The First Annual MBSB Research Symposium was held on May 10 2013, on the sixth floor of the Biomedical Science Tower 3. Please find the list of speakers below. In addition, there were numerous research posters from MBSB labs and students, showing off the range of fascinating research explored by MBSB students and faculty. More information on the MBSB Research Symposia can be found here. Photos of the 2013 event are included at the bottom of this page.


MBSB Graduate Student Speakers:

  • K. Debiec:  “Structure and dynamics of a model two-domain protein”
  • H. Ghodke:  “The search for UV-damage in DNA by UV-DDB: Hop, slide, or jump?”
  • W. Myint:  “Effects of HIV-1 protease drug resistant mutations on the dynamics of inhibitor binding”
  • G. Schauer:  “HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a molecular clutch: Mechanism of the Efavirenz resistance mutation K103N”
  • C. L. Hoop:  “Structural and motional investigations of polyglutamine –containing amyloid fibrils by magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR”


Keynote speaker:

D. Eliezer (Biochemistry Dept. Weill Cornell Medical College)

“Protein order-disorder transitions in neurotransmission and neurodegeneration”


MBSB Faculty Speakers:

W. S. Horne (Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. Pittsburgh)

“Sequence-based strategies for the mimicry of protein tertiary folding”


M. Lösche (Dept. of Physics, Carnegie-Mellon University)

“Neutron reflection and MD simulations of membrane-associated proteins reveals a control mechanism for the PTEN tumor suppressor”


P. Tang (Dept. of Anesthesiology, Univ. Pittsburgh SOM)

“Functional modulation of the ELIC channel by general anesthetics and alcohols”