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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry hosts a seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty, and invited guests) discussing their research within the field of chemistry.  These presentations are free and open to the public.  

Click here to view previous semester's seminar schedules. 

Upcoming Seminar:


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - CP 253, 3:30PM

Structure and Mechanism of Deubiquitinases (DUBs) in Parkinson’s Disease and Infection

Dr. Chittaranjan Das
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

Ubiquitination is a protein destruction scheme that is essential to maintenance of a healthy proteome. Being a reversible modification, protein ubiquitination is balanced by the opposing activity of deubiquitinases (DUBs), enzymes that remove ubiquitin from protein targets. Mutations in DUBs are liked to a variety of diseases including Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore, bacterial DUBs have been described that play important roles in helping bacteria survive and establish infection. I will describe our work on structure (using x-ray crystallography) and mechanism of some of these enzymes. I will cover two examples showing how structural and biochemical studies on these enzymes can provide unexpected surprises and novel insights into their biological function.

   

Spring 2017 Semester Seminar Schedule:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dr. Chittaranjan Das
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

"Structure and Mechanism of Deubiquitinases (DUBs) in Parkinson’s Disease and Infection"

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Tian Tian
Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
Earlham College, Richmond, IN

"Nanofabrication: A Molecular Approach for Surface Engineering and Material Characterization"


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Muzyka
Centre College


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dr. Thomas Magliery
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Graduate Studies, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ohio State University

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dr. James Poole
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Ball State University

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dr. Michael S. VanNieuwenhze
Indiana University, Bloomington