July 2018, Masters Defense. Congratulations to Regan Esposito on defending her Masters Thesis!
July 2018, Lab Wedding. Congratulations to M. Lee Cato on getting married to his wife, Sarah.
May 2018, New Graduate Students. Welcome to M. Lee Cato (BCDB graduate program) and Sam Druzak (MSP graduate program), the newest members of the Ortlund Lab.
May 2018, New Travel Award.Congratulations to Dr. Denise Okafor who has been selected as a recipient of the Hans Neurath Outstanding Promise Travel Award to attend the 32nd Annual Symposium of The Protein Society. Sponsored by the Hans Neurath Foundation, the award is of their highest prestige and includes recognition during the plenary session on July 11th.
May 2018, New Grant. Dr. Denise Okafor was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund “Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI)” grant. This award provides $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. The BWF CASI program supports exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/ computational sciences and the biological sciences. Denise is in Dr. Eric Ortlund’s lab and will use molecular dynamics to investigate how evolution shaped the allosteric networks within steroid hormone receptors to generate new ligand specificity. Congrats Denise!
May 2018, New Lab Baby! Jen Colucci and her husband welcomed a baby boy on May 9th, 2018. Welcome to the lab, Franco Althoff!
April 2018, Award. Congratulations to Suzanne Mays for winning the Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Program Scholar of the Year!
April 2018, Award. Congratulations to Suzanne Mays for winning the "Best Poster" award at the 2018 SER-CAT Conference.
April 2018, New Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Anna Ivanaova (Emory Integrated Lipidomics Core) on having her project “Serum Lipidomics of Pregnant African American Women Exposed to Environmental Toxicants” selected for funding as part of the HERCULES Center’s Pilot Project Core!
March 2018, New Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Denise Okafor on being awarded The Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship!
March 2018, New Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Eric Ortlund and Dr. Denise Okafor on being awarded an NIH R01 Diversity Supplement Grant!
March 2018, Fellowship Finalist. Congraultions to Dr. Denise Okafor on being selected as a finalist for The Burroughs Wellcome fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI)!
January 2018, Travel Awards. Congratulations to Xu Liu and Matt Tillman, who were both awarded Travel Awards to attend the 2018 ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego!
January 2018, New Lab Baby! Kristal Maner-Smith and her husband welcomed a baby girl on January 19th, 2018. Welcome to the lab, Celine Smith!
January 2018, New Lab Baby! Matt Tillman and his wife welcomed a baby boy on January 12th, 2018. Welcome to the lab, Elijah Tillman!
November 2017, Selected Speaker. Congratulations to Dr. Denise Okafor on being selected to give a talk at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Charlotte, NC.
October 2017, Selected Speaker. Congratulations to Dr. Denise Okafor on being selected to give a talk at The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) in Minneapolis, MN.
October 2017, New Lab Member. Welcome to Dr. Elizabeth Millings, who will be a joint postdoc between the Ortlund and Calvert Labs.
September 2017, Award. Congratulations to Dr. Ortlund, who was selected to receive the 2017 Mentor of the Year Award for the Office of Postdoctoral Education.
September 2017, Honor. Congratulations to Dr. Ortlund, who was honored by Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee.
September 2017, New Lab Baby! Xu Liu and his wife welcomed a baby girl on September 4th, 2017. Welcome to the lab, Zoey Liu!
July 2017, Award and Selected Presentation. Congratulations to Dr. Denise Okafor and Matt Tillman on being selected for Travel Awards to the 2017 Protein Society conference in Montreal, Canada. Denise and Matt were also selected to give poster presentations at the conference.
June 2017, New Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Xu Liu on being awarded an AHA Fellowship.
May 2017, Selected Speaker. Congratulations to Suzanne Mays, who was selected as a speaker at this years American Crystallography Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.
May 2017, New Lab Member. Welcome to Emma D'Agostino, newest member of the Ortlund Lab and a second year BCDB student.
May 2017, Ph.D. Defense. Congratulations to Dr. Emily Rye Weikum on successfully defending her PhD thesis!
April 2017, Selected Presentation. Congratulations to Dr. Denise Okafor on being selected to present a poster at the 2017 ASBMB Conference.
April 2017, New LabMember.Welcome to Emily Winne, who will be the new research assistant in the Emory Integrated Lipidomics Core.
April 2017, Selected Presentation. Congratulations to Ayushi Sharma, who gave an excellent poster presentation at the Emory Undergraduate Research Symposium.
March 2017, Travel Award. Congratulations to Suzanne Mays, who was awarded a travel grant to attend the 2017 American Crystallography Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.
January 2017, Award. Congratulations to Jenny Merrit, who was awarded the "Aubrey Gorbman Award" for best student talk in the Division of Comparative Endocrinology at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Suzanne Mays and Dr. Ortlund were co-authors.
January 2017, New Lab Baby! Emily Rye Weikum and her husband welcomed a baby boy on January 10th, 2017. Welcome to the lab, Kellan Weikum!
January 2017, Travel Award. Dr. Denise Okafor was awarded a travel award to attend this years ASBMB conference in Chicago, Illinois.
January 2017, New Grant.Congratulations to Dr. Eric Ortlund for being awarded a $13.6M grant in collaboration with Georgia Tech to study lipidomic changes as a result of exercise! MoTrPAC
January 2017, Selected Speaker.Dr. Denise Okafor was selected to give a talk for FIRST postdocs at Emory University.
December 2017, New LabBaby! Dr. Filipp Frank and his wife welcomed a baby boy on December 30th, 2016. Welcome to the lab, Leon Frank!
December 2016, Journal Cover!Suzanne Mays and Denise Okafor co-authored a paper in JBC that was selected as journal article of the week for December 2016 and was featured on the cover of the journal.
