CBSF Club Meetings

The CBSF Club is an informal gathering of scientists that meets once a month in the Mitchell Basic Science Research Building at 6767 Bertner St., with an informal reception following. The goal of this meeting is to share the latest ideas and data that pertains to biomolecular structure and function.

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

Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
GSBS Small Classroom, BSRB S3.8367 
Speaker: Yubin Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Title: “CRACing the molecular choreography of store operated calcium entry in cell of the immune system”

Previous Meetings

April 23, 2014
Speaker: Katherine H. Sippel, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Title: “Fun with Neutrons: A Foray into Neutron Protein Crystallography”

March 19, 2014
Speaker: William Dowhan, Ph.D.
The University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Title: “Protein Gymnastics in the Lipid Bilayer: Lipids as Determinants of Protein Structure”

February 19, 2014
Speaker: Sreejesh Shanker, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Title: “Noroviruses and HBGAs: A structural perspective”

January 22, 2014
Speaker: Amadeo B. Biter, Ph.D.
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Title: “Thermofluor-guided protein refolding”

November 21, 2013
Speaker: Muthiah Kumaraswami, Ph.D.
Houston Methodist Hospital
Title: “Mechanistic insights into streptococcal virulence regulation”

October 17, 2013
Speaker: Jun Liu, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Title: “High-throughput cryo-electron tomography: Visualizing molecular machines in cells”

September 19, 2013
Speakers: Ronan O’Brien, Head of MicroCal R&D; Paul Belcher, Development Leader
GE Healthcare
Title: “Affinity and Beyond: From screened fragments to optimized leads with Label Free”

April 18, 2013
Dr. Ankur Dhanik
Rice University
Title: “Modeling of Molecular Motion and Interactions for Drug Design”

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

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

January 17, 2013
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
Dr. Alemayehu (Alex) Gorfe
The University of Texas Medical School – Houston

October 18, 2012
Speaker: Jesus Gerardo Galaz Montoya
Baylor College of Medicine
Title: “Automation of single particle tomography cryoEM in EMAN2”

September 20, 2012
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”

Protein Production

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology