Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics and

The Graduate Group in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics


Thursday, November 9, 2017


Discussion Leader: Kristen W. Lynch, Ph.D.  

11:00 - 11:15 A.M.

Departmental Year-in-Review & Welcome

11:20 – 11:35 A.M.

Alessandro Gardini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Wistar Insititute
Transcription factor specificity in lineage commitment and differentiation

11:40 – 11:55 A.M.

Mara Olenick, Graduate student in the laboratory of Erika L. F. Holzbaur, Ph.D.
Cargo specific regulation of cytoplasmic dynein by Hook1

12:00 NOON – 12:15 P.M.

Emily Schutsky, Graduate student in the laboratory of Rahul Kohli, M.D., Ph.D.
Defining and Exploiting APOBEC3A's Cytosine Deaminase Activity on the Extended Epigenome

12:20 – 12:35 P.M.

Brian Chow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Bioinformatics discovery and biophysical characterization of novel photosensory LOV proteins

12:45 – 1:45 P.M.


2:00 – 4:20 P.M.

Free Time


Discussion Leader: Benjamin Garcia, Ph.D.

4:30 – 4:45 P.M.

Gideon Dreyfuss, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics
Telescripting: U1 snRNP-controlled gene expression mechanism

4:50 – 5:05 P.M.

Kelly Karch, Graduate student in the laboratory of Ben Garcia, Ph.D.
Analyzing histone dynamics using hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled to top-down and middle-down mass spectrometry

5:10 – 5:25 P.M.

Scott Ye, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of S. Walter Englander, Ph.D.
Protein folding outside and inside chaperonin GroEL

5:30 – 5:45 P.M.

Melike Lakadamyali, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physiology
Visualizing Biology at the Nano Scale

5:50 – 6:20 P.M.

Introduction of New Students – Benjamin A. Garcia, Ph.D.

6:30 - 7:30 P.M. 


7:30 – 10:00 P.M.

Poster Session & Reception


Friday, November 10, 2017

7:30 -8:50 A.M.         


Checkout by 11:00 a.m.
(return room keys to reservation desk in the main lobby)

Poster breakdown by 1:00 p.m.


Discussion Leader: Kim Sharp, Ph.D.

9:00 – 9:15 A.M.   

BMB Grad Group Year-in-Review and Awards
(Poster Award, Dutton Award, Keris Award)

9:20 – 9:35 A.M.  

P. Leslie Dutton Award Talk
Ismail Ahmed, Graduate student in the laboratory of Feng Gai, Ph.D.
Blue fluorescent amino acid for biological spectroscopy and microscopy

9:40 – 9:55 A.M.

Megan Matthews, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Reverse polarity activity-based protein profiling

10:00 – 10:15 A.M.

Ryan Emptage, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D.
Structural basis of KA1 domain-mediated kinase autoregulation

10:20 – 10:35 A.M.

Korrie Mack, Graduate student in the laboratory of Jim Shorter, Ph.D.
Engineering potentiated Hsp104 variants with enhanced substrate-specificity to counter neurodegeneration

10:40 – 11:10 A.M.

Group Photograph and Checkout


Discussion Leader: Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D.

11:15 11:30 A.M.

Ben Black, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics
Epigenetic Centromere Establishment on Artificial Chromosomes

11:35 – 11:50 A.M.

Meilin Fernandez Garcia, Graduate student in the laboratory of Kenneth S. Zaret, Ph.D.
Differential Nucleosome Binding by Developmental and Reprogramming Transcription Factors

11:55 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

Evan O’Brien, Graduate student in the laboratory of A. Joshua Wand
A first glimpse into the dynamic nature of membrane proteins

12:15 – 12:30 P.M.

Kristen W. Lynch, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Lessons from viruses on alternative splicing

12:40 – 1:40 P.M.


2:00 P.M.

Bus loading

2:15 P.M.

Bus departure for Penn

~5:30 P.M.

Bus arrival at Penn, outside Stellar-Chance Labs on Curie Boulevard