September 2016, Selected Presentations. Emily Weikum and Jen Colucci were each invited to present their research at the 2016 Evolutionary Biology Conference in Marseilles, France. Dr. Eric Ortlund also attended the conference.
June 2016, New Grant. Congratulations to the Ortlund and Jones Lab on receiving a grant from the Emory Children’s Center for Transplantation and Immune-mediated Disorders (CTID) to understand how the microbiome rewires lipid and metabolic signaling in neonates
June 2016, New Lab Members. Welcome to our two summer SIRE students! They will work with Dr. Denise Okafor to run MD simulations on NR complexes.
May 2016, New Grant. Congratulations to Suzanne Mays on being awarded an NRSA F31!
March 2016, Award. Congratulations to Emily Weikum on being awarded the Alec Hodel Research Achievement Award by Graduate Program, Emory University
March 2016, Ph.D. Defense. Congratulations to Jeffrey Kohn for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis!
March 2016, PES Fellowship. Congratulations to Dr. Mireille El Bejjani on being awarded the 2016 Research Fellowship Award from the Pediatric Endocrine Society for her proposal entitled "The role of soluble lipid transport proteins in modulating the metabolic effects of LRH-1”!
March 2016, New Lab Member. Welcome to our new post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Filipp Frank!
March 2016, Selected Speaker. Congratulations to Emily Weikum on being selected to give a talk at the 2016 SER-CAT Symposium!
March 2016, Poster Awards. Congraulations to Dr. Mike Tuntland and Suzanne Mays for winning co-first place at the 2016 SER-CAT Symposium poster session! Congratulations to Matt Tillman for winning second place at the 2016 SER-CAT Symposium poster session!
February 2016, New Grant. Congratulations to the Ortlund Lab on being awarded a grant from the Barth Syndrome Foundation to perform "Structural Studies of human tafazzin”!
January 2016, New Award. Congratulations to Emily Weikum for winning 1st place in the GDBBS DSAC Symposium!
October 2015, Ph.D. Defense. Congratulations to Will Hudson for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! Will has taken a post doc position at Emory University.
July 2015, New Fellowhip. Congratulations to Emily Weikum for earning a NIH F31 NRSA!
May 2015, Invited Representative. Congratulations to Emily Weikum who was selected as a representative for the American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to advocate for scientific research funding to the U.S. Congress
March 2015, Travel Award. Congratulations to Emily Weikum on being awarded Travel Grant to Present Poster at ASBMB Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
January 2015, New Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Eric Ortlund who was recently awarded a W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Reserach Grant centered on using ancient proteins to understand gene regulation!
October 2014, Poster Award. Congratulations to Emily Rye on being awarded overall Best Poster at University of Alabama Birmingham’s Structural Symposium.
July 2014, Award Congratulations to Emily Rye for her acceptance to Emory BEST program!
May 2014, New Grant. Congratulations to Dr. Eric Ortlund who was recently awareded an American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid to look at new mechanisms of glucocorticoid-mediated inflamation.
May 2014, New Lab Member. Welcome Austin Herbst as our newest SURE Fellow.
April 2014, Ph.D. Defense. Congratulations to Dr. Paul Musille for successfully defending his Ph.D Thesis! Paul has accepted a potion at NineSigma, Cleveland, OH.
November 2013, Ph.D. Defense. Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Colucci for successfully defending her Ph. D. Thesis! Jen has taken a position at Northside Hospital.
August 2013, ADA Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations to Dr. Kristal-Manor Smith who was awarded a Americal Diabetes Postdoctoral Fellowship.
September 2013,New Lab MembersWe welcome back Christine Youn (former SURE student) and Sam Park to the lab. Both Christine and Sam are Emory Undergraduates participating in the work-study program.
June 2013, Special Recognition. Eric A. Ortlund recieves the American Crystallographic Association Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award.
June 2013, AHA Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations to Will Hudson who was awarded the Americal Heart Association Greater SouthEast Predoctoral Fellowship.
February 2013, Special Recognition. Eric A. Ortlund was selected for the 2013 Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award for Junior Faculty.
October 2012, Research Presention. Congratulations for Will Hudson for his recent presentation at Cold Spring Harbor entitlted "The structural basis of glucocorticoid-mediated transrepression"
December 2012, New Paper in Print. Geeta N. Elick, Jennifer K. Colucci, Michael J. Harms, Eric A. Ortlund, Joseph W. Thornton. Evolution of minimal specificity and promiscuity in steroid hormone receptors. Plos Genetics 8(11) (2012).[PMID:23166518].
May 2012, AHA Predoctoral Fellowship. Congradulations to Paul Musille who was awarded the Americal Heart Association Greater SouthEast Predoctoral Fellowship.
May 2012, New Paper in Print. Paul M. Musille, Manish Pathak, Janelle L. Lauer, William H. Hudson, Patrick R. Griffin, Eric A. Ortlund. Antidiabetic Phospholipid – Nuclear Receptor Complex Reveals the Mechanism for Phospholipid Driven Gene Regulation. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 19, 532-7 (2012).[PMID: 22504882].
New Reseach Highlight. How a potential new diabetes treatment flips its molecular switch can be read here.
May 2012, New Paper in Print. Jeffrey A. Kohn, Kirti Desphande, Eric A. Ortlund. Deciphering modern glucocorticoid cross-pharmacology using ancestral corticosteroid receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry. J Biol Chem (2012).[PMID: 21343241].
September 2012, New Lab Members. We welcome Jordan Valdez and Neal Patel to the lab. Both Jordan and Neal are Emory Undergraduates participating in the work-study program.