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BMB Weekly #3: January 20, 2023

Vol. 56, No.3Horizontal banner with MSU helmet displaying College of Natural Science Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Upcoming Seminars

Spring Colloquium Series: Amy Cullinan
January 26, 2023 — 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
BCH 101 & Zoom

Amy Cullinan from Seer Bio will be presenting "All you ever wanted to know about a career in science communication."

To join us on Zoom, click this link. Password: bmbseminar

The Spring BMB Seminar Series will run through the end of April. The complete schedule is available on the BMB Spring Seminar Series website. If you are interested in meeting with any of these speakers please email Leslie Williams, glady@msu.edu. Many speakers are planning to visit in-person. A zoom option will continue to be offered for all seminars.


Mark Your Calendar

Center for Survivors: Spring Volunteer Training
Application Deadline: January 23, 2023
Attention: Staff, Faculty, Students, & Public

The MSU Center for Survivors is now recruiting volunteers for its Spring 2023 Training Class. The Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Team provides essential support, advocacy, and outreach services to the MSU campus and greater Lansing community. Training will be held in-person. Learn more and apply here

Call for Applications: Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
Application Deadline: January 23, 2023
Attention: Doctoral Students

The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society seeks to develop and cultivate a network of preeminent scholars who exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Interested doctoral students can apply for membership by Monday, January 23. Learn more and apply here

The Exchange: Journal Club — Dr. Amy Cullinan, Seer Bio.
January 24, 2023 — 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Audience: Current Graduate Students

The Exchange is the weekly Tuesday morning event for graduate students. Please join us for the following:
Journal Club — Dr. Amy Cullinan, Seer Bio.
NOTE: this presentation will focus on a proteomics analysis firm and on the career of our speaker! Not the usual one paper event
Volunteers: Krystina Hird, Bailey Kleven, Shannon Donnelly

COGS Coffee & Connection
January 24, 2023 — 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Foster Coffee, 196 Albert St. in East Lansing
Audience: Current Graduate and Professional Students

Join us for conversation, and treats at Foster Coffee - 196 Albert St in East Lansing on Tuesday, Jan. 24th!   This popular meet-up will continue throughout spring semester, along with fun chances to meet up at various locations on and off campus to socialize with fellow graduate & professional students. More info to come soon, but make sure to keep an eye on our events page and social media for announcements on this and other fun COGS events!  cogs.msu.edu/upcoming-events

Wayne State University Graduate Research Symposium
Application Deadline: January 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Attention: Graduate Students & Postdocs

Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan is looking for scholars from around the country to share their research at the virtual 2023 Graduate Research Symposium, March 6-8. The Graduate Research Symposium is a fully virtual event that brings together 1,500 virtual attendees from 30 countries on five continents to learn about the latest graduate student and postdoctoral research. Learn more and apply here

Dissertation Support Group
Registration Deadline: January 27, 2023
Attention: Doctoral Students

This 6-week group provides doctoral students with a supportive, structured environment that helps mitigate the sense of isolation and frustration that often accompany the dissertation process. A weekly discussion topic will also allow participants to share experiences with and resources that help address some of the most common barriers to progress (e.g., low motivation, time management, stress/burnout). Learn more and register here

Call for Abstracts: 2023 COGS Graduate Academic Conference (GAC)
Abstract and Registration Deadline: January 31, 2023 
Attention: Graduate and Professional Students

The Council of Graduate Students is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Graduate Academic Conference will take place on February 18, 2023, at the MSU Union. We are now accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations and applicants to participate in the famous Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition!  Abstracts & registration are due by January 31, 2023. Learn more here

COGS 15th Annual Graduate Academic Conference (GAC)
February 18, 2023 — 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
MSU Union Building
Attention: Graduate and Professional Students

The GAC is a forum for graduate students to gain experience communicating their research to a non-specialized audience. Our adjudicators are MSU Alums (many graduate school alums!)  with wide-ranging professional backgrounds who provide feedback that can help students fine tune their presentation skills.

