Featured Publications by the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Students and Recent Graduates

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Two Alumni Earn Distinction in Scholarship
Recognition from American Physiological Society

Lauren Douma & Kristen Solocinski

Two recent graduates of our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concentration, Dr. Lauren Douma (top), former student of Dr. Linda Bloom and 2016 graduate, and Kristen Solocinski (bottom), 2017 graduate of Dr. Michelle Gumz' lab, are the co-first authors on a paper entitled Female C57BL/6J Mice Lacking the Circadian Clock Protein PER1 are Protected from Non-Dipping Hypertension which was published in the American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology

This paper has been highlighted as one of this month's "best of the best" as part of the American Physiological Society's (APS) APSselect program, and the APS has issued a press release regarding this achievement!

Lauren is currently a postdoc in Dr. Michelle Gumz' lab, and Kristen is working as a postdoc fellow at the NIH.

Congratulations, Lauren and Kristen, on this achievement. Thank you for representing the Gator Nation and the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department in such an outstanding manner.

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Two Publications with Recent Graduate as First Author

Dr. Mam Mboge

We are pleased to recognize Dr. Mam Mboge, a Fall 2018 graduate of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department, Cancer Biology concentration, who is the first author on two recent publications:

“Selective inhibition of CA IX over CA XII in breast cancer cells using benzene sulfonamides: Disconnect between CA activity and growth inhibition"  
  Mam Y. Mboge, Zhijuan Chen, Alyssa Wolff, John V.  
  Mathias, Chingkuang Tu, Kevin D. Brown, Murat Bozdag,
  Fabrizio Carta, Claudiu T. Supuran, Robert McKenna,
  and Susan C. Frost* (2018)
Plos One; published 11/19/18

"A non-catalytic function of carbonic anhydrase IX contributes to the glycolytic phenotype and pH regulation in human breast cancer cells”
  Mam Mboge, Zhijuan Chen, Daniel Khokhar,   Alyssa Wolff, Lingbao Ai, Coy Heldermon, Murat 
Boxdag, Fabrizio Carta, Claudiu Supuran, Kevin Brown, Robert McKenna, Christopher Frost, and Susan Frost* (2018)
bioRxiv; posted 12/24/18

Congratulations, Mam, on this significant accomplishment!


Annual Graduate Student Recruitment

On January 27-29, the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology concentration hosted five prospective students at one of two annual spring recruiting events. During these two days, the students were invited for interviews, taken on tours through the labs and had opportunities to engage one-on-one with faculty and current students regarding the research opportunities offered through the BMB concentration of the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences.

On the second day, there was a Biomedical Sciences Exposition in which our BMB concentration participated in a poster session expounding on the wide spectrum of the molecular biosciences in which our students can receive laboratory training.

The next recruitment event date is February 10-12, where more students will be interviewed. The students we are recruiting at this time will be joining us in the Fall of this year.



Xie Boys

Dr. Mingyi Xie, BMB assistant professor, and his wife, Yanfen, welcomed a new baby boy to their family early on Monday morning, January 14, 2019! We congratulate this family and wish the all the best in the coming years! I'm sure big brother, Gavin, will enjoy teaching Gary how to do the gator CHOMP!


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 http://www.facultydiversity.org/join.
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. @ufl.edu)
5)  Go to your UF email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.


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


 2019 College of Medicine Research Poster Session

The College of Medicine's annual research poster session is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the strength of the college's research programs and appreciate the breadth, quality, and merit of the science conducted within the College. This event reminds us that it is through discovery and the impact of our research that we improve the quality of human life, and in doing so, advance the College of Medicine and the University of Florida.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Event Info






Dr. Z. Hong Zhou
Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles
Monday, February 18 - 4:00pm
DeWeese Auditorium/McKnight Brain Institute     LG-101A




Dr. Kai Ge
Senior Investigator and Section Chief
Monday, February 11
Cancer Genetics Research Complex    CGRC-451A
TOPIC: Epigenomic Regulation of Enhancers:
from Adipogenesis, Development to Cancer



Wednesdays     4:00pm     ARB R3-265

Dr. Mingyi Xie                                 February 6
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna          February 13
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Michael Kilberg                          February 20
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Thomas Mareci                          February 27
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Tuesdays    11:45am    ARB R3-265

                                  Feb. 5        Joe Ellis
                                  Feb. 12      Graduate Recruitment
                                  Feb. 19      COM Celebration of Research
                                  Feb. 26      Rotational Talks

Structural Biology

Mondays     3:00pm     ARB R3-265     

                                  Feb. 4        Akilah (Briana) Murray
                                  Feb. 11      Graduate Recruitment         
                                  Feb. 18      Jacob Combs
                                  Feb. 25      Jacob Andring


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