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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7278 fax

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall

Recent Department Achievements

Faculty Achievements

  • Michal Zolkiewski received a grant from NIH: "High-throughput assays for inhibitors of the Hsp100 molecular chaperone" ($387,500). (August 2016)
  • Michael Kanost's NIH grant was renewed for years 27-31: Proteinase systems in insect hemolymph. NIH GM041247, 4/1/16 - 3/31/21, $1,875,000.
  • Lawrence Davis is part of an international consortium that received a $300,000 grant from NATO for a project entitled “New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites.”
  • Saurav Misra received a core utilization grant from the University of Kansas COBRE-PSF for "Interaction mapping to understand how Bag2 protects oncogenic p53 mutants" ($2,700).
  • Jianhan Chen’s lab received a grant from NIH: 1/01/16 – 12/31/20, NIH R01 GM114300-01A1 (PI: Chen), “Multi-scale enhanced sampling of disordered proteins” $1,443,750 (total cost) (Co-Is: Michal Zolkiewski and Om Prakash)
  • John Tomich received a grant from SmartVet Holdings in Olathe, KS for “Surface absorption of BAPCs in Porcine Model.” (December 2015)
  • Maureen Gorman received a University Small Research Grant for "Pilot studies of iron uptake mechanisms in insects," $2,147, November 2015.
  • David Wetzel (GBG Professor) and Mark Boatwright (grad) were featured on the cover of Milling Journal for their research in measuring endosperm purity in flour streams through NIR quantitative chemical imaging (August 2016).
  • Mike Kanost led an international team of researchers that sequenced Manduca sexta genome. "Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta" was published in the Journal of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (August 2016).
  • Saurav Misra was awarded an Innovative Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Center (March 2016).
  • John Tomich was a finalist for the U.S. State Department Jefferson Fellowship (December 2015).
  • Michael Kanost received the John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology, Purdue University (November 2015).
  • Michael Kanost was named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America at an awards ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the society in Minneapolis, 11/15/15.
  • Anna Zolkiewska was invited to serve as a permanent member of an NIH study section (Molecular Oncogenesis) for the 2016-2022 term (Sept 2015).
  • Lawrence Davis served with Larry Erickson as the program committee for the 12th International Conference of the International Phytotechnologies Society in Manhattan, KS, Sept 27-30. More than 200 people, representing over 25 countries were in attendance. About 80 posters and more than 150 oral presentations were made. 
  • Tim Durrett chaired the session on "Genetic Modification Studies" at the 12th International Phyotechnologies Conference (Sept 27-30, Manhattan, KS).
  • Anna Zolkiewska became a member of the Faculty Senate for the 2015-2018 term (Sept 2015).

Student Awards and Scholarships

  • Kayla Shore and Hannah Zimmer (undergrads) received research awards from the College of Arts and Sciences to work in Saurav Misra's lab this semester (September 2016).
  • Samuel Broll (undergrad) was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society (May 2016).
  • Samuel Broll (undergrad) received two scholarships through the K-State Office of International Programs to study abroad in Costa Rica (May 2016).
  • Adam Schieferecke (undergrad) was awarded the 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (April 2016).
  • Alyssa Belford (undergrad) received an Undergraduate Research Award from the K-State Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry to work with Saurav Misra this summer (March 2016).
  • Rachel Proteau (undergrad) received the Big 12 Conference's highest academic honor for student athletes, the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award (March 2016).
  • Jordan Strickler (undergrad) was selected as a member of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at K-State (March 2016).
  • Bailey Porter (undergrad) was selected as a member of Chimes, K-State's junior honorary (March 2016).
  • Ann McLean and Sarah Plum (undergrads) were selected as members of Silver Key, K-State's sophomore leadership honorary (March 2016).


  • Lynn G. Schrag (grad, Prakash) gave an invited talk and presented a poster entitled "NMR Structural Studies of Stress Responsive Peptide-2 from the Insect Manduca sexta" at the 2016 Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR held in Lawrence, KS, Sept. 16-17, 2016.
  • Om Prakash presented "NMR Structural Studies of the Extracellular Adherence Protein Domain 4" by Jordan L. Woehl (grad, B. Geisbrecht), Daisuke Takahashi (Kanost), Alvaro I. Herrera (Prakash), Brian V. Geisbrecht, and Om Prakash at the 27th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological System, Kyoto, Japan, Aug. 21-26, 2016.
  • Timothy Durrett gave a seminar at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology (April 17-20, San Diego) entitled, "Targeted metabolic engineering of Camelina sativa to synthesize high levels of acetyl-TAG oils with reduced viscosity and crystallization temperature."
  • Jose Aznar-Moreno (postdoc, Durrett) gave a seminar at the American Society for Plant Biologists’ southern section meeting (April 2-4, Denton, TX) entitled, "Using genome editing to alter oil production in Camelina sativa."
  • Jianhan Chen gave an invited talk at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, "Multi-scale modeling of IDP structure and interaction."
  • Tim Durrett gave a seminar for the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology at Iowa State University on March 24 entitled "Exploring MBOAT Substrate Specificity to Increase Production of Low Viscosity Oil."

Research and Exhibitions

  • Nicole Green (grad, E. Geisbrecht) presented two posters at The Allied Genetics Conference (July 12-17, Orlando, FL) entitled "Drosophila Fondue is a critical extracellular matrix organizer during muscle attachment and coagulation" and "'Moving' AP Biology forward: Using Drosophila-optimized wrMTrck to examine muscle mutants."
  • Saurav Misra presented a poster entitled “Structure-Function Analysis of the N-terminal Inhibitory Domain of the Cochaperone Bag2” at the 2016 Meeting on Protein Homeostasis in Health and Disease, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, Apr. 18-22, 2016.