2018 CBI retreat

  • Esteemed pie eating contest winners

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Thanks to CBI and BMB for sponsoring, especially CBI faculty Meg Stratton and Eric Strieter for organizing a fun and informative retreat on June 14th at the UMass Amherst campus. Special thanks to UMass Worcester Prof. Mary Munson for presenting the keynote address “The exocyst-why do cells need such a large protein complex to control vesicle tethering and fusion?”, and to the poster judges for evaluating the posters! Congratulations to CBI Members Sean Crowe (Strieter lab) and Cameron Butova (Garman lab) for winning the poster prizes (gift cards to High Horse restaurant in downtown Amherst)!

BMB/CBI/BMP Retreat Schedule
Thursday June 14, 2018

7:45-8:45     Registration (coffee/pastries) 
8:00                 Hang Posters
9:00-10:30   Session I                                             
Yasaman Gholamipour – Graduate student, Martin lab 
“RNA-Seq of in vitrotranscription reactions yields new mechanistic and practical insights”

Davide Tavelle – Graduate student, Massi lab 
“Davide never gave us a title, but expect lots of NMR and RNA-binding proteins. Maybe a guest appearance of exploding worms?”

Alexandra (Sasha) Pozhidaeva – Postdoc, Gierasch lab 
“How a Nucleotide Exchange Factor Acts on an Hsp70 Chaperone”

Nick Stone – Graduate student, Kelch lab 
“Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of viral maturation using a hyperthermophilic phage”
10:30-11:15     Keynote Address: Prof. Mary Munson (UMass, Worcester)
“The exocyst–why do cells need such a large protein complex to control vesicle tethering and fusion?”
11:15-12:30  Poster Session I             
12:30               Lunch
1:00                 Activities – Pie Eating Contest, outdoor activities 
1:30-3:00     Session II
Lejie Zhang – Graduate Student, Kobertz Lab
“Fluorescent Visualization of Cellular Proton Fluxes”

Maureen Hill – Graduate student, Hardy lab
“Targeting the Zika Virus Protease: Alternatives to a Mosquito Net”

Ana Boskovic – Postdoc, Rando Lab
“Molecular mechanism of MERV-L regulation via tRNA fragment Glycine-GCC”

Jill Graham – Graduate student, Hebert lab
“Characterization of Novel ER Transmembrane TPR Containing Proteins Involved in O-linked Glycosylation”

3:00-4:30     Poster Session II 
4:45                Awards Ceremony for Poster Prizes
5:00                Taste of Amherst (Amherst center)

And as always the pie-eating contest was a lot of fun!