The list below is an archive of "Latest News" that featured on the Conn Lab homepage at Emory since 2010:
January 2018, Presentations: BCDB students Zane Laughlin and Sam Schwartz present posters on their latest research at the 2018 Emory Division Student Advisory Council (DSAC) symposium.
June 2017, Fellowship Success: Sam Schwartz is awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship (F31) from NIH/NIAID for her project on dsRNA regulation of OAS1. Way to go Sam!
May 2017, New Lab Member: Postdoc Meisam Nosrati joins the lab – welcome Meisam!
May 2017, Presentations: Brenda Calderon presents her work on the cellular non-coding RNA nc886 at the ASBMB meeting in Chicago, in both the post and oral sessions.
May 2017, Paper Published: Kellie Vinal's paper on the molecular mechanism of 30S recognition by the pathogen-associated aminoglycoside-resistance methyltransferase NpmA is published in Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Congrats Kellie!
May 2017, New Lab Member: BCDB graduate student Zane Laughlin joins the lab for his thesis research – welcome (back) Zane!
May 2017, New Lab Member: Undergraduate Esther Park (Biochemistry major at Syracuse University) joins the lab for some summer research working with graduate student Sam Schwartz.
April 2017, Paper Published: Brenda Calderon’s paper on the human non-coding RNA 886 (nc886) and PKR is published in the April issue of RNA. Congrats Brenda!
April 2017, Funding News: The lab is awarded an Emory University Research (URC) grant to continue their work on RNA regulation of 2’,5’-oligoadenylate synthetase 1 (OAS1).
March 2017, Exam Success: BCDB student Sam Schwartz passes her BCDB Part 2 Qualification Exam. Congratulations Sam!!
February 2017, Paper Published: A paper on the Mycobacterium tuberculosis methyltransferase TlyA by former lab members and co-first authors Emily Kuiper and Marta Witek is published in the J. Biol. Chem. RNA.
December 2016, Moving On: Dr. Emily Kuiper leaves the lab to start her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Wayne A. Marasco’s group at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Good luck Emily!
November 2016, Thesis Defense: MMG graduate student Kellie Vinal successfully defended her
November 2016, New Lab Member: BCDB student Zane Laughlin joins the lab for one of his BCDB Program rotations.
September 2016, New Lab Member: BCDB student Becca Giuntoli joins the lab for one of her BCDB Program rotations.
July 2016, New Publication: Graeme’s paper with BCDB faculty colleagues describing the Program’s scientific writing course is published in Traffic!
July 2016, Thesis Defense: BCDB graduate student Emily Kuiper successfully defended her
July 2016, New Award: Graduate student Sam Schwartz is appointed to the BCDB Program’s NIH T32 training grant. Congrats Sam!
April 2016, New Lab Member: BCDB graduate student Samantha Schwartz joins the lab – welcome (back) Sam!
February 2016, Paper Published: Our paper in collaboration with Joanna Goldberg’s Lab (Emory University) on the P.aeruginosamethyltransferase EftM is published in the JBC. Congratulations to co-first authors Emily Kuiper and Josh Owings (Goldberg Lab), and everyone else involved!
January 2016, Review Article Published: Former graduate student Ginny Vachon’s review on adenovirus VA
January 2016, Paper Published: Postdoc Marta Witek’s paper on the aminoglycoside-resistance methyltransferase from C.
January 2016, Paper Published: Laís Corrêa’s paper on the pathogen-derived m7G1405 aminoglycoside-resistance methyltransferases is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Congratulations Laís!
December 2015, Paper Accepted: Our paper in collaboration with Joanna Goldberg’s Lab (Emory University) on the P. aeruginosa methyltransferase EftM was accepted for publication in JBC. Congratulations to co-first authors Emily Kuiper and Josh Owings (Goldberg Lab), and everyone else involved!
December 2015,Farewell: Postdoc Marta Witek leaves the lab to start her position as a Research Scientist at Eli Lilly. Good luck Marta – we’ll miss you!
November 2015, Paper Accepted: Laís Corrêa’s paper on the pathogen-derived m7G1405 aminoglycoside-resistance methyltransferases is accepted for publication in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Congratulations Laís!
November 2015, Paper Accepted: Postdoc Marta Witek’s paper on the aminoglycoside-resistance methyltransferase from C. acidiphilia is accepted for publication in Nucleic Acids Research. Congratulations Marta!
