8th Annual CBSD CoBRE Research Symposium

The 8th Annual CBSD Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) Research Symposium was hosted at the University of Montana's University Center (UC) in Missoula, MT, Sept. 13-14, 2019. The annual research symposium provides us an opportunity to come together as a research community to discuss the latest research in our laboratories supported by CBSD. The Symposium includes lectures by Project Leaders who are supported by the CBSD NIH CoBRE grant and a selection of short talks by pilot project leaders and graduate students. We especially encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a poster session. We also have presentations about our Computational, X-ray, and BioSpectroscopy Core Facilities so attendees can learn more about how these facilities can help take their research projects in new directions.

An agenda is included below.

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

schedule of events for Friday, Sept. 13, 2019




12 - 1:30 p.m. Private session: Orientation meeting for External Advisory Committee (EAC), Bruce Bowler and Stephen Sprang Finn and Porter
1:30 p.m. Registration for all participants UC Meeting Room Foyer
Poster presentation set up UC 332-333
2 - 2:30 p.m. Opening remarks, CBSD Director, Stephen Sprang UC 330-331
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Poster Preview Talks (Moderator: Cindee Yates-Hansen)

  • Miyuki Hayashi (Chemistry)
  • Yan Li (Chemistry)
  • Levi McClelland (CBSD)
  • Bethany Shetler (Chemistry)
  • Cora Stegmann (DBS)
  • Xiaobo Wang (DBS)
  • Feng Yi (BMED)
UC 330-331
3:45 - 4 p.m. Break
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Poster Session

  • Group 1 presents 4 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Group 2 presents 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Group assignments and poster titles are included below.

UC 332-333
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m. Dinner for participants Rumour Restaurant - Room 918 (1855 Stephens Ave.)


Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

schedule of events for Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019




8:30 - 9 a.m. Open session: Core Facilities Presentation, CBSD Associate Director, Bruce Bowler UC 330-331
9 - 9:45 a.m.

Open session: Year 8 Pilot Project Presentations

UC 330-331
9:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Open session: Year 8 and 9 Investigator Presentations

UC 330-331
12:15 p.m. Adjourn general session UC 330-331
12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 - 2 p.m. Private Lunch Meeting: UM Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship (VPRCS), EAC and IAC Members UC Alumni Boardroom (UC 329)
2 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Private session: Core Facility Roundtable. This session is intended for the Core Facility Managers, Directors, IAC and EAC Members UC Alumni Boardroom (UC 329)
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Private breakout session: EAC Members and Year 8-9 Investigators UC Alumni Boardroom (UC 329)

Poster Session Presentations (Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in UC 332-333)

  1. Nicholas Day (DBS) Investigating the role of the dynein motor in the activation of the MAP kinase pathway
  2. Camilla de Mattos (DBS) Signaling of Pf4 bacteriophage in its host, Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  3. Miyuki Hayashi (Chemistry) Investigating Interactions between Rift Valley Fever Virus Nucleocapsid Protein and Host Small Non-coding RNA
  4. Laura Jennings (DBS) P. aeruginosa polysaccharides promote chronic cystic fibrosis infections
  5. Jean-Marc Lanchy (DBS) Put Some Dynamics in your Biomolecular Studies: applications and benefits of agent-based modeling
  6. Yan Li (Chemistry) A Highly Reactive CoIII,IV2(μ-O)2 Diamond Core Complex that Cleaves Aliphatic C-H Bonds
  7. Levi McClelland (CBSD) Guanine nucleotide exchange factor Ric8A bound to Gα
  8. Emily Osterli (DBS) Protein complex assembly between signalosome subunit CSN-5 and stem cell regulators FBF-1 and FBF-2
  9. Caleb Schwartzkopf (DBS) Phage/Bacterial Interactions in a Human Pathogen
  10. Bethany Shetler (Chemistry) Development of Nanodisc Affinity Capillary Electrophoresis to Characterize Cytochrome C Interactions with Lipid Bilayers Comprising Cardiolipin
  11. Cora Stegmann (DBS) The gH/gL/gO complex is important for the very first step of human cytomegalovirus infection
  12. Xiaobo Wang (DBS) FBF-1 and FBF-2 coordinatedly regulate germline stem and progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation in Caenorhabditis elegans
  13. Luke White (DBS) Role of splicing factor TRA2-B in Rift Valley fever virus-induced alternative splicing
  14. Feng Yi (BMED) Functional and pharmacological properties of triheteromeric GluN1/2B/2D NMDA receptors
  1. Elizabeth Arrigali (BMED) Development of dual-action topical therapeutics for cytomegalovirus-induced hearing loss
  2. Dustin Becht (Chemistry) Mutational Analysis of Residual Structure in a Denatured Helical Protein
  3. Maya Dahlgren (BMED) Itch Blockade and Immune Modulation Through T-Type Calcium Channels
  4. Ariel Frederick and Zahra Vakharia (Chemistry) Investigating Co-evolving Mutations on the Omega Loops of Cytochrome c
  5. Jake Johnston (Chemistry) Cryo-EM study of a cytosolic guanine exchange factor, the Ric8A:gia complex
  6. Vikash Kumar (Chemistry) Structure function characterization of FXR
  7. Yubin Kwon (Chemistry) Generation, Characterization & Reactivity of Putative High-Valent Cobalt-Oxo Species
  8. Jacob Leatherwood (BMED) PPARd panel for HEKa,n cell lines
  9. Michelle Nemetchek (BMED) Characterizing the Interaction between PPARγ and NFKBIB
  10. Precious Ann Nepomuceno (Chemistry) The Effect of Interdomain Interactions on the Structure and Stability of the Eleventh Type III Domain from Human Fibronectin
  11. Daniel Olson (Computer Science) Finding words in protein sequences
  12. Asia-Marie Riel and Eric John (Chemistry) Synthetic Anion Transporters Utilizing Hydrogen Bond Enhanced Halogen Bonds
  13. Mike Rothfuss (Chemistry) Exploiting Protein Fragments to Predict Structural Stability
  14. Elizabeth Sather (BMED) Measuring Protein Conformations with EPR Spectroscopy
  15. Matthew Sydor (BMED) Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide Nanomaterials Change Lipid Order and Increase Permeability in Model Systems