The mission of the Interdisciplinary Life Science Consortium (ILSC) is to foster a culture of interdisciplinary research in life sciences and to act as a catalyst for promoting interaction, exchanging of ideas and collaboration among life science researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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ILSC Monthly Seminar: Thurs., May 1, 2014

Protein Stability and Folding Kinetics in Living Cells

Speaker: Martin Gruebele
James R. Eiszner Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biophysics and Computational Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Time/Place: Thursday, May 1, 2014; 3:00 PM / 130 SMed
Abstract: The free energy landscape of proteins has relatively small ups and down and is therefore subject to modulation by the external environment. Many proteins operate within compartments of the cell in vivo, so we ask: how do cells modulate both protein folding and, therefore, protein functions? Several temperature modulation techniques will be described and used to study unfolding, refolding and stochastic dynamics of proteins in cellular compartments. The temperature dependence of protein folding in cells will be discussed and compared to in vitro work. Protein-protein interactions, such as heat-shock chaperoning in vivo, will also be discussed.

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UMD Weekly Seminars: April 21 - 25, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014

Title: "The Role of NEET Proteins in Maintaining Mitochondrial Integrity & Iron Homeostasis in Breast Cancer"
Speakers: Patricia Jennings, Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego
Time/Place: 12:15 – 1:15 PM, 144 Life Science / Room 105, 717 Delaware Street
Host: Chemical Biology Initiative

Title: "Cancer Gene Discovery and Subclone Lineage Tracking Using Transposable Elements in Mouse Model"
Speakers: Cancer Gene Discovery and Subclone Lineage Tracking Using Transposable Elements in Mouse Model
Time/Place: 12:00 - 1:00 PM / School of Medicine, Room 142
Host: Duluth Medical Research Institute (DMRI), 726-8513,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Title: ""Inflammatory and Immune Response and the Development of Colorectal Cancer"
Speaker: Anna Prizment, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota
Time/Place: 12 PM / SMed 263 (via ITV)
Host: MCC, Weekly Masonic Cancer Seminar Series

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No Seminars Scheduled

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Title: "How Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) Work"
Speaker: Kyle A. Huerd, EIT, Allan Block Corporation
Time/Place: 3:00-4:00 PM / 231 Swenson Civil Engineering
Host: Nathan Johnson, SCSE, Civil Engineering, 726-6435,

Undergraduate Mathematics Colloquium
"Three Out-Of-Class Mathematics Experiences"
Speaker: UMD undergraduate students: Philip Bauer, Jordan Maiers and Adam Swinney
Time/Place: 3:00-4:00 PM / MonH 203
Host: Joe Gallian, SCSE, Mathematics, 726-7576,

Title: "Archean Glaciomarine Deposits, S. India: 1001 Dropstones!"
Speaker: Professor Emeritus Richard Ojakangas, Department Geological Sciences, UMD
Time/Place: 3:30 PM / Life Science 175
Host: SCSE Department of Geological Sciences, 726-8385,

Title: "Interprofessional Practice and Education"
Speaker: Barbara Brandt, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Education, Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota
Time/Place: 3:30 – 5:00 PM / 160 Life Science (7-193/195 Weaver Densford Hall)
Host: Social and Administrative Pharmacy Graduate Program

Friday, April 25, 2014

Title: "The Breaking and Mending of Porphyrins: Synthesis of Pyrrole-Modified Porphyrins"
Speaker: Dr. Christian Brückner, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut
Time/Place: 3:00 PM / Chem 200
Host: Viktor Nemykin, SCSE, Chemistry & Biochemistry, 726-6729,

Title: "Feeding Ecology of Ienok, Baikal Grayling and Hovsgol Grayling from the Eg-Uur Watershed, Mongolia"
Speaker: Kirk Olson, masters degree candidate, Integrated Biosciences Program, UMD
Time/Place: 3:15 PM/185 LSci
Host: Thomas Hrabik, SCSE, Biology, 726-7626,

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