Recent Department Achievements
- Jianhan Chen received a K-INBRE Bridging Grant for "Modulation of p53 structure and function by cancer-associated mutations," $40,000 (direct); $52,000 (total), 9/1/15 - 4/30/16.
- Michal Zolkiewski received a K-INBRE Bridging Grant for "Molecular chaperones of Ehrlichia chaffeensis,” $52,000, 9/1/15 - 4/30/16.
- Michael Kanost received a grant from NIH for "Proteinase systems in insect hemolymph, Administrative supplement for equipment," 4/1/15 - 3/31/16, $150,000.
- Timothy Durrett received a grant from US Department of Energy, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for “Optimization and production of acetyl-triacylglycerols for use as fuels, lubricants, and specialty chemicals,” $217,531 (sub award of $38,539 to KSU), 2/1/15 - 11/1/15.
- Brian Geisbrecht received a grant from NIH/NIAD for "Inhibition of the Classical & Lectin Complement Pathways by Staphylococcus aureus Eap," $187,500 for 2015.
- Timothy Durrett received a grant from USDA-NIFA for "Targeted engineering of Camelina seed biochemistry to synthesize valuable oleochemical feedstocks," $490,000, 1/15/15 - 1/14/19.
- Erika Geisbrecht has received a grant from National Institutes of Heath (NIH) "Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Signaling in Muscle Maintenance." PI: S. Bouyain; co-PI: Erika Geisbrecht, award: $358,240 (total); $90,000 (KSU per year 8/1/14-7/31/16).
- Jianan Chen has received a grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Theoretical and computational modeling of amyloid aggregation.” PI:Schmit; co-PI: Jianhan Chen, award: $1,425,000 (total); $90,000 (KSU per year 9/1/14 – 8/31/19).
- Tomich, JM., and Sukthanka, PR., submitted a provisional patent "Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticle-Peptide Bilayer Complexes" dated Novermber 5, 2014.
- Tomich, JM., and Fleming SD. have received a US Patent for "b2-Glycoprotein l Peptide Inhibitors." Notice of Allowance dated September 15, 2014.
- Tomich, JM., Iwanoto, T., Hiromasa, Y., and Gudlar, S. have received a US Patent for "Branched Amphipathic Oligo-Peptides that Self-Assemble into Vesicles." Notice of Allowance dated September 3, 2014.
- Michael Kanost was selected as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. (August 2015)
- Jianhan Chen was selected for the review panel, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Proposal Evaluation for Allocation of Supercomputing Time for the Study of Molecular Dynamics (2015). July 2015.
- Jianhan Chen was invited to serve on an NIH P01 panel (BCMB), June 2015.
- Timothy Durrett served on the Genome Canada review panel in Toronto, Canada on May 26-29, 2015.
- John Tomich was inducted as member of National Academy of Inventors. (March 2015)
- Anna Zolkiewska served on an NIH study section panel “Molecular Oncogenesis”, February 19-20, 2015, in Washington DC.
- Jianhan Chen served as a Panelist for NSF CTMC Biomolecular Simulations Panel, on January 16, 2015.
- Vishal Kumar received a K-INBRE postdoctoral fellowship funded through NIGMS for his proposal entitled, “The role of Drosophila Trim32 in progressive muscle wasting.” (May 2015)
Student Awards and Scholarships
- James Houghton (undergraduate, Durrett) received an Undergraduate Research Award from the K-State Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (September).
- Jordan Woehl (graduate, B. Geisbrecht) will be awarded an American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship beginning July 1, 2015 for $26,000/yr. to support the remaining 2 years of his dissertation research. (May 2015)
- Jacob Hodge (BS/MS, Zolkiewska) received a 2015/2016 Summer/Semester Scholar Award from the the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE). His project is entitled: "Paracrine signaling by ADAM12 in breast cancer”.(April 2015)
- Aashima Khosla (graduate, Schrick - biology) was awarded a $1,000 Sarachek Scientific Travel Award to attend the 2015 Plant Metabolic Engineering Gordon Research Conference in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire on July 19-24, 2015.
- Prashant Wani (graduate, Roelofs-biology) received the ASBMB 2015 Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award to attend the ASBMB 2015 Annual Meeting in Boston Massachusetts, March 28th to April 1st 2015.
2015 Graduate Student Summer Stipends Awardees from Johnson Cancer Research Center
- Yue Qi – mentor: Anna Zolkiewska
- Nicole Marie Green – mentor: Erika Giesbrecht
- Susan Whitaker – mentor: John Tomich
- Randi Wise – mentor: Michal Zolkiewski
- Xiaorong Liu – mentor: Jianhan Chen
- Tam Tran – mentor: Timothy Durrett
- Qasim Al Souhail – mentor: Michael Kanost
- Jianhan Chen presented, “Towards reliable atomistic simulation of disordered protein ensembles” at a CECAM Workshop on Intrinsically Disordered Proteins - Bringing together Physics, Computation and Biology in Zurich, Switzerland, Aug 18-21.
- Jianhan Chen presented, “Towards Reliable Atomistic Simulation of Disordered Protein Ensembles”, at a workshop on "Intrinsically Disordered Proteins: Sequence, Structure, Dynamics, and Function" in Telluride, Colorado on July 11-16, 2015.
- Timothy Durrett presented a seminar, “Targeted metabolic engineering of Camelina sativa to synthesize high levels of industrially useful lipids,” at Plant Biology 2015 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN on July 26-30, 2015.
