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Kanost Lab

Kanost Lab
Kansas State University
Dept. of Biochem. & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS  66506
U.S.A.

785-532-6922
785-532-7278 fax
kanost@ksu.edu

Highlights

reviewing poster

Click here to view the Kanost Faculty Research Video on YouTube

Mike award lecture

Michael Kanost delivers the Commerce Bank & W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award Lecture entitled "Biochemistry of Blue Blood and Boneless Beetles".  March 5, 2020

Lisa with insects

Lisa Brummett teaches an insect unit to three classrooms of 2nd graders at Riley County Grade School.  January 7, 2020

 Layah1    Layah group photo

Left photo: Layah Johnson-Talbert presents her research poster "Treating Drosophila melanogaster cells with Cytochalasin D".

Right photo: Layah (at right) with her mentor Michelle Coca (left) and Maureen Gorman (middle).

Research For All Undergraduate Research Symposium, December 10, 2019

 

Miao Li

Miao Li
PhD Defense Seminar
"Study of serpins and antifungal peptides in Manduca sexta"
October 4, 2019
Kansas State University
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

day campers

Day Campers from the Wonder Workshop Children's Museum visit the Kanost Lab to learn about insect research.  May 30, 2019

Michelle DSP2019

Michelle Coca presents the poster "Pilot Studies of Two Possible Iron Uptake Mechanisms in Insect Cells".
Developing Scholars annual symposium.
April 14, 2019

Diana DSP2019

Diana Najera presents the poster "Characterization of a Membrane-Bound Insect Transferrin".
Developing Scholars annual symposium
April 14, 2019

 KierraKierra Holloman presents the poster "Investigating RNA Interference in Manduca sexta using Branched Amphiphilic Protein Capsules (BAPCs)".
Developing Scholars annual symposium
April 14, 2019
Michelle JCC award

Michelle Coca (right), with her mentor, Maureen Gorman
Johnson Cancer Center annual banquet
April 12, 2019

award winners

Michelle Coca (pictured in the third row, second from the left) received a 2018-19 Cancer Research Award from the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University.  Michelle is mentored by Maureen Gorman.

 Jake poster asbmb2019

Jake Weber presents the poster "Biochemical Characterization of Two Insect Serum Transferrins" at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting April 6-9, 2019.

 Miao poster asbmb Miao Li presents the poster "Investigation of an anti-fungal peptide, Diapausin, from Manduca sexta" at the ASBMB meeting, April 6-9, 2019.
 Michelle poster asbmbMichelle Coca presents the poster "Pilot Studies of the Two Possible Iron Uptake Mechanisms in Insect Cells" at the ASBMB meeting, April 6-9, 2019.
Diana with posterDiana Najera presents the poster "Characterization of a Membrane-Bound Insect Transferrin" at the ASBMB meeting, April 6-9, 2019
 group at ASBMB 2019 Group shot at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting, left to right: Diana Najara, Michelle Coca, Maureen Gorman, Miao Li.
Miao with two awards

Miao Li earns two awards for excellence!

Excellence in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Graduate Teaching Award (2017-2018)

and

Excellence in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Graduate Research Award (2018)

Congratulations Miao!

Lisa with flies     Lisa with Manduca

Lisa Brummett teaches insect unit to 2nd graders, and shows them different stages of fruit flies, flour beetles and tobacco hornworms.  Riley County Grade School, November 14, 2018

Lisa HP     WW HP group

Lisa Brummett makes hydroponic lettuce gardens with kids at Wonder Workshop Children's Museum "Think Big" day camp.  August 2018

Diana with certificate     diana and maureen

Diana Najera pictured with her Bridges to the Future Award and with her mentor, Maureen Gorman.  July 2018

Diana and Maureen at lab bench

Diana Najera discusses experiments with mentor, Maureen Gorman
Summer 2018

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GROW participants do melanization experiments during the GROW Summer Workshop.  June 7, 2018

Neal with magnifying glass   Neal blackboard

Neal Dittmer helps students explore insect cuticle with magnifying glass and explains melanization experiments.

GROW (Girls Researching Our World) Summer Workshop, June 7, 2018

 Maureen blackboard   Maureen GROW lab

Maureen Gorman helps budding scientists compare the results to their hypotheses.

GROW (Girls Researching Our World) Summer Workshop, June 7, 2018

Lisa GROW

 

 

Lisa Brummett and two students show off the larval, pupal and adult stages of Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm).

GROW (Girls Researching Our World) Summer Workshop, June 7, 2018

girls with insects1  girl with insect2  girls with insects3

GROW students get to hold and touch live insects.  Pictured here are Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm) moths and caterpillars.