As a presenter, you will benefit from constructive feedback that will help you learn to better communicate your research to generalized audiences as you progress in your research. You will also be able to network with your peers across disciplines as well as with your audience of judges and other interested professionals attending the conference! As an attendee, you will be able to view the great work being done by student researchers as well as have access to workshops geared to help all graduate/professional students!

Click here for more information. 


Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2023 MAGS Teaching Award Nominations
Application Deadline: January 20, 2023
Attention: Faculty, Deans, and Graduate Students

Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award competition. This Teaching Award is very competitive, so we are looking for exceptional PhD and Master’s students with great demonstration of teaching competence and knowledge of pedagogy, innovative teaching/instructional design, and effective mentoring skills and commitment to teaching professional development. Students must be nominated by faculty/deans. Learn more here

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Attention: Postdocs

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, they have awarded 95 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $5 million in grants. They are seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM. Learn more and apply here

Julian Samora Research Institute scholarships
Application Deadline: February 3, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Attention: Graduate Students

The Julian Samora Research Institute at MSU is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for:

Learn more here

Asian Studies Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) 2023-2024
Application Deadline: February 10, 2023
Attention: Graduate Students

The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University will annually award multiple undergraduate and graduate fellowships under the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program funded by the U.S. Department of Education for students pursuing the study of Asian languages and Asia area studies at MSU. Learn more here

Danone Fellowships for Graduate Students
Application Deadline: February 14, 2023
Attention: Graduate Students

Danone North America (“Danone”), is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Danone North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant. In its 11th year, Danone will award two $25,000 grants to graduate students interested in exploring the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt to better understand how they help support and maintain human health and wellness. Learn more and apply here

Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: February 28, 2023
Attention: Graduate Students

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. Learn more and apply here



Spring 2023 ITA Support Classes - Advising Appointments and Registration Available Now
Attention: Graduate Directors and Advisors, Graduate Students

The ITA Program is currently scheduling advising appointments for international graduate teaching assistants interested in taking ITA support courses in Spring 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 — Kaguni Lab

The Kaguni lab at Michigan State University seeks a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to determine the cryo-EM structure of a protein-DNA complex formed in the process of replication initiation using Escherichia coli as a model system (https://bmb.natsci.msu.edu/directory-pages/faculty/jon-m-kaguni/current-research.aspx). The individual will also obtain training in nucleic acid enzymology, and molecular genetics. The postdoc is expected to participate in seminars, journal clubs, weekly lab meetings, and prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link.

Research Associate, Fixed Term — Kroos Lab

The Kroos lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work on mechanisms of signaling and gene regulation in bacteria. A highly motivated individual is sought to conduct biochemical, genetic, and microscopic experiments on mechanisms of signaling and gene regulation in Bacillus subtilis and Myxococcus xanthus. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link

Research Associate, Fixed Term — Dickson Lab

The Research Associate will be using molecular modeling and molecular simulation to investigate ligand binding and release processes. Analysis of these transition paths will yield valuable information to further collaborative drug design projects. Duties include: conducting and analyzing molecular simulations, communicating research in conference presentations and manuscripts, and serving as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link

Marine Aquarium Technician — Quinn Lab

The Quinn lab in Biochemistry at Michigan State is looking for two responsible and capable undergraduates to help maintain and perform experiments on coral reef aquaria. The lab is using the coral Galaxea fascicularis as a model organism for the study of coral response to climate change. We have live corals in the lab that need to be cared for and experimented on. Job duties including measuring temperature, pH, salinity and other aspects of the aquarium water, monitoring, growing and maintaining corals in good health, and experiments with corals under different temperature regimes. In the Quinn lab the student will also be involved in general lab duties and experiments with molecular biology and microbiology techniques. The job will require about 10-15 hours per week, but sometimes less. Students must have taken a biochemistry lab course. Any experience with coral reef aquaria is a bonus. Please email quinnrob@msu.edu for more information.

