2022 Inaugural Chemical Biology Symposium


Biomedical Sciences Symposium

The inaugural Chemical Biology Symposium was held October 21-22, 2022 and was attended by over 100 people.  Friday featured Graduate Training in Chemical Biology student presentations and a keynote address by Dr. Nozomi Ando from Cornell University.  Saturday included presentations by Dr. Jimmy Ballard (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center), CBID scientists and other selected scientists.  A poster session concluded the symposium.

Symposium Information

Keynote Speaker

Nozomi AndoDr. Nozomi Ando
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Cornell University

Presentation title: "Evolution of an Ancient Allosteric Enzyme"

Invited Speaker

Jimmy BallardDr. Jimmy Ballard
Professor and Chairman
George Lynn Cross Research Professor
PI/Director, Oklahoma Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunity, CoBRE
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Presentation title: "Suppressing Toxin Receptor Expression During C. difficile Infection"

Symposium Awardees

Oral Presentation Award Winners

  • Lightning Talks: Matt Zupan (Mentor: Meredith Hartley, KU Chemistry)
  • Special Award: Sahida Afroz (Mentor: Dan Dixon, KU Molecular Biosciences)

Poster Award Winners

  • Erick McCloskey (Mentor: David Davido, KU Molecular Biosciences)
  • Brielle McKee (Mentor: Josie Chandler, KU Molecular Biosciences)
  • Naviya Schuster-Little (Mentor: Rebecca Whelan, KU Chemistry)
  • Blanca Rodriguez (Mentor: Josie Chandler, KU Molecular Biosciences)
  • Aprajita Tripathi (Mentor: Kalyani Pyaram, KSU Division of Biology)

Awardees Group Picture

2022 Chemical Biology Symposium Awardees

Awardees (from left to right) Erick McCloskey, Naviya Schuster-Little, Matt Zupan, Blanca Rodriguez, Brielle McKee, and Aprajita Tripathi with Dr. Brian Ackley (Sahida Afroz not pictured).

This symposium is possible through support from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences CoBRE in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (P20GM113117), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Graduate Training in Chemical Biology (T32-GM132061) and the Higuchi Biosciences Center.

Aerial view of the Campanile at sunset