GROW Summer Workshop, June 7, 2018

WW insects

Wonder Workshop Children's Museum "Think Big" day campers visit the Kanost Lab to learn about insects. 

Kanost Lab members pictured (from left to right): Michelle Coca Mora, Maureen Gorman, Miao Li, Lisa Brummett.

June 6, 2018

group at conference

Emily Ragan (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Maureen Gorman (Kanost Lab) and Jake Weber (Kanost Lab) discuss a poster at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting.

San Diego, CA
April 2018

Jake VR

Jake Weber uses virtual reality to explore protein structure at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting.

San Diego, CA. 
April 2018

Jake in front of poster

Jake Weber presents poster "A Biochemical and Structural Look into the Functional Role of Transferrin in D. melanogaster" at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting.

San Diego, CA
April 2018

Miao explains poster

Miao Li answers questions about her poster "Identification and Characterization of serpin genes in Manduca sexta" at the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASMBM) meeting.

San Diego, CA
April 2018

Maureen Emily at poster

Maureen Gorman (Kanost Lab) with collaborators from Metropolitan State University of Denver: Emily Ragan, Alma Ochoa and Hussein Al-Ogaidi.

American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology meeting
San Diego, CA
April 2018

Michelle 2     Michelle poster

Michelle Coca Mora explains her research during poster session.

Michelle was awarded a James R. Coffman Award of Excellence in Research Honorable Mention.

Developing Scholars Program, 18th Annual Research Poster Symposium, April 15, 2018

 alex poster2     alex with poster

Alex Garcia discusses his project and poses next to his poster.  Alex received an award for having a 4.0 GPA (again!)

Developing Scholars Program, 18th Annual Research Poster Symposium, April 15, 2018

alex and neal

Alex Garcia and his mentor, Neal Dittmer

Developing Scholars Program
18 Annual Research Poster Symposium
April 15, 2018

 lunch at ihopLab lunch with visiting scientist, Hiroko Tabunoki (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)
March 2018

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Maureen Gorman engages students in STEM activities during "STEM Games", part of the Riley County 4-H Showcase.  February 17, 2018

Diana and poster

Diana Najera presents her poster "The Role of Endocytosis in Iron Uptake by Insect Cells" at the LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM poster session.
July 26, 2017
Kansas State University, Manhattan Campus

 WesternBlotMaureen Gorman demonstrates lab techniques to summer undergraduate researchers.  See additional photos of the undergraduate researchers in action below.
June 2017

 Leslie at microscope     Leslie loads gel

Leslie Lesuer gains research experience with Drosophila melanogaster, in addition to caring for our Manduca colony.  Leslie is pictured preparing fruit flies for an experiment (left) and running samples on a gel (right).  Summer 2017

 Diana at microscope     Diana in lab

Diana Najera gets summer research experience as part of the LSAMP program.  Diana is counting cultured insect cells under the microscope (left) and loading samples on a gel (right).  Summer 2017

 Michelle in lab     Michelle loading gel

Michelle Coca Mora joins the lab for undergraduate research experience as part of the Kansas Bridges to the Future program.  Michelle is transferring to K-State and will continue her work this fall.  Michelle is preparing to run an experiment (left) and loading a gel (right).  Summer 2017

 Maureen1   Maureen2   Maureen3

Maureen Gorman helps a young scientist set up experiments, answers questions, and helps interpret results.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer Workshop, June 8, 2017, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

 Neal1  Neal2  Neal3

Neal Dittmer delivers a lecture about melanization, displays live caterpillars, and assists with experiments.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer Workshop, June 8, 2017, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

 grow4  GROW3  GROW1

Middle school students doing melanization experiments, recording results, and asking questions.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer Workshop, June 8, 2017, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

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Examining flour beetles and tobacco hornworms.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer Workshop, June 8, 2017, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus
 Wonder WorkshopLisa Brummett gives insectary tour to kids from Wonder Workshop day camp.
June 7, 2017
alexcancer2017Alex Garcia (left)
K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center
Undergraduate Cancer Research Awards Banquet
April 21, 2017

Alex with poster

Alex Garcia
Developing Scholars Program
17th Annual Research Poster Symposium
April 9, 2017
poster presentation:
"Identification of an Insect Cuticle Degrading Protease"

Alex with award     Alex Mike

Alex Garcia with his Academic Excellence Award (left) and with his mentor, Mike Kanost (right).
Developing Scholars Program, 17th Annual Research Poster Symposium, April 9, 2017

