The seventh annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Monday, May 13th, in the Frick Fine Arts Building from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The 2019 symposium will feature Dr. Georgios Skiniotis 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: Dr. Georgios Skiniotis, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Stanford University

"Cryo-EM Insights into G Protein Couples Receptor Activation and Signaling"



Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2019 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 15th, 2019

Completed forms should be emailed to Janet Zambotti at

 Registration Form: Click HERE to download

Abstract Template: Click HERE to download


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2019


9:00 am            Registration and breakfast

9:45 am            Welcome – Andy Hinck

Morning Session

Chaired by: Sara Whitlock

10:00 am          New Methods—and Old Methods Applied in New Ways—to Find Human Cancer Viruses

                         Patrick Moore

                         Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty


10:35 am          Structural Mechanisms of Parathyroid Hormone Receptor (PTHR) Signaling Through Gs

                         Lisa Clark

                         Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student


10:55 am          Break


11:30 am          Heterogeneous-Backbone Mimics of Disulfide-Rich Peptide Scaffolds

                         Chino Cabalteja

                         Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student


11:50 am          Investigating the Role of Oxidative Stress in Telomere Maintenance

                         Patricia Opresko

                         Environmental and Occupational Health, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty



12:25 pm – 1:25 pm


Afternoon Session

Chaired by: Stephen White


1:30 pm            A Highly Ordered ENE Motif Within the MALAT1 Triple Helix lcRNA Reveals a Distinct Inhibitory Structure for
                         Small Molecule Therapeutic Intervention.

                         Mike Yonkunas

                         Chemistry & Biochemistry, Univ of the Sciences in Philadelphia. MBSB alumnus.


2:05 pm            Optical Control of Cre Recombinase in Zebrafish Embryos

                         Wesley Brown

                         Chemistry, Univ of Pittsburgh. MBSB student


2:25 pm            PROTACs: Lessons from HIV

                         Jinwoo Ahn

                         Structural Biology, Univ of Pittsburgh, MBSB Training Faculty


Poster Session

3:00 pm – 4:10 pm


Keynote Address

Chaired by: Kirill Lavrenyuk


4:15 pm            Cryo-EM Insights into G Protein Coupled Receptor Activation and Signaling

                         Georgios Skiniotis

                         Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Structural Biology, Stanford Univ



5:30 pm