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Life Science
Research Symposium III

October 28, 2011
Life Science Research Building
D'Ambra Auditoeium
University at Albany
SUNY Albany, NY



This symposium is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Psychology, and the Offices of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Graduate studies.
Special thanks to GenScript for generous funding of the awards for Best Speakers and Best Poster.
Symposium Organizers: Drs. Ewan McNay, Behavioral Neuroscience and Haijun Chen, Biological Sciences.

9:00 AM - 9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Prof. Albert Millis, Director of Life Sciences
Prof. Edelgard Wulfert, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Session I Talks

9:15 – 9:30       Galus Takor (Welch lab, Chemistry)Folding of genetically engineered chimeric polypeptide: Implications for amyloidosis.

9:30 – 9:45       Jiah Pearson-Leary (McNay lab, Behavioral Neuroscience) A novel role for insulin-regulated glucose transporter-4 in hippocampal glucose metabolism and memory.

9:45 – 10:00      Abhijit Jadhav (Musah lab, Biological Sciences) Can Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type -1 outsmart nucleic acid-based therapeutics?

10:00 – 10:15    Dmitry Kurouski (Lednev lab, Chemistry) Degradation of amyloid fibrils under mild conditions by archaeal chaperonins.

10:15 – 10:30    Mohammad Qneibi (Niu lab, Chemistry) Study of 2, 3-Benzodiazepine ompounds as AMPA Receptor Inhibitors.

10:30 – 10:45    Coffee Break
Session II Talks

10:45 – 11:00    Leslie Sandusky (McNay lab, Behavioral grad student 5th year) Metabolic alterations in the amygdala during consolidation and reconsolidation of an inhibitory avoidance task.

11:00 – 11:15    Jason Seeley (Welch lab, Chemistry Res. Scientist) Expression and purification of LMJF 25.1770 and LMJF 34.0010, enoyl and keto reductases from Leishmaina major.

11:15 – 11:30    Sarah Peters (Larsen lab, Biological Science grad student 5th) Microenvironmental Rigidity Regulates Mouse Salivary Gland Development.

11:30 – 11:45    Brian Callahan (Belfort lab, Biological Science Grad student Senior) Musah Catalytically Competent Intein Caught in a Redox Trap.

11:45 – 12:00    Nakesha Smith (Theimer lab, Biological Grad student) Sheppard Structure-function studies of the B. subtilis preQ1 riboswitch.

12:00 – 1:30  Lunch and Poster Session
Session III Talks

1:30 - 1:45        Jari Willing (Wagner lab, Behavioral Neuroscience Grad Student 4th year)
The Role of Progesterone Receptor in Development of the Mesocortical Dopaminergic pathway.

1:45 -  2:00       Danielle Osborne (Behavioral Neuroscience 4th year grad student) Shekhtman  Acute and Chronic HPA Inhibition Improves Cognition while Disinhibition Accelerates Age-Related Cognitive Decline.  

2:00 - 2:15        Beatriz Bolivar Acosta (Welch lab, Chemistry Postdoc) 5-Cl Pyrazinamide, a pyrazinamide analog that binds to human SIRT6.

2:15 - 2:30       Charles Manhardt (Larsen lab, Biological Postdoc) Using a Multiplexing Approach to Study Cell Populations in Embryonic Salivary Gland Development.

2:30 - 2:45       Will Cantara (Agris lab, Biological Science Grad Student 5th year) RNA Modifications: Roles in structure and dynamics.

2:45 - 3:00       Refreshment break

Session IV Talks

3:00 - 3:15        Jackie Washington (Shektman lab, Chemistry Grad student) Peptide Aptamers against PUP, a new approach to fight Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

3:15 - 3:30       Yuanyuan Liu (Szaro lab, Biological Science Grad Student 3rd year) A Critical Role for the RNA-Binding Protein hnRNP K in Successful Optic Axon Regeneration.

3:30 - 3:45       Matt Mitchell (Gonder lab, Biological Science MS student)
Population genetics of chimpanzees at the SIVcpz+/- boundary.

3:45 - 4:00       Vitali Sikirzhytski (Lednev lab, Chemistry Grad Student)
Phenomenological scaling approach in the 2D Correlation Spectroscopy analysis of fibrillation process.

4:00 - 4:10        Judges briefly confer.
4:10 - 4:30        Awards: best speakers and best poster.
4:30 - 5:00        Informal discussion and socializing.
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