Maureen stemMaureen Gorman explains concepts and encourages participation at "STEM Games", part of Riley County 4-H Club Day.  February 25, 2017
 KINBRE BindiyaBindiya Sachdev (right) judges poster presentations.
Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence
January 14, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, KS

 mike at grow  mike at grow

Mike Kanost assists young scientists with melanization experiments.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer 2016 Workshop, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

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Neal Dittmer explains experiments and shows insects to interested participants.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer 2016 Workshop (June 8-10, 2016), Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

 maureen0994  maureen1

Maureen Gorman answers questions and assists young scientists with experiments.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer 2016 Workshop, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

 experiment0907  expt1004  results

Middle School girls make a hypothesis, perform experiments and record results.
Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Summer 2016 Workshop, Kansas State University, Manhattan campus

Alex at poster

Alex Garcia
Developing Scholars Program
16th Annual Research Poster Symposium
April 11, 2016
poster presentation:
"Insect Cuticle Synthesis and Sclerotization of CP30, CPR27 and Lac2A in Tribolium castaneum"

Alex and Neat at poster

Alex Garcia (left) with mentor, Neal Dittmer (right)
Developing Scholars Program
16th Annual Research Poster Symposium
April 11, 2016
at the K-State Union

Qasim defense presentation

Qasim Al Souhail
PhD Defense
at Kansas State University
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
April 11, 2016
"Characterization of an anti-fungal peptide from hemolymph of an insect, Manduca sexta"

Mike introduces Qasim at PhD defense

Mike Kanost introduces Qasim Al Souhail
at Qasim's PhD Defense
Kansas State University
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
April 11, 2016
 agsmaureenMaureen Gorman
Arthropod Genomics Symposium
Manhattan, KS
June 2015
poster presentation:
"Phylogenetic Distribution of Transferrin Receptors & Secreted Ferritins"

 agsdaisukeDaisuke Takahashi
Arthropod Genomics Symposium
Manhattan, KS
June 2015
poster presentation:
"Interactions between Manduca sexta β-glucan recognition protein and hemolymph protease 14 initiate prophenoloxidase activation pathway"

 agsqasimQasim Al Soulhail
Arthropod Genomics Symposium
Manhattan, KS
June 2015
poster presentation:
"Characterization and regulation of expression of an antifungal peptide from hemolymph of an insect, Manduca sexta"

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Middle School girls setting up experiments.
GROW Program Summer Workshop (Girls Researching Our World), Kansas State University, June 3-5, 2015

GROWMikeMike Kanost teaches the group about melanization.
GROW Program Summer Workshop
(Girls Researching Our World)
June 4, 2015
GROWMaureenMaureen Gorman assists young scientists.
GROW Program Summer Workshop
(Girls Researching Our World)
June 4, 2015
GROWNealNeal Dittmer shows the Manduca colony to the group.
GROW Program Summer Workshop
(Girls Researching Our World)
June 4, 2015
thuydsp15Thuy Cao
Developing Scholars Program
15th Annual Research Symposium
poster presentation
April 19, 2015

dsp15bridges

Developing Scholars Program, 15th Annual Research Symposium, April 19, 2015
Bridges To The Future Group

dsp15awardThuy Cao (back, 2nd from right)
Developing Scholars Program
15th Annual Research Symposium
Academic Excellence Award
April 19, 2015
thuyapril15Thuy Cao
K-State Division of Biology
16th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum
April 23, 2015, KSU

 hp   mbhp

Lisa Brummett teaches 2nd graders about hydroponics
Riley County Grade School, April 21, 2015

thuykinbre15Thuy Cao
K-INBRE Symposium
Jan. 2015, Topeka, KS
rcgs2ndgradeLisa Brummett
teaching 2nd grade insect unit
Riley County Grade School
October 2014
dspfacultyNeal Dittmer (second from left)
Faculty Awards
Developing Scholars Program
14th Annual Research Symposium
April, 2014
dspcoffmanThuy Cao (3rd from right)
Coffman Award
Developing Scholars Program
14th Annual Research Symposium
April, 2014
dspjamilahJamilah Watkins
Developing Scholars Program
14th Annual Research Symposium
April, 2014
growmike Mike Kanost
GROW Summer Workshop
June, 2014
jamilahdsp13Jamilah Watkins
Developing Scholars Program
13th Annual Research Symposium
April 2013
larrydsp13Larry Rodriguez (center)
Developing Scholars Program
13th Annual Research Symposium
April 2013
childcaterpillarKindergarten students experience
"hands on" learning about insects
at Riley County Grade School, 2013
braunjccCara Braun, Dr. Harish Minocha
Cancer Research Awards Banquet
Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research
2013