Congratulations to David Koes and his collaborator Partha Roy! Their proposal to study small molecule inhibition of profilin was funded by CTSI.
Our specific aim is to combine computationally-driven rational design with functional assays to discover potent and drug-like small molecules that interfere with the binding of profilin to actin and have anti-migratory and anti-angiogenic effects on endothelial cells. Successful completion of the proposed study will potentially translate to novel therapies for angiogenesis-associated diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, cancer, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.
The department celebrated the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st with eclipse-themed snacks: moon pies, starbursts, eclipse gum, milky ways, and sun chips. We watched the eclipse move to 80% totality with our snappy Bill Nye glasses!
Joe Ayoob and Emily Furbee were selected as a Fellow-Mentor team in the PALM network from the American Society for Cell Biology.
Emily will be learning how to incorporate active learning and teaching strategies into a class that she will be teaching at Washington and Jefferson College.
For more information, visit: http://www.ascb.org/palm/.
Several members of the Department of Computational and Systems Biology participated in the 18th International Conference on Systems Biology.
Dr. Jianhua Xing delivered a plenary talk titled: “Multi-objective Optimization in Biology and Biomedicine”
Members of the Lezon and Xing labs also gave four contributed talks and a number of posters.
The next conference will be hold at Lyon, France in year 2018. More info can be found here: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/icsb2017/welcome.html
The conference Twitter page can be found here: https://twitter.com/ICSB2017.
Dr. Ayoob was approved as a Master Mentor by the National Research Mentoring Network.
NRMN is an online mentoring resource supported by the NIH increase the diversity of the biomedical workforce.
Interested in becoming a mentor?
Sign up here: https://nrmnet.net/