Associate or Full Professor, Plant Metablolism — MSU

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks mid-career applicants for a tenure-stream position at the Associate or Full Professor level focusing on the biochemistry and engineering of plant metabolism. Of particular interest are pathways and metabolites with long-term potential for medical, industrial, or agricultural applications. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link

Research Associate, Fixed Term — Rhee Lab

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher, Research Associate, to study the molecular, physiological, and omics responses to drought in the field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) to uncover the genes and pathways that control acclimation to drought and use them to engineer drought resistant plants. Field pennycress is an overwintering biofuel crop related to both canola and arabidopsis. The goal of the project is to investigate genetic versatility, especially metabolic versatility, against drought to inform future plant metabolic engineering and breeding efforts. Learn more about this MSU Careers posting and apply at this link

Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow — FDA

The Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry Branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in College Park, Maryland seeks a temporary researcher with a Doctoral degree to participate in our food safety research program. To support its mission, the FDA is developing and implementing non-targeted screening approaches using liquid chromatography/highresolution mass spectrometry (LC/HR-MS) for food safety purposes. Learn more about the job posting and how to apply at this link


Recent Publications

Chen, J., Wang, R., Hozumi, Y., Liu, G., Qiu, Y., Wei, X., Wei, G. (2023). Emerging Dominant SARS-CoV-2 Variants. Journal of Chemical
         Information and Modeling
, 63(1), 335-342. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jcim.2c01352

Merz, K. M., Wei, G. W., & Zhu, F. (2023). Editorial: Machine Learning in Bio-cheminformatics. Journal of chemical information and
63(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jcim.2c01496

Raicu, A. M., Kadiyala, D., Niblock, M., Jain, A., Yang, Y., Bird, K. M., Bertholf, K., Seenivasan, A., Siddiq, M., & Arnosti, D. N. (2023).
         The cynosure of CtBP: evolution of a bilaterian transcriptional corepressor. Molecular biology and evolution, msad003. Advance
         online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msad003

Sharkey T. D. (2023). The discovery of rubisco. Journal of experimental botany74(2), 510–519. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erac254

Sun, M., Zhang, C., Sui, D., Yang, C., Pyeon, D., Huang, X., & Hu, J. (2023). Rational Design and Synthesis of D-galactosyl Lysophospholipids
         as Selective Substrates and non-ATP-competitive Inhibitors of Phosphatidylinositol Phosphate Kinases. Chemistry (Weinheim an der
         Bergstrasse, Germany)
29(2), e202202083. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202202083

Tsai, C. H., Chuang, Y. M., Li, X., Yu, Y. R., Tzeng, S. F., Teoh, S. T., Lindblad, K. E., Di Matteo, M., Cheng, W. C., Hsueh, P. C.,
         Kao, K. C., Imrichova, H., Duan, L., Gallart-Ayala, H., Hsiao, P. W., Mazzone, M., Ivanesevic, J., Liu, X., de Visser, K. E.,
         Lujambio, A., Lunt, S. Y., Kaech, S. M., Ho, P. C. (2023). Immunoediting instructs tumor metabolic reprogramming to support
         immune evasion. Cell metabolism35(1), 118–133.e7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2022.12.003

Tsai, H. C., Lee, T. S., Ganguly, A., Giese, T. J., Ebert, M. C., Labute, P., Merz, K. M., Jr, & York, D. M. (2023). AMBER Free Energy
         Tools: A New Framework for the Design of Optimized Alchemical Transformation Pathways. Journal of chemical theory and
, 10.1021/acs.jctc.2c00725. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.2c00725

Valdes-Garcia, G., Heo, L., Lapidus, L. J., & Feig, M. (2023). Modeling Concentration-dependent Phase Separation Processes
         Involving Peptides and RNA via Residue-Based Coarse-Graining. Journal of chemical theory and computation, Advance
         online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.2c00856

Ying, S., Scheible, W. R., & Lundquist, P. K. (2023). A stress-inducible protein regulates drought tolerance and flowering time
         in Brachypodium and Arabidopsis. Plant physiology191(1), 643–659. https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiac486


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