A collection of lab related news items, some research related, some not:
Review article accepted by Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dr. Hughes’ review article “A Compendium of Chemical and Genetic Approaches to Light Regulated Gene Transcription” is currently in production and will appear in CRBMB soon!
CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT GRADUATION 2018 featured lab member Abu Kuyateh as one of two student speakers. Nice work Abu!
Abu Kuyateh speaks at the Department of Chemistry Graduation Ceremony held on Saturday, May 5th.
ECU Research & Creative Activity Week Presentations March 26 & 28
Congratulations to all who presented as part of ECU RCAW!
Abu-Bakarr Kuyateh March 26, 2018 Graduate Symposium
Jessica Norris March 28, 2018 Undergraduate Symposium
Colby Godwin March 28, 2018 Undergraduate Symposium
Nathaneal Green March 28, 2018 Undergraduate Symposium
Will Taylor March 28, 2018 Undergraduate Symposium
3D Printed Labware
ECU undergraduate researcher Nathaneal Green proposed a solution to the lab’s sub-optimal (that’s being nice) cardboard stand for chromatography columns……ECU’s 3D printing lab (3Dprinting@ECU). Nate designed his own prototype online and had the model printed using one of the 3D printers in Joyner Library. Below are photos of Nate with his invention and the prototype in action (we’re hoping for a 3D printed centrifuge next – keep it up Nate!):
Norris and Hughes article accepted for publication by FEBS OpenBio
In the forthcoming article “protaTETHER: A method for the incorporation of variable linkers in protein fusions reveals impacts of linker flexibility in a PKAc-GFP fusion protein“, Norris & Hughes describe a straightforward cloning method for the implementation and evaluation of focused linker libraries in protein fusions. The Hughes lab is currently utilizing this method to develop optimized protein fusions for biotech applications. Read more here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2211-5463.12414/full
CONGRATS TO JACOB AND COLBY ON THEIR ADMISSION TO DENTAL SCHOOL!
ECU Seniors Colby Godwin and Jacob Burch were notified of their acceptance to dental school in early December. They are not pictured below.
GODWIN PRESENTS AT SERMACS
Colby presented his research at SERMACS 2017 in Charlotte, NC. Also present at the meeting were lab members Jessica Norris, Nathan Green, and Abu Kuyateh.
ONE YEAR AGO – NEW KID IN TOWN
Dr. Hughes quoted in Daily Reflector @ Wahl-Coates Elementary School Open House:
FALL 2016 – Research by Hughes, et al published in Angewandte Chemie and featured by C&E News:
Also featured by other science-oriented websites:
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD @ Wahl-Coates Elementary School
Yes, it is true…….a dynamic duo of Wahl-Coates Elementary students garnered FIRST PLACE in the fiercely competitive MARSHMALLOW CATAPULT event held in the spring of 2017 @ J.H. Rose High School.
Here’s a link to a Facebook post featuring work with Wahl-Coates Science Olympiad participants:
ACS – San Francisco – Spring 2017
Despite being badly in need of a haircut, Dr. Hughes soldiered on and presented a poster at the ACS San Francisco meeting. While in San Francisco, he also had to purchase a new pair of shoes. But that’s a story for another time.
The Hughes lab was fortunate to receive a doctoral new investigator award from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF). With these funds, we’ll be undertaking a rational design approach to the development of biocatalysts for asymmetric transformations in non-aqueous media.
Undergraduate George Hoffmann received a CURE Award from the ECU Department of Chemistry to support his optogenetics project.
Out and About
Masters student Abu-Bakarr Kuyateh represented the Chemistry Department at the What’s Up Bio? event sponsored by the ECU Department of Biology. Pictured below are Abu (Hughes lab graduate student) and Katie (Spuches Lab graduate student). Thanks guys!