The eleventh annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Wednesday, May 8th from 8:30am to 5:00pm in the Assembly.  The 2024 symposium will feature Dr. Nancy Carrasco as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers will include MBSB faculty, current MBSB graduate students, and an MBSB alumnus.  Scroll down to see the schedule of events!


Keynote Speaker: 

Nancy Carrasco, M.D.
Vanderbilt University

"The tale of the sodium/iodide symporter (NIS): From cloning to structure"   



Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2024


8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-9:10 Program Welcome


Morning Session 1:

Chaired by Awishi Mondal


9:10 am              Small Molecule Allosteric Inhibitors for Src-Family Kinases in AML: Developing Novel

                        Inhibitors which Harness Natural Regulatory Networks
                            Ari Selzer


9:30 am              Recruitment and assembly of DNA damage checkpoint signaling factors
                            Emily Beckwitt, PhD

                        Postdoctoral Associate, The Rockefeller University


10:05 am            42 Years in the Making:  Molecular Movies of GTP Hydrolysis by NRAS and its Oncogenic Mutants
Guillermo Calero, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Structural Biology


10:40 am            Break


Morning Session 2:

Chaired by Benjamin Wang


11:00 am            Characterizing an Alternate Conformation of the HIV-1 Capsid Protein CTD Dimer using 19F NMR and Weighted Ensemble MD 
Darian Yang


11:20 am             Of HEMEs and HETEs: Targeting fatty acid metabolizing cytochrome P450 enzymes to treat human disease
Simone Brixius-Anderko
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

12:00pm            Lunch


12:45 pm             Career Development session for Students (Auditorium)

Afternoon Session:

Chaired by Victor So


2:00 pm               Thymine DNA glycosylase combines sliding and hopping to efficiently search for 5-

                            Brittani Schnable


2:20 pm              Coarsening of nuclear condensates is governed by the interplay between condensate material properties and chromatin heterogeneity

Huaiying Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Keynote Address:

Chaired by Sophia Staggers


3:00 pm             The tale of the sodium/iodide symporter (NIS): From cloning to structure
                            Nancy Carrasco, PhD
                            Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science, Vanderbilt University
                            Chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics 
                            Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

4:00pm               Poster Session + Reception