November 2015, Paper Published: Our paper on PKR domain and interdomain linker function by co-first authors Sunita Subramanian and Sam Schwartz is published in JBC. Congratulations Sunita and Sam!
October 2015, Paper Published: Our paper on the thiostrepton-resistance methyltransferase Tsr in collaboration with Prof. John Honek’s group is published in FEBS Letters. Congratulations to Cullen Myers (Honek Lab) and second author Emily Kuiper!
September 2015, GDBBSAward: Emily Kuiper is named the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) Graduate Program Scholar of the Year for 2015 - congratulations Emily!
September 2015,Farewell: Visiting PhD student Laís Corrêa returns to Brazil to complete her PhD at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
August 2015, Fellowship Award: BCDB graduate student Brenda Calderon was awarded a fellowship from the ARCS Foundation. Congratulations Brenda!
August 2015,Farewell: Research Specialist Sam Schwartz leaves the lab to start Grad School in the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) Program at Emory. Good luck Sam!
June 2015, Paper Accepted: Ginny Vachon's review on adenovirus VA RNA was accepted for publication in a special issue on non-coding RNAs in Virus Research.
May 2015, Poster Prize: Congratulations to Marta Witek on being awarded a Poster Prize at the Emory 8th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium.
May 2015, Grant News: The renewal of the NIH/NIAID grant supporting our work on the aminoglycoside-resistance rRNA methyltransferases begins this month.
May 2015, Fellowship Award: Congratulations to Brenda Calderon on being awarded a Eugene Gangarosa Laboratory Research Mentoring Fellowship.
April 2015, Poster Prize: Brenda Calderon wins a poster prize in the ASBMB meeting session on RNA Expression and Post-transcriptional Regulatory Events.
March 2015, New Publication: Our paper on the unusual properties of the aminoglycoside-resistance rRNA methyltransferase Kmr is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
March 2015, Meeting presentation: Brenda Calderon receives a full scholarship to attended and give an oral presentation at the Minority Trainee research Forum in San Diego, CA.
March 2015, Thesis Defense: Ginny Vachon successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Vachon!
March 2015, Travel Award: Congratulations to Brenda Calderon who was awarded a Travel Grant for her attendance at the 2015 ASBMB meeting to present a poster on her work on the cellular non-coding RNA nc886.
March 2015, Grant Reviewing: Graeme serves as a member of the NIH/ CSR F13 Infectious Disease and Microbiology study section.
January 2015, New Publication: Ginny Vachon’s paper on the 3’-ssPy motif for OAS1 activation is published in Nucleic Acids Research.
October 2014, Other news: Graeme ends his two-year term as Chair of the American Heart Associations Proteins and Crystallography 2 (PC2) grant review committee.
September 2014, New lab member: Lais Lisboa joins the lab for 12 months as part of her PhD studies in Brasil and supported by a fellowship from CNPq. Welcome Lais!
September 2014, New publication: BCDB student Emily Kuiper’s paper on the thiostrepton-resistance methyltransferase is published in the JBC. Congratulations Emily!
September 2014, New publication: Postdoc Marta Witek’s paper on the m1-A1408 aminoglycoside-resistance methyltransferase family is published in BBA-Proteins & Proteomics. Congratulations Marta!
August 2014, Other news: Graeme is appointed as Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) graduate program.
August 2014, New publication: Jo Linpinsel and Ginny Vachon are first authors on a paper in the JBC revealing the minimal structure of adenovirus VA RNA required to inhibit PKR. Congratulations Jo, Ginny and everyone else involved!
June 2014, Conference presentation: Graduate students Ginny Vachon and Emily Kuiper attend the 2014 RNA Society meeting in Quebec City and present their research.
May 2014, Grant success: an application lead by Dr. William Shafer for a new cross-program NIH T32 grant on “Antimicrobial Resistance and Therapeutic Discovery Training Program (ARTDTP)” is funded! See the ARTDTP website for more details: http://antimicrobialtraining.emory.edu/index.html.
April 2014, New publication: A paper describing the structure-function studies of the 30S subunit-NpmA complex in collaboration with the Dunham lab is published in PNAS. Congrats to all involved!
March 2014, Exam success: BCDB student Brenda Calderon passes her Part II Qualification exam. Congratulations Brenda!
November 2012: Dr. Conn appointed as Chair of the American Heart Association’s Proteins and Crystallography 2 review panel for the 2013-2014 cycles.
October 2012: First year BCDB student Brenda Calderon joins the lab for her second rotation. Welcome Brenda!
