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CBSF Club Meetings

The CBSF Club is an informal gathering of scientists that meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm in the Cynthia Mitchell Basic Science Research Building at 6767 Bertner St with an informal reception following at 5:15 pm. The goal of this meeting is to share the latest ideas and data that pertains to biomolecular structure and function.  For room location please see list below.

Any questions concerning the seminar series, location, or available parking can be addressed to Deborah Watkins, program coordinator (

The CBSF Club will resume in the fall.

Previous Meetings

April 18, 2013
Room S3.8004A/B
Dr. Ankur Dhanik
Rice University
Title: “Modeling of Molecular Motion and Interactions for Drug Design”

March 21, 2013
Room S3.8003A/B
Dr. Craig Logsdon
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Title: “Oncogenic Ras – We thought we knew you”

February 21, 2013
Room S3.8003A/B
Dr. Roopa Thapar
Rice University
Title: “Molecular characterization of novel mammalian exonucleases that regulate microRNA mediated mRNA decay”

January 17, 2013
Room S3.8005A/B
Dr. Patrick C. Cirino
University of Houston
Title: “Engineered regulatory proteins as novel gene switches and molecular reporters in high-throughput biocatalyst screening”

November 15, 2012
Room S3.8003A/B
Dr. Alemayehu (Alex) Gorfe
The University of Texas Medical School – Houston

October 18, 2012
GSBS Large Classroom, BSRB S3.8371
Speaker: Jesus Gerardo Galaz Montoya
Baylor College of Medicine
Title: “Automation of single particle tomography cryoEM in EMAN2”

September 20, 2012
Room S3.8003A/B
Dr. Cindy Benod
University of Houston/Methodist
Title: “LRH-1 is a pharmacological target for pancreatic cancer: proof of concept”

May 17, 2012
Choel Kim, Ph.D. 
Baylor College of Medicine

April 19, 2012
Robert Fox, Ph.D.
University of Houston

March 15, 2012
Qian Wang
University of Houston
Title: “Protein stability and folding thermodynamics in the cell-like environment”

February 16, 2012
Dr. Michael R. Diehl
Rice University

January 26, 2012
Christy Landes
Rice University
Title: “Single Biomolecule Spectroscopy: Challenges and Some Solutions”

November 17, 2011
John Ladbury, Ph.D.
CBSF Director
Stefan Arold, Ph.D.
Investigator, Structural Biology
Todd Link, Ph.D.
Lab Manager, Protein Production Group
Loren Stagg, Ph.D.
Investigator, Protein Biophysics
MD Anderson
Title: “CBSF: Bridging the structural/biophysical gap for Houston area biologists”

October 20, 2011
Dr. John Bruning
Rice University
Title: “Streamlining Estrogen Receptor alpha Structural Biology”

September 22, 2011
Dr. Rafael Counago
University of Queensland, Australia
Title: “Crystallography from down under: the structural basis for broad specificity of a poxviral chemokine binding protein”

June 16, 2011
Dr. Kasia Walkiewicz
Rice University
Title: “Correlating changes in structure and function of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron TetX2 fitness during adaption to minocycline”

May 19, 2011
Sai Hari Gandham
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Title: “Designing Novel Class of Aptamers for Specific Protein Targets”

April 21, 2011
Dr. Kevin R. MacKenzie
University of Houston
Title: “One lobe or two? Using NMR to explore modes of calmodulin and calmodulin-like protein binding to the targets RYR1 and myosin VI”

March 24, 2011
Dr. Senapathy Rajagopalan
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Title: “Structural Characterization of a Novel Transcriptional Regulator - Iron Sulfer Cluster Regulator (IscR)”

February 17, 2011
Dr. John S. McMurray
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Title: “Converting phosphopeptides into phosphatase-stable cell-penetrating peptide prodrugs to target SH2 domains in intact cells”

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