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BMB Weekly #20: May 19, 2023

Vol. 56, No.20Horizontal banner with MSU helmet displaying College of Natural Science Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Noteworthy News

Student Views from our 2022–2023 Dean's Research Scholars

BMB undergraduate students Caleb Fisher and Darla Martinez were recognized as 2022–2023 Dean's Research Scholars and have shared their stories as undergraduate researchers. 

Caleb Fisher: Research skillsets enhance growth as an individual and a scientist

Darla Martinez: The rewards of undergraduate research




Upcoming Seminars

Coming Soon: Fall Colloquium Series

The speaker list for the Fall 2023 BMB Colloquium Series will be available soon.


Mark Your Calendar

Summer 2023 ACES Program for ITAs
Application Deadline: May 22, 2023
Program Dates: July 17–August 4, 2023
Attention: International Teaching Assistants, GPDs, GPAs

ACES (Academic Culture and English Skills) is a three-week intensive English and academic culture program aimed at helping incoming international teaching assistants (ITAs) adjust to the American university teaching and learning context prior to their first semester at MSU. The program focuses on strengthening oral communication skills in English and developing an understanding of the American educational system and the roles and expectations of TAs and undergraduate students at MSU. Registration must be completed by the department (not the student). Learn more here.

Save the Date: Graduate Program Assistant Spring Reception
June 7, 2023 — 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Chittenden Hall Patio
Attention: Graduate Program Assistants

Graduate Program Assistants are invited to attend the GPA Spring Reception held on Wednesday, June 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chittenden Hall patio. Join the Graduate School staff for refreshments, swag giveaways, and more. Dean Pero Dagbovie will be opening the event with an address. Learn more and register here.

International Graduate Admissions Deadline
Deadline: June 16, 2023
Attention: GPDs and GPAs

The deadline for international graduate admissions for Fall 2023 is Friday, June 16. Please ensure pending international graduate applications are finalized by that date and received by the Office of Admissions.


Awards, Grants and Fellowships

CTLI Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadline: May 31, 2023
Attention: Doctoral Students

The Graduate School and the Center for Teaching & Learning Innovation (CTLI) at Michigan State University invites applicants for the 2023-2024 graduate fellowship cohort. Fellows can expect to join a welcoming community to learn with us, influence the future of higher education, and further develop as leaders and public scholars by becoming a Graduate School/MSU CTLI Fellow. Learn more here.



Fall 2023 ITA Support Classes - Advising Appointments and Registration Available Now
Attention: International Teaching Assistants, GPDs, GPAs

The ITA Program is currently scheduling advising appointments for international graduate teaching assistants interested in taking ITA support courses in Fall 2023. Learn more here.

COVID-19 Guidance for International Travel
Attention: Staff, Faculty, Research Associates, and Graduate Students

To help field questions, Global Safety has developed a guide with recommended steps and resources. This is available as a PDF and on the Global Safety website at www.globalsafety.msu.edu/positive-COVID-19. The first step is to call ISOS for guidance.


Job Postings

Research Associate, Fixed Term — Vo Lab

One research associate (post-doc) position is available in the lab of Dr. Tommy Vo. This research position is to develop new biochemical methods for high-throughput in vivo mapping of localized protein interactomes in the fission yeast S. pombe. The work will employ genetic, genomic, molecular, microscopic and biochemical approaches to understand how proteins engage with different complexes within the cell. Overall, the associate can expect to develop excellence in three key areas: research, mentoring, and scientific communication. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link.

Research Associate, Fixed Term  Chruszcz Lab

This work involves production of recombinant proteins (allergens) and their characterization using different biochemical and biophysical methods. The work will also involve purification of allergens from natural sources. This work also requires planning, organization and execution of experiments. Moreover, it requires a detailed documentation of the performed experiments. It is expected that the candidate has the ability to work with significant quantities of inhaled and food allergens; proficiency in recombinant protein production and purification; and at least 3 years of experience in structural characterization of proteins using X-ray crystallography that is documented by relevant publications and the Protein Data Bank deposits. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link.

Research Associate, Fixed Term  He Lab

The successful candidate will have a solid background in cellular/molecular biology and developmental biology. Experience in neurobiology, disease mouse models, mouse behavioral analysis, and/or high-throughput sequencing experiments and bioinformatics analyses are a plus. Duties include: maintain mouse colonies, perform mouse behavioral analysis, perform mouse genetic analysis, histological analysis, and molecular analysis, collect data and analyze data, and write manuscripts. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link.

Research Associate, Fixed Term — Stoltzfus Lab

The Biological Sciences Program at MSU invites applications for a biology education research Postdoctoral Research Associate in developing a curriculum that explicitly supports connections across introductory biology courses. The Research Associate will join a diverse group of educators and discipline-based education researchers working to improve connections between courses in an introductory undergraduate biology curriculum. These courses are focused on supporting three-dimensional learning using evidence-based teaching approaches and are taught by instructional teams made up of faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and undergraduate learning assistants. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link.


Recent Publications

Babin, K. M., Karim, J. A., Gordon, P. H., Lennon, J., Dickson, A., & Pioszak, A. A. (2023). Adrenomedullin 2/intermedin is a slow
         off-rate, long-acting endogenous agonist of the adrenomedullin2 G protein-coupled receptor. The Journal of biological
         chemistry, 104785. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbc.2023.104785

Chaturvedi, S. S., Jaber Sathik Rifayee, S. B., Ramanan, R., Rankin, J. A., Hu, J., Hausinger, R. P., & Christov, C. Z. (2023). Can
         an external electric field switch between ethylene formation and L-arginine hydroxylation in the ethylene forming enzyme?. 
         Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP25(19), 13772–13783. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3cp01899g

Feng, H., Elladki, R., Jiang, J., & Wei, G. W. (2023). Machine-learning analysis of opioid use disorder informed by MOR, DOR,
         KOR, NOR and ZOR-based interactome networks. Computers in biology and medicine157, 106745.

Kaste, J. A. M., & Shachar-Hill, Y. (2023). Accurate flux predictions using tissue-specific gene expression in plant metabolic modeling.
         Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), 39(5), btad186. https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btad186

Lee, Y. S., Shiu, S. H., & Grotewold, E. (2023). Evolution and diversification of the ACT-like domain associated with plant basic
         helix-loop-helix transcription factors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
         120(19), e2219469120. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2219469120

Orlowska, K., Fling, R. R., Nault, R., Schilmiller, A. L., & Zacharewski, T. R. (2023). Cystine/Glutamate Xc- Antiporter Induction
         Compensates for Transsulfuration Pathway Repression by 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) to Ensure Cysteine for
         Hepatic Glutathione Biosynthesis. Chemical research in toxicology, 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.3c00017. Advance online publication.

Sakkos, J. K., Santos-Merino, M., Kokarakis, E. J., Li, B., Fuentes-Cabrera, M., Zuliani, P., & Ducat, D. C. (2023). Predicting
         partner fitness based on spatial structuring in a light-driven microbial community. PLoS computational biology19(5),
         e1011045. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1011045

Shen, L., Feng, H., Qiu, Y., & Wei, G. W. (2023). SVSBI: sequence-based virtual screening of biomolecular interactions. 
         Communications biology6(1), 536. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-023-04866-3

Singh, G., Kumar, S., Afreen, S., Bhalla, A., Khurana, J., Chandel, S., Aggarwal, A., & Arya, S. K. (2023). Laccase mediated
         delignification of wasted and non-food agricultural biomass: Recent developments and challenges. International journal
         of biological macromolecules
235, 123840. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2023.123840



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College of Natural Science | BMB Weekly | Vol. 56, No.20