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CBSD Annual CoBRE Research Retreats

The Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics is committed to fostering a community for biophysically informed research throughout the University of Montana (UM) research community.  We do this in a number of ways, including hosting an annual research retreat.  This provides us an opportunity to come together as a research community to discuss the latest research in our laboratories supported by CBSD. The retreat includes keynote seminars by outside speakers, lectures by Project Leaders who are supported by the CBSD NIH CoBRE grant, and a selection of short talks by pilot project leaders and graduate students. We especially encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a poster session. We also have presentations from our Computational, NMR, X-ray and BioSpectroscopy Core Facilities so attendees can learn more about how these facilities can help take their research projects in new directions.

Registering for the Annual CBSD Research Retreat:


Past Research Retreats:

September 7-9, 2012

The first Annual CBSD Research Retreat was held at the Double Arrow Resort in Seeley Lake, MT.

2012 Research Retreat Abstract Titles
David Case   Bridging the Divide-All Atom Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Biomolecular Crystals
Stephen Sprang   Introduction to CBSD & CoBRE Grant
Klara Briknarova   Structural Studies of the Envelope Glycoprotein from Junin arenavirus
Erica Woodahl Structural and Functional Analysis of Genetic Polymorphisms in the P-glycoprotein (ABCB1) Drug Transporter
Xi Chu   Computational Study of the Catalytic MEchanism in Adenylyl Cyclase
Valeriy Smirnov   Approaching the Mechanism of Idoleamine Dioxygenase (IDO-1)
Orion Berryman Catalysis with Non-covalent Interactions
Katya Voronina   A Role for P Granules in Promoting mRNA Silencing in Germline Stem Cells
Tung Chung Mou & Stephen Sprang   Macromolecular X-Ray Diffraction Core Facility
Earle Adams & Edward Rosenberg Macromolecular NMR Spectroscopy Core Facility
Sandy Ross   BioSpectroscopy Core Facility
Michael Braden & John Gerdes Molecular Computation Core Facility
Andrea Stierle & Donald Stierle Symbiotic Bacteria of the Human Gut Micorbiome as a Source of Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer Agents
Katie Hailer & Brooke Martin Examining the Function of the Nei Operon- Finding the Function of "Unknown" Proteins
Walter Hill The Ribsome Jig-Time-Resolved Probing of Ribosomal Functions
Brian Bothner Did you see that?  It moved.  I swear that protein just moved.
Bruce Bowler Encoding Topological Bias in teh Denatured State of a Protein
Lara Taubner Structural and Physiologic Consequences of Native Post-Translational Modifications of the Prion
Richard Bridges & Sarj Patel Linking Structure and Molecular Pharmacology of the Glutamate/Cystine Antiporter
Mark Grimes Wrangling Phosphoproteomic Data to Elucidate Cancer Signaling Pathways
Celestine Thomas Characterization of Liposome Fusion by a Fusion-Active Arenavirus Envelope Glycoprotein
Brent Ryckman Structure-function Analysis of a Cytomegalovirus CC Chemokine
Stephen Lodmell Mechanism of Inhibitors of Rift Valley Fever Virus Nucleocapsid-RNA Interactions
Michael Kavanaugh Glutamate Transporters- Molecular Mechanisms and Synaptic Roles
Labe A. Black   Conformational Changes and Dynamics Involved in G Proteins During Receptor Independent Cell Signaling
Amanda Brinkworth Biophysical Characterization of the Virulence Factor BB0577 from Borrelia burgdorferi
Travis Danielson Loop Formation of Cytochrome c' in the Denatured State: Effect of Residual α-Helical Structure
David Hahn Mechanism for Catalysis in Mammalian Adenylyl Cyclase
Rebecca Hendrix Structure-function Analysis of a Cytomegalovirus CC Chemokine
Alexandra Heyneman Minimal Amino Acid Sequence Essential to Establish a Gross Fold within a Protein
Levi McClelland Lower Protein Stability Does Not Necessarily Increase Local Dynamics
Casey Schlenker

Using Cysteine Mutant Disulfide Cross-Linking to Investigate the Structure of a Dynamic Complex Between

Anastellin and the Third Type III Domain from Fibronectin

Yizhi Sun Characterization of the Interaction Between RIZ1 and RB Protein
Jose R. Tusell DFT Study of the Catalytic Core of Mammalian Aenylyl Cyclase
Baisen Zeng Biochemical Study of the AAA+ ATPase Domain in Human Soluble Adenylate Cyclase
Baisen Zeng A Structural Study of the Peptide-bound Inhibitory G-Protein Alpha Subunit
Domnita-Valeria Rusnac Interaction of Anastellin with β-strands ABC, ABCD and ABCDE from the Third Type III Domain of Fibronectin
Jessica Glicken Characterizing the Anastellin: 3FN3 Complex Using NMR Spectroscopy

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