hope that this flexible publishing platform encourages more of you to try your hand at writing for BCMB News!

As always, if you’re interested in writing for BCMB News, drop us a line at bcmbnews.editor@gmail.com.  Becoming a contributor is easy:  we set up an account for you, right here on the website, and you can write a draft of your story that will then be seen by an editor.  The editor will approve your story and click “publish” to post it to the site – it’s really that simple!

Thanks so much for reading, and feel free to post any questions or comments about the new format in the “Comments” section below.

March Issue

Article Title                                                                                   Author

BCMB Friday Seminar:  Gerald Hart                                        Diedre Ribbens

Taverna Lab Spotlight                                                                Diedre Ribbens

Recent Job Postings                                                                  Diedre Ribbens

Publication Spotlight                                                                      Matt Shirley

Recent Job Postings

Associate Director, in vivo Pharmacology – Seattle Genetics

Job Description

Seattle Genetics is seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist to head the in vivo pharmacology group. The successful candidate will play an essential role in expanding our product pipeline, technology advancement, and understanding the mechanisms and immunological functions of our drugs. He/she will be a key player to maintain Seattle Genetics’ leadership in the field of antibody drug conjugates (ADC).

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Gerald Hart BCMB Friday Seminar

On Friday, February 15th, The BCMB Friday Seminar series hosted another faculty member of BCMB.  This month, Gerald Hart of the Department of Biological Chemistry gave a talk entitled, “Linking nutrients to signaling and transcription:  Roles of O-GlcNAcylation in diabetes, neurodegeneration, and cancer.”

Hart was introduced by a student in the Biological Chemistry department, Teresa Romeo-Luperchio.  Luperchio gave a great run-down of Hart’s history as a scientist, including the fact that he used to have a lab in his bedroom when he was a child, complete with a Bunsen burner!  Hart also founded the journal “Glycobiology.”

BCMB Student Teresa Romeo-Luperchio, from the Department of Biological Chemistry, introduces Gerald Hart.

BCMB Student Teresa Romeo-Luperchio, from the Department of Biological Chemistry, introduces Gerald Hart.

Hart began his talk by thanking BCMB program director Carolyn Machamer for organizing the seminar series, and for the opportunity to find out what his colleagues were doing.

Hart stated that the discovery of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine, better known as O-GlcNAc, occurred almost thirty years ago.  Scientists thought that glycans were added in the lumen of the ER and Golgi, and were mostly on protein domains destined for outside of the cell.  However, with the discovery of O-GlcNAc, they realized that glycosylation was occurring in the cytoplasm and nucleus as well.  There have been approximately 1700 publications about O-GlcNAc and related processes since the 1980s.

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