December: Happy Holidays from the Scott Lab!
Left to right: Malika Godamudunage, Youbin Tu, Fernando Estrada, Aggi Walsh, Elyse Petrunak, Aaron Bart, and Dr. Scott
December: Dr. Scott Goes back to middle school
Dr. Scott got the opportunity to share what research scientists do in their job at Southwest Middle School's Career Day. Making edible DNA models with the kids was a lot of fun--especially when we learned about mutations made by missing nucleotide bases (as we started nibbling on our creations!).
October/November: Elyse posters at meetings
Graduate student Elyse Petrunak presented her work comparing inhibitors of the steroidogenic cytochrome P450 17A1 at both the joint JSSX/ISSX Meeting in San Franscisco and the KU Cancer Center Research Symposium & Multidisciplinary Oncology Conference.
October: Lab outing
A lab trip near Topeka was a chance to work on our team-building skills as we figured out our way through a corn maze on an unusually warm fall day.
Sepember: Lab Fire Extinguisher training
Youbin and Malika take their turn using the buddy system during fire extinguisher training for the lab group. Thanks to KU Environment, Health and Safety.
September: Masao Ikeda-Saito seminar visit
Professor Masao Ikeda-Saito, Professor at Tohoku University and current president of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, visited the Scott lab and KU, giving a talk about new heme-degrading enzymes.
August: Fernando presents at ICMRBS Meeting
Postdoc Fernando Estrada presented a poster titled "NMR Evidence of Conformational Selection in a Human Membrane Cytochrome P450 Enzyme" at the International Council on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems meeting in Dallas, TX.
July: Fernando receives favorable review of NIH K99/R00
Current NRSA postdoctoral fellow Fernando Estrada received a favorable review on a new NIH Pathways to Independence award, which necessitated cake all around at lab meeting this week.
July: Elyse Selected as University Graduate Fellow
Fifth year graduate student Elyse Petrunak was selected by the Medicinal Chemistry Department to receive the Graduate Studies Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2013-2014. Congratulations Elyse!
June: Visiting graduate students
Malika Godamudunage (Aaron Rowland Lab, New Mexico State University) and Allison Colthart (Tom Pochapsky Lab, Brandeis University) temporarily joined the Scott lab to learn how to express and purify different human cytochrome P450 proteins. Welcome Malika and Allison!
June: Elyse wins poster award
Graduate student Elyse Petrunak (left) won the graduate student poster award at the University of Oklahoma COBRE in Structural Biology Annual Symposium. First place in the postdoc category was also a KU participant, Michael Barta (middle). The prizes, ipad minis, were awarded by symposium organizer, Ann West (right).
June: Elyse attends Career Development conference
Graduate student Elyse Petrunak attended the 2nd annual Chemistry-Biology Interface Conference on Career Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an affiliate student of the KU Chemical Biology Training Grant Program.
June: Fernando to FASEB/NIGMS Postdoc Career Transitions Workshop
Fernando Estrada, current postdoc and president of the KU Postdoctoral Association, attended the 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute Workshop in Bethesda, MD, sponsored by FASEB and NIGMS.
May: Microsomes and Drug Oxidations Meeting
The 20th International Symposium on Microsomes and Drug Oxidations in Stuttgart, Germany featured a special session celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 publication of a new carbon-monoxide-binding pigment in liver microsomes called cytochrome P450.
May: Aaron Bart earns Bachelors Degree, Joins Scott lab as a graduate student
KU undergraduate student Aaron Bart has worked in the Scott lab for several years and, with completion of his degree, now joins the Scott lab as a graduate student in the Molecular Biosciences Department. Welcome (back) Aaron!
May: Scott Lab Mini Golf
Mini golf, laser maze, and burgers and beer to celebrate recent lab research accomplishments.
April: MIKI Meeting
Graduate student Elyse Petrunak presented her work on the structure and mechanisms of steroidogenic cytochrome P450 17A1 at the 2014 MIKI meeting in Chicago, IL.
April: Postdoc Research Day and STEM Career Fair
As president of the KU Postdoctoral Association, postdoc Fernando Estrada organized the second annual KU Postdoc Research Day. This event hosted Dr. Paula Stephen, 2012 Science Careers Person of the Year, as the guest lecturer on "How Economics Shapes Science".
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February: X-ray Training the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL)
Postdoctoral fellows Youbin Tu and Fernando Estrada and graduate student Charlie Fehl (Aubé lab) went with Dr. Scott to the SSRL where they learned how the synchrotron operates and how to collect and process X-ray diffraction data. Several new structures of CYP17A1 were solved on this trip.
January: Elyse talk at Graduate Honors Symposium
Graduate student Elyse Petrunak was selected to present her work during in a talk at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Annual Honors Symposium. Her talk was titled "Structural and Functional Analysis of Substrate interactions with Cytochrome P450 17A1."
January: Scott Lab at the Spencer Art Museum
A visit to the Spencer Art Museum to take an updated group photo turned into an unexpectedly zen-like experience.