MARCH 2019


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Faculty, Students and Alumni Participate in

COM Research Poster Session

Ram Khattri

"Investigating metabolic changes in PNEC cell lines in normoxic and hypoxic conditions via conventional 13C NMR"

Presented by Dr. Ram Khattri, postdoc in the lab of
Dr. Matthew Merritt

Rohit Mahar

"13C Isotopomer analysis of intermediary metabolism in metabolic stages of pupae of the flesh fly"

Presented by Dr. Rohit Mahar, postdoc in the lab of
Dr. Matthew Merritt

Lauren Douma

"CRISPR-mediated deletion of a regulatory element downstream of the EDN1 gene increases expression of a long non-coding RNA, EDN1-AS"

Presented by Dr. Lauren Douma, postdoc in the lab of Dr. Michelle Gumz, and a 2016 alumnus. 

Also, co-author on this article is an alumnus (2017), Dr. Kristen Solocinski, postdoc fellow at the NIH.

Aishwarya Gurumurthy

"Functional and Structural analysis of β-globin locus control region hypersensitive site 2"

From the lab of Dr. Jörg Bungert, this poster was presented by Genetics Institute graduate student, Aishwarya Gurumurthy, and undergrad, David Yu.
Dr. Mir Hossain, co-author, is also a BMB alumnus from 2017.

Manish Amin

"A Novel Multishell Acquisition with Increased b-Shells and Sparse ORientations (MAISSOR)"

From the lab of Dr. Thomas Mareci, Physics graduate student, Manish Amin, presented this poster.
Also co-authoring this paper and representing Dr. Mareci's lab are physics graduate students, Daniel DeYoung and Guita Banan, and undergrad student, Caroline Lamoutte.

Dr. Jianrong Lu

BMB associate professor,
Dr. Jianrong Lu (pictured right), served as a judge of posters presented by medical school students.

Not pictured are the following:

- NMR characterization of C123 amyloid fibrils
Presented by BMB Master's student, Qingqing Emily Peng, from Dr. Joanna Long's lab.

- NMR characterization of the functional fibril amyloids involved in caries formation
Presented by postdoc, Dr. Gwladys Riviere, in Dr. Joanna Long's lab.


March Dissertation and Thesis Defenses


BMB Students Hosting Invited Guest Speaker
Dr. Nicole F. Steinmetz

Dr. Steinmetz's research pursues new frontiers in medicine and bio-nanotechnology through design, development, and testing of materials and biologics derived from plant viruses. Furthermore, her lab focuses on three areas: drug delivery and immunotherapies, molecular imaging for diagnosis and prognosis, and virus-programmed materials.

There will be an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Steinmetz for lunch at noon on Thursday. Students please RSVP to for details (seating is limited).


April Save-the-Dates!


Friday, April 5
Dissertation Defense - Jana Jenquin

2:00pm     ARB R3-265
TOPIC: “Small molecule approaches the reduce the effects of toxic repeat RNA in myotonic dystrophy models"

Tuesday, April 9
2nd Annual Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Undergraduate Research Poster Session

4:00 - 6:00pm          ARB 3rd Floor 

To highlight the work of the outstanding undergraduates currently working in labs in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, we are planning the second annual Undergraduate Research Day (poster presentations). Last year's event, under the direction of Dr. Susan Frost, was very successful, and we are planning on an even greater experience this year. Our faculty, postdocs and grad students will judge the submitted posters. Refreshments will be served following the presentations, and awards will be given to the five highest scoring posters.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Frost (

Spring 2019 Prof Dev Series

To register, log into GIMS and follow the steps below:

Registration Instructions

• Login to GIMS using your GatorLink ID and Password
• Once you login, on the top of the page click on the “Workshops” tab
• Under “Register” click the box and then “Submit”
• After you complete this process, you will receive an email confirmation.

If your schedule changes and you are unable to attend the event, repeat the steps above to remove yourself from the list of workshop attendees


Grant Writing Workshop

These workshops are free and open to all UF faculty, students, postdocs, trainees, etc.


The University of Florida is now a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at more than 450 colleges and universities. Examples of resources include:

• Monthly webinars on topics such as “How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities”, and “Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, & Collaborators”, and “How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice”

• Multi-week courses on “Navigating the Job Market” and “Writing Science: How to Write Proposals that Get Funded and papers that Get Cited”

• A 12-week Dissertation Success Curriculum

To claim free access to UF’s institutional membership, complete the following steps:
1)  Go to
2)  Choose University of Florida from the drop-down menu.
3)  Select “Activate my Membership.”
4)  Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e.
5)  Go to your UF email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.






Save-the-Date - Monday, April 15
Stephen Bell, PhD
Professor and Chair
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN




Bryan Venters, PhD
Assistant Professor
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Monday, March 4 - 4:00pm
Cancer Genetics Research Complex    CGRC-451A
TOPIC: Role of epigenetics in differentiation and cancer

 Yongsheng Shi, Ph.D.
 Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
 School of Medicine
 University of California, Irvine
 Irvine, CA
Monday, March 11 - 4:00pm
Cancer Genetics Research Complex    CGRC-451A


Ronald C. Wek, Ph.D.
Showalter Professor of Biochemistry
 Indiana University School of Medicine
 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
 Indianapolis, IN
Monday, March 25 - 4:00pm
Cancer Genetics Research Complex    CGRC-451A




Wednesdays     4:00pm     ARB R3-265

Spring Break                                March 6
No Faculty Seminar

Dr. Jörg Bungert                            March 13
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Antonette Bennett                     March 20
Assistant Scientist
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh          March 27
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Tuesdays    11:45am    ARB R3-265

                                  Mar. 5        Spring Break
                                  Mar. 12      Boyce Competition
                                  Mar. 19      Yasmin Ali
                                  Mar. 26      Shanan Emmanuel

Structural Biology

Mondays     3:00pm     ARB R3-265     

                                  Mar. 4        Spring Break
                                  Mar. 11      Renuk Lakshmanan 
                                  Mar. 18      Shanan Emmanuel 
                                  Mar. 25      Justin Kurian


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