October 2012, Qualifying Exam Success: MMG student Kellie Vinal passes her qual exam – congratulations Kellie!
October 2012, Publication: Vachon, V. and Conn, G.L. (2012). In vitro transcription of RNAs for SHAPE analysis. Methods. Mol. Biol., 941, 157-169.
October 2012, Publication: Linpinsel, J.L. and Conn, G.L. (2012). Preparation of Plasmid DNA Template and RNA in vitro Transcription and Purification. Methods. Mol. Biol., 941, 43-58.
October 2012, Book Publication: ‘Recombinant and in vitro RNA synthesis: Methods and Protocols” (Conn, G.L., Editor), Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 941, Humana Press (2012).
September 2012: First year MMG student Samantha Prezioso joins the lab for her first rotation. Welcome Sam!
July 2012: Research Specialist Jo Linpinsel leaves the lab to start Medical School. Good luck Jo – we’ll miss you!
July 2012, Grant Award: Dr. Conn’s grant ‘Structural Studies of PKR regulation by non-coding viral RNA’ (R21-AI097803) from the NIH/ National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is activated.
July 2012, New Lab Member: MMG student Kellie Vinal joins the lab to work on the aminoglycoside-resistance rRNA methyltransferases project. Welcome Kellie!
April 2012: Dr. Conn begins 3-year appointment as Co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Proteins and Crystallography 2 review panel.
March 2012, NSF Honorable Mention: BCDB graduate student Emily Kuiper receives an Honorable Mention award for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program application.
July 2011, Publication: Bryk, R., Wu, K., Raimundo, B.C., Boardman, P.E., Chao, P., Conn, G.L., Anderson, E., Cole, J.L., Duffy, N.P., Nathan C. and Griffin, J.H. (2011). Identification of new inhibitors of protein kinase R guided by statistical modeling. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 21(13), 4108-14. [PMID: 21632247]
June 2011, Journal Cover Highlight: Graduate student Catherine Templeton’s paper on the sweet protein MNEI was featured on the cover of Chemical Senses. Congratulations Cat!
June 2011, Publication: Templeton CM, Ostovar pour S, Hobbs JR, Blanch EW, Munger SD, Conn GL. (2011). Reduced sweetness of a monellin (MNEI) mutant results from increased protein flexibility and disruption of a distant poly-(L-proline) II helix. Chem. Senses, 36(5):425-34. [PMID: 21343241].
May 2011, New Lab Member: BCDB student Emily Kuiper joins the lab. Welcome Emily!
January 2011, Ph.D.Thesis Successes: Graduate students Catherine Templeton and Ping Chao successfully defend their Ph.D. theses in Manchester, UK. Congratulations Cat and Ping!
January 2011, New Lab Member: Dr. Sunita Subramanian joins the lab. Welcome Sunita!
January 2011, Publication: Zelinskaya, N., Rankin, C.R., Macmaster, R., Savic, M. and Conn, G.L. (2010). Expression, purification and crystallization of adenosine 1408 aminoglycoside-resistance rRNA methyltransferases for structural studies. Prot. Exp. Purif. [PMID: PMC2966526].
October 2010, Publication: Launer-Felty, K., Wong, C. J, Wahid, A.M., Conn, G.L. and Cole, J.L. (2010) Magnesium-Dependent Interaction of PKR with Adenovirus VAI RNA, J. Mol. Biol., 402(4), 638-644 [PMID: PMC2980848].
September 2010, New Lab Member: Dr. Pooja Desai joins the lab. Welcome Pooja!
September 2010, Publication: Macmaster, R., Zelinskaya, N., Savic, M., Rankin, C.R. and Conn, G.L. (2010). Structural insights into the function of aminoglycoside-resistance A1408 16S rRNA methyltransferases from antibiotic-producing and human pathogenic bacteria. Nucleic Acids Res., 38(21), 7791-7799 [PMID: PMC2995053].
August 2010, Grant Award: Dr. Conn leads successful application to the National Science Foundation MRI competition for a new automated small cell volume isothermal titration calorimetry instrument (MicroCal Auto-iTC). The new instrument was installed in December.
May 2010, Grant Award: Dr. Conn’s grant ‘RNA Modification and Antibiotic Resistance’ (R01-AI088025) from the NIH/ National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is activated.
May 2010, New Lab Member: Graduate student Ginny Vachon (MMG Program) joins the lab. Welcome Ginny!