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April 20, 2018

Sigma Xi International Research Society Poster Session and Seminar

Submitted by Vaithish Velazhahan

Flyer for Dr. Joanna Slusky's Seminar and Student Poster Session

The students of the K-State's Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, will host Joanna Slusky, assistant professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in 221 Ackert Hall. Slusky's seminar is "The complex evolution of outer membrane proteins." In addition, Sigma Xi is organizing a student poster session. 

The student poster session will be between 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Chalmers Hall atrium. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their work and gain recognition. This also will be a great way to bolster resumes. No RSVP is necessary, so please bring posters to Chalmers Hall atrium by 2:30 p.m. April 25. Free cookies, snacks and drinks will be offered.

Slusky studies antibiotic resistance and the complex evolution of outer membrane proteins, or OMPs. Slusky's lab is highly interdisciplinary and uses computational biology, protein design and molecular biology approaches to study OMPs that are important targets for cancer therapeutics, vaccine development and environmental applications.

Slusky's work has garnered great attention from the national media. She was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as "5 inventors you have never heard of might change the world." She was recently awarded $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health and was named a prestigious NIH Director's New Innovator awardee. She also was named a prestigious Moore inventor fellow.

Please join in welcoming Slusky to Kansas State University. This is a student-invited seminar, therefore attendance from undergraduate and graduate students is especially welcome.