07/18|Congrats - Jeremy has accepted a faculty position in Utah!
We would like to congratulate Jeremy on landing a faculty position at Dixie State University in Utah!!! While he was debating academics vs industry, he ultimately decided that teaching was something he enjoyed immensely and we wish him all the best on his transition to his newly acquired faculty position. Best wishes on the next 'phase' of your career!
06/18|Congrats to Lindsey and Catherine on their poster presentation at the 2018 HHMI SEA-PHAGES symposium
Congrats to Lindsey and Catherine (local SEA-PHAGES w/ Kari Clase) on being selected to represent Purdue University at the annual HHMI SEA-PHAGES symposium at Janelia Farm! They presented work from Nick's incoming freshman lab course First Year Research Experience: Phages to Folds and Dr. Clase's SEA-PHAGES course. Together, they presented a pipeline for the isolation and annotation of phages to initial structural characterization of a set of phage genes from the first phage isolated here at Purdue called MrGordo.
06/18|Karthik, Runrun, Bob, and Luying attend the CCP4 Workshop at APS
Congrats to Karthik, Runrun, Bob, and Luying for being selected to participate in the annual CCP4 Workshop at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. The CCP4 Workshop is a hands-on intensive course in X-ray crystallography covering theory to practice, from crystallization to data collection to data processing to structure determination and validation. Special thanks to Qingping, Kristin, and all the instructors for a fantastic experience for our labmates!
05/18|The Noinaj Lab is awarded our first R01!!
After many attempts, we finally receive our first R01 from NIH/NIGMS to study the structure and function of the TOC complex in chloroplasts! This is a model system for protein import across membranes which is conserved from bacteria to higher eukaryotes, particularly with mitochondria and plastids where a far majority of proteins much be imported. Our goal is to use X-ray crystallography and cryoEM to fully characterize the structure of the TOC complex and to then use this information to decipher exactly how the TOC complex is able to mediate protein import.