2018

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Poster Award Winners

Undergraduate Poster Session

To highlight the work of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s undergraduate students, the department held its first annual undergraduate poster session where the students presented the work they’ve accomplished in their area of research. 20 students representing seven labs within the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department participated in this poster event. All 20 posters were judged by a panel of faculty, postdocs and senior graduate students, and the top five posters were selected.

In the adjacent picture, from left to right, the poster award winners are Tanqi (Jimmy) Wei, William Chmely, Alyssa Wolff and Maja Haerle. Ryan Day not pictured.

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Mentoring-Award-Winners-and-Dr-Rowe

Dr. Linda Bloom: College of Medicine Mentoring Award Winner

The College of Medicine’s annual Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award encourages and rewards excellence, innovation and effectiveness in mentoring doctoral students through their final dissertation project.

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Carrie Lomelino

Carrie Lomelino: Medical Guild's Bronze Award Winner

Graduate student and member of Dr. Robert McKenna's laboratory, Carrie Lomelino was awarded a bronze award at the 43rd annual Medical Guild Research Symposium where she gave a 15-minute presentation on her topic, “Structure-Guided Drug Design of CA IX Selective Inhibitors as a Breast Cancer Treatment

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Akilah Murray

Akilah Murray: Advancement to Candidacy Award

The Advancement to Candidacy Award, aimed at recognizing outstanding students in their mid-tenure after they have passed their qualifying examination in their third year of study, was awarded to Akilah Murray and two other finalists.

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GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH DAY

The Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional development (OGAP) hosted its annual event, Graduate Student Research Day, on Tuesday, April 3rd in the Grand Ballroom of the Reitz Union. Graduate Student Research Day is an opportunity for students to share and enhance their research with other graduate departments throughout campus, as well as gain insightful feedback from faculty and peers. This event engages attendees in a competitive poster session, keynote and panel discussions and local industry for networking. Graduate Student Research Day is planned and organized by graduate students with the professional development goals of their peers in mind.

There were three students who participated in this event from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
- Graduate student, Christopher Fields from Dr. Mingyi Xie's lab, presented his poster entitled, A novel class of 5'-extended microRNA precursors originating from RNA Polymerase II transcription start sites. (pictured above)
- Two graduate students, Leslie Morris and Yasmin Ali, from Dr. Linda Bloom's lab presented their poster entitled, The Purification of YoaA, a Putative Bacterial Helicase. (pictured below)

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COM Diversity Week Panel

Today’s Challenge: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

UF College of Medicine Dean Michael L. Good, M.D., held a dean’s grand rounds panel discussion with a panel of five faculty, including Biochemistry professor, Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR

BMB SPRING GRADUATES


The following graduate students successfully defended their dissertations this semester and will be graduating this week:

               - Melissa Hale, from Dr. Andy Berglund's lab

               - Avni Bhatt, from Dr. Rob McKenna's lab

               - Yong Shen, with the Cancer and Genetics Institute and

                 working in Dr. Jörg Bungert's lab

We extend our sincere congratulations and best wishes for all of your future endeavors!

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Michelle Gumz (Cain Lab, BMB, PhD 2004) is currently a tenure track Assistant Professor of Medicine at UF, in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation. Dr. Gumz has a joint appointment in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department! Through the BMB concentration, she has trained two PhD students, Dr. Jacob Richards (2014) and Dr. Kristen Solocinski (2017).

The Gumz lab is funded by the NIH and the American Heart Association to study the role of circadian clock proteins in the kidney and how they contribute to renal function and blood pressure regulation. Currently, the lab consists of two postdoctoral fellows, two technicians, and six undergraduate students (see photo). In running her own research laboratory and mentoring trainees, Dr. Gumz uses the training she received in the BMB department on a daily basis. She emphasizes the importance of preparing and practicing presentations well ahead of time for her trainees so that they are prepared and confident whether it is for the department journal club or an international meeting.

In this video, Dr. Gumz is featured in the University of Florida's Research Landscapes series where she explains the importance and significance of her lab's research.

A complete listing of Dr. Gumz’ scientific journal publications are available here.

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Gators Volunteer

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Go to www.gatorsvolunteer.ufl.edu and discover service opportunities with causes that matter to you.  Spend your time helping those with special needs, our schools, veterans, those in crisis, animals, children and more.


Bring the Gator Good to Gainesville - - - volunteer!

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SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENTS

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CENTER FOR STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY

CENTER FOR EPIGENETICS

SEMINAR SERIES

No sessions until Fall 2018

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FACULTY RESEARCH DISCUSSIONS

Wednesdays     4:00pm     ARB R3-265

No sessions until Fall 2018

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Structural Biology

Mondays, 3:00pm, ARB R3-265

                                No sessions until Fall 2018

 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Tuesdays, 4:00pm, ARB R3-265

No sessions until Fall 2018

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