- Michal Zolkiewski gave an oral presentation, “ClpB supports the infectious stage of Ehrlichia chaffeensis,” at the 27th Meeting of the American Society for Rickettsiology, Squaw Valley, California, June 20-23, 2015.
Brian Geisbrecht presented a talk, “Staphylococcus aureus as a Paradigm for Understanding Pathogen Evasion of the Complement System”, at the American Association of Immunology Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 10th, 2015.
- Alvaro Herrera (Tomich) presented his Ph.D. thesis defense, “Evaluaton of NMR Structural studies on a Family of Membrane Active Channel Froming Peptides”, on April 23, 2015.
- Daisuke Takahashi (postdoc, Kanost) presented, “Molecular basis for the initiation of innate immune responses in Manduca sexta” at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan on April 27, 2015.
- Timothy Durrett gave an oral presentation, “Using Sequence Diversity to Explore MBOAT Substrate Specificity and Increase Production of Low Viscosity Oil,” at the BMB Departmental Seminar on March 4, 2015.
Research and Exhibitions
- Sunil Bansal, Jinjie Liu, Jillian Silva, Ed Cahoon, Mike Pollard, John Ohlrogge and Timothy Durrett. Targeted Metabolic Engineering of Camelina Sativa to Synthesize High Levels of Industrially Useful Lipids. Plant Biology 2015, Minneapolis, MN July 26-30, 2015. (POSTER)
- Avila*, L.A., Aps, L., Ferreira, L.C. and Tomich, J.M. Branched amphiphilic cationic oligo-peptides for delivery of HPV-16 DNA vaccines. Gordon Research Conference Cancer Nanotechnology: Nanomedicines from Laboratory to Clinical Reality, West Dover, VT June 28-July 3, 2015 (POSTER).
- Souhail, Q., Hiromasa, Y., Rahnamaeian, M., Vilcinskas, A., and Kanost, M.R. (2015) Characterization and regulation of expression of an antifungal peptide from hemolymph of an insect, Manduca sexta. Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS June 17-19, 2015 (POSTER).
- Takahashi, D. and Kanost, M.R. (2015) Interactions between Manduca sexta ß-1,3-glucan recognition protein and hemolymph protease-14 initiate prophenoloxidase activation pathway. Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS June 17-19, 2015 (POSTER).
- He, Y., Cao, X., Li, K., Hu, Y., Chen, Y., Blissard, G.W., Kanost, M.R., Jiang, H. (2015) A genome-wide analysis of antimicrobial effector genes and their transcription patterns in Manduca sexta. Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS June 17-19, 2015 (POSTER).
- He, X., Zhang, X., He, Y., Cao, X., Gunaratna, R.T., Chen, Y., Blissard, G.W., Kanost, M.R., Jiang, H. (2015) Phylogenetic analysis and expression profiling of the pattern recognition receptors: insights into molecular recognition of invading pathogens in Manduca sexta. Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS June 17-19, 2015).
- Jiang, H., Cao, X., He, Y., Hu, Y., Zhang, X., Wang, Y., Zou, Z., Chen, Y., Blissard, G.W., Kanost, M.R. (2015) Sequence conservation, phylogenetic relationships, and expression profiles of nondigestive serine proteases and serine protease homologs in Manduca sexta. Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS June 17-19, 2015 (POSTER).
- Hu, Y., Rao, X, Cao, X., He, Y., Zhang, X., Chen, Y., Blissard, G.W., Kanost, M.R., Yu, X., Jiang, H. (2015) Structural features, evolutionary relationships, and transcriptional regulation of C-type lectin-domain proteins in Manduca sexta. Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS June 17-19, 2015 (POSTER).
- Timothy Durrett presented a poster, “Targeted metabolic engineering of Camelina sativa to synthesize high levels of industrially useful lipids”, at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center annual meeting in South Bend, Indiana on May 19-21, 2015.
- Jordan Woehl (graduate, Geisbrecht, B.) presented a poster, “The Extracellular Adherence Protein from Staphylococcus aureus Inhibits the Classical and Lectin Pathways of Complement by Blocking Formation of the C3 Proconvertase,” at Immunology 2015 sponsored by the American Association of Immunologists in New Orleans, LA on May 8-12, 2015.
- Cheryl Clark (research assistant, E. Geisbrecht) presented a poster, “F-box proteins in Drosophila muscle,” at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Chicago, IL, March 4-8, 2015.
- Nicole Green (graduate, E. Geisbrecht) presented a research poster, “A novel role for secreted hemolymph proteins in Drosophila muscle attachment,” at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Chicago, IL, March 4-8, 2015.
- Nicole Green [co-author] (graduate, E. Geisbrecht) presented a poster on educational initiative, “Evidence-Based Inquiry into the Remote: Using Drosophila's Phenoloxidase to Open the Door to Research-Based Experiences in a High School Classroom,” at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Chicago, IL, March 4-8, 2015.
- Mark Boatwright (graduate, Tomich) gave two oral presentations, “Triple Quadrupole Tandem Mass Spectrometric Determination of Desirable Glycolipid Population in Bread Quality Hard Wheat Breeding Nurseries” and “Near Infrared Chemical Imaging as a Tool for Analyzing the Purity of Flour Milling Streams,” at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in New Orleans, LA, March 8-12, 2015.