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Biochemistry Centennial Celebration

Biochemistry Centennial

Join the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics for an alumni symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Ph.D. in Biochemistry awarded at the University of Minnesota. Hear about the impact the University had on our featured speakers, and their impact on the University.

May 14-15

2-470 Phillips-Wangensteen Building | Minneapolis Campus

1 - 5:30 p.m.



Thursday, May 14

Centennial Symposium

1 - 5:30 p.m.
2-470 Phillips-Wagensteen Building

Welcome & Department History

David Bernlohr, John S. Anderson, Howard Towle

1 p.m.

Dr. Hung-Ying Kao (Ph.D., 1995)

Thesis title: Identification of Prp40, a Novel Essential Yeast Splicing Factor Associated With the U1 snRNP

1:35 p.m.

Dr. Amy Rocklin (Ph.D., 2000)

Thesis title: Structural and Mechanistic Studies of 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid Oxidase

2:10 p.m.

Dr. Venkateswarlu Pothapragada (Ph.D., 1962)

Thesis title: Studies on Fluoride Metabolism and Transport

2:45 p.m.

Dr. Brad Wallar (Ph.D., 2000)

Thesis title: Probing The Interactions Between Component B and The Hydroxylase Of Methane Monooxygenase

3:50 p.m.

Dr. Rebecca Moen (Ph.D., 2013)

Thesis title: Site-directed Modifications of Myosin

4:25 p.m.

Dr. Melanie Simpson (Ph.D., 1997)

Thesis title: Biochemical and Physiological Analysis of the Adipocyte Lipid-binding Protein

5 p.m.

Banquet & Awards Ceremony

*by invitation only

6 - 9 p.m.
Campus Club
Friday, May 15


9 - 10 a.m.
NMR Conference Room, G-205 Mayo

Poster Session

9 - 11 a.m.
NMR Center, G-205 Mayo

Student Presentations

Karl Petersen

“Structural States of the Myosin Motor in Live Cells”

Hongliang (Arthur) Xu

“The Mystery of Bariatric Surgery- Will UCP2 Be The Answer”

Brett Anderson

“HIV-1 uses two mechanisms to subvert restriction by the APOBEC family of DNA deaminases”

Aunica Kane

“Bioremediation of Methylmercury Using Encapsulated E. coli Harboring the mer Operon”

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
NMR Conference Room, G-205 Mayo

Campus Tours

12 p.m.
Minneapolis and
St. Paul

Morris Blish received the first Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1915. Read Blish's thesis: On the chemical constitution of the proteins of wheat flour and its relation to baking strength