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Graduate Student Research Seminar:


You are invited to the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Research Seminar to be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm, in the Waksman Auditorium


Lorenz Loyola - Roth Lab
Studies of MLV Infection with an Altered Integrase C-Terminal Tail Peptide Using the MYC/RUNX2 Mouse Model

Alejandra Laureano-Ruiz - Kwan Lab
Short Stature Homeobox 2 in Zebrafish Otic Development


If you are unable to attend in person and wish to access this meeting remotely, you may use GoToMeeting:

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3131 - Access Code: 269-040-413


Rutgers RWJMS Basic Science Seminar Series:


Emerging Frontiers in Biomedical Research


Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: CABM, Room  010



A CRISPR immune response to viruses that infect bacteria  



Blake A Wiedenheft, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology
and Immunology

Montana State University



Recent Publications:


Effect of mitochondrial uncouplers niclosamide ethanolamine (NEN) and oxyclozanide on hepatic metastasis of colon cancer.

Amer Alasadi, Michael Chen, G. V. T. Swapna, Hanlin Tao, Jingjing Guo, Juan Collantes, Noor Fadhil, Gaetano T. Montelione and Shengkan Jin.  Cell Death and Disease (2018) 9:215


Niclosamide piperazine prevents high-fat diet-induced obesity and diabetic symptoms in mice.

Guo J, Tao H, Alasadi A, Huang Q, Jin S. Eat Weight Disord. 2017 Aug 5. doi: 10.1007/s40519-017-0424-7. [Epub ahead of print]


β-Lactam Antibiotics with a High Affinity for PBP2 Act Synergistically with the FtsZ-Targeting Agent TXA707 against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Ferrer-González E, Kaul M, Parhi AK, LaVoie EJ, Pilch DS.   Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 Jun 19. pii: AAC.00863-17. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00863-17. [Epub ahead of print]


Structural Flexibility of an Inhibitor Overcomes Drug Resistance Mutations in Staphylococcus aureus FtsZ.

Fujita J, Maeda Y, Mizohata E, Inoue T, Kaul M, Parhi AK, LaVoie EJ, Pilch DS, Matsumura H.

ACS Chem Biol. 2017 Jul 21;12(7):1947-1955. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.7b00323. Epub 2017 Jun 16.


Small molecule inhibitors block Gas6-inducible TAM activation and tumorigenicity. Kimani SG, Kumar S, Bansal N, Singh K, Kholodovych V, Comollo T, Peng Y, Kotenko SV, Sarafianos SG, Bertino JR, Welsh WJ, Birge RB. Sci Rep. 2017; 7: 43908. Published online 2017 Mar 8. doi: 10.1038/srep43908


Recent Research Grants and Awards:


Daniel Herranz Benito, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, received a three-year, Transition Phase R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the NIH totaling $747,000 to explore "Functional Dissection of Oncogenic Enhancers." 


William Welsh, PhD, Norman H. Edelman Professor in Bioinformatics, Department of Pharmacology, was granted a $100,000 award from TechAdvance to facilitate commercialization of Rutgers Technologies for his First-in-Class Pan-TAM Tyrosine kinase inhibitors for cancer therapy.


Jerome Langer, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology, and Beatrice Haimovich, PhD, associate professor of surgery, received a five-year, R25 multi-PI research education program grant for $2,365,247 from the National Institutes of Health for the "Rutgers Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Pipeline Program." The grant will extend the impact of the program, founded in 1996, allowing the team to build on the experience and successes in research training of under-represented minority students, and increase the number of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who continue into careers in biomedical research and who eventually will assume leadership roles in the field.