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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.
  • Gregory Finnigan received the Innovative Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center in the amount of $5000 (October 2016).
  • 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.

Student Awards and Scholarships

  • Emily Turnquist (undergrad, Finnigan) and Kayla Shore and Di Wu (undergrads, Misra) received Johnson Cancer Center Research Awards for the Spring 2017 semester (October 2016).
  • 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).


  • Anna Zolkiewska presented a seminar in the Anatomy and Physiology Department, College of Veterinary Medicine, KSU, on October 31, 2016, entitled: Cell Surface Metalloproteases as Biomarkers and Regulators in Breast Tumor Initiating Cells.
  • 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.

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."