February 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

MCB: A Day of Scientific Talks, March 29

The MCB Faculty and Staff Retreat 2014 is “A Day of Scientific Talks” and poster presentations by Molecular and Cellular Biology faculty and staff on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Walter 135.

Molecular and Cellular Biology is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences.

The morning features presentations in translational research. Afternoon presentations are on cell and molecular biology.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to by March 21.


8:30—9 a.m.:Registration and Continental Breakfast

Translational Research

9—9:30 a.m.: Dr. Huzoor Akbar, Biological Sciences, “Rho/ROCK/NOX/ROS axis of platelet signaling offers novel therapeutic targets for developing antithrombotic agents.”

9:30—10 a.m.: Dr. Kelly McCall, Specialty Medicine, “Identification of a Molecular Pathway Involved in Viral Induction of Type 1 Diabetes.”

10—10:30 a.m.: Dr. Karen Coschigano, Biomedical Sciences, “Molecular Insights of Diabetic Nephropathy.”

10:30—10:45 a.m.: Yanrong Qian, MCB/Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate, “Cancer cells have not only a sweet tooth but also large mouths: Extracellular ATP is ‘swallowed’ by cancer cells via macropinocytosis.”

10:45—11:30 a.m.: Break—View Posters

11:30—noon: Dr. Shiyong Wu, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Interdisciplinary research and alternative career pathway training in Edison Biotechnology Institute (EBI).”

noon—1 p.m.: LUNCH

Cell and Molecular Biology

1—1:15 p.m.: Chunxi Zeng, MCB/Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate, “Mechanistic details of Tbox transcription antitermination: Development and application of high-throughput riboswitch assay.”

1:15—1:45 p.m.: Dr. Mark Berryman, Biomedical Sciences, “Role of CLIC proteins in actin cytoskeleton regulation: studies in mice, flies, and mammalian cells.”

1:45—2:15 p.m.: Dr. Allan Showalter, Environmental and Plant Biology, “Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis and DNA Barcoding of Medicinal Plants.”

2:15—2:45 p.m.: Dr. Bob Colvin, Biological Sciences, “Insights into metal homeostasis using X-Ray Fluorescence.”

Poster Presentations

1. Amrita Basu: “Comparative Analysis of Gene Expression and Spatial Memory Performance in Trans-genic bGH and Wild Type Mice.”

2. Yuni Feng: “In silico modeling of wheat xylan synthase complex.”

3. Maria Muccioli: “Effects of dsRNA-induced inflammation on ovarian cancer progression.”

4. Yanrong Qian: “Extracellular ATP-induced intracellular ATP concentration elevation mediated by macropinocytosis promotes growth, survival, and drug resistance of cancer cells.”

5. Lingyiing Tong: “The Role of Carnosol in Protecting UVB-induced Carcinogenesis.”

6. Xuan Wang: “Extracellular ATP promotes cancer cell growth, survival and drug resistance.”

7. Chunxi Zeng: “Mechanistic details of T box transcription antitermination: Development and application of high-throughput riboswitch assay.”

8. Wuda Wang: “Investigation of arabinogalctan-protein (AGP) biosynthetic enzyme complexes using co-immunoprecipitation and bimolecular fluorescence complementation.”

9. Xiao Liu: “A Bioinformatics Approach to Identify and Classify Extensins from Selected Plant Genomes.”

10. Debarati Basu: “Two Hydroxyproline Galactosyltransferases, GALT5 and GALT2, are Essential for Arabinogalactan-Protein Glycosylation and Development in Arabidopsis.”

11. Aditi Vyas: “Identification of novel STAT92E target genes in hematopoiesis using in silico methods.”

12. Adam Jara: “Disruption of Cardiac GH Signaling Alters Whole Body Glucoses Homeostasis.”

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