Homepage Archives 2012

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2012

December 21, 2012
REPORT
CBC Scholars ‘Loop Connections’ Seminar at UIC
The 2nd CBC Scholars ‘Loop Connections’ Seminar was held on the UIC campus on December 5, 2012. The seminar’s theme was “CRISPR loci and signal interference in bacteria.” Over 70 students, postdocs and faculty from all three CBC campuses attended talks by Dr. Michael Federle from UIC and Dr. Erik Sontheimer from NU. (read more)


December 14, 2012
CBC NEWSLETTER, VOL. 8
Winter Newsletter and Holiday Greetings from the CBC
The CBC wishes you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year!
Our winter newsletter, which includes Spring 2013 application deadlines, can be read online: ▸ Read more.


December 14, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Invites New Catalyst Award Applications
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Spring 2013 Round online submission will open Monday, February 25, 2013. Proposal submission deadline is 5pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (Catalyst RFA)


December 14, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. The program provides support for small workshops to encourage collaborative interactions across the CBC institutions. These workshops are intended to stimulate new Catalyst Award submissions, Program Project Grants from the NIH, and eventually Lever Awards associated with large, multi-investigator NIH grants. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, February 15, 2013. (CBC Exploratory Workshops RFA)


November 14, 2012
REPORT
Epigenomics Experts lead the 10th Annual CBC Symposium
Scientific leaders in the field of Epigenomics presented their research at the 10th Annual CBC Symposium: Epigenomics, which was held on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Norris University Center on the Northwestern University Evanston campus. (read more)


November 7, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Save the Date: CBC Scholars Loop Connections Seminar
"CRISPR Loci and Signal Interference in Bacteria"

This CBC Scholars-organized "Loop Connections" Seminar will feature Michael Federle (UIC) and Erik Sontheimer (NU) and will be held at UIC Campus on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:30pm. (more info)


October 15, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. The program provides support for small workshops to encourage collaborative interactions across the CBC institutions. These workshops are intended to stimulate new Catalyst Award submissions, Program Project Grants from the NIH, and eventually Lever Awards associated with large, multi-investigator NIH grants. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, December 7, 2012. (CBC Exploratory Workshops RFA)


October 1, 2012
REPORT
First CBC Exploratory Workshop: Control of cellular differentiation and gene expression by 5- hydroxymethlcytosine (5-hmc)
The first CBC Exploratory Workshop, titled: Control of cellular differentiation and gene expression by 5- hydroxymethlcytosine (5-hmc) took place at UChicago Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery on September 27, 2012. The workshop was organized by Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, The University of Chicago, Jonathan Licht, MD, Johanna Dobe Professor of Hematology/Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Nadim Mahmud, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine, UIC. (read more)


September 25, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. The program provides support for small workshops to encourage collaborative interactions across the CBC institutions. These workshops are intended to stimulate new Catalyst Award submissions, Program Project Grants from the NIH, and eventually Lever Awards associated with large, multi-investigator NIH grants. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, October 5, 2012. (CBC Exploratory Workshops RFA)


September 25, 2012
NEWS
CBC announces 2012 Spring Round Catalyst Awards
John P. O’Bryan, PhD (UIC) and Shohei Koide, PhD (UChicago) for project: Development of novel affinity reagents to monitor different activation states of Ras GTPases in cells
Geoffrey Kansas, PhD (NU) and Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD (UChicago) for project: Common bone marrow homing pathways for HSC and SCLC stem cells
Richard Longnecker, PhD (NU), Lijun Rong, PhD (UIC) and Bernard Roizman, ScD (UChicago) for project: Genome Wide siRNA Screen for Host Factors Required for Human Herpesvirus (HHV) Latency
Brian Kay, PhD (UIC), Eric Weiss, PhD (NU) and Milan Mrksich, PhD (NU) for project: Genome-scale identification of protein docking interactions


September 10, 2012
NEWS
10th Annual CBC Symposium: Registration and poster submission now open
The 10th Annual CBC Symposium, Epigenomics, will be held at Northwestern University, Evanston Campus, on Friday, October 12, 2012. For program details and to register go to the Symposium webpage. Deadline for both registration and abstract submission is extended until noon, Friday, September 14, 2012.


September 4, 2012
REPORT
The CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics
The fifth annual CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics took place at the CBC/UIC Mass spectrometry Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility (MMPF) on August 6-10, 2012. The hands-on workshop was attended by 20 students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members and staff from the three CBC universities and also researchers from Loyola, Rush, Purdue University and Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. (read more)


August 30, 2012
NEWS
Two new CBC Lever Awards in 2012
The CBC is pleased to announce that two new collaborative teams received Lever Awards this year:
Andrey Rzhetsky (UChicago), Edwin Cook (UIC), and Richard Morimoto (NU) for: Silvio O. Conte Center on the Computational Systems Genomics of Psychiatric Disorders
Anthony Kossiakoff and Geoffrey Greene (UChicago), Brian Kay (UIC), and Jason Brickner (NU) for: Center for Production of Affinity Reagents for Human Transcription Factors: Synthetic Antibody Consortium
The CBC Lever Awards are matching grants, providing additional funding for discrete activities associated with large-scale (greater than $10M direct costs) grants from federal or other sources.


August 22, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Accepting Catalyst Submissions for the Fall 2012 round
The Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Fall 2012 Round proposal submission is now open; submission deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Catalyst RFA)


August 1, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics: Registration closed
CBC invites students, staff, and faculty to participate in our 5th annual hands-on Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics which will be held at the CBC/UIC Mass spectrometry Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility (MMPF), August 6 – 10, 2012. For more information click here.


July 24, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Tech Day 2012 – Knowledge at work
CBC Tech Day: Small Molecule Discovery in Academia took place on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Prentice Women’s Hospital Conference Center in downtown Chicago. Close to 170 people learned about the practical steps of using high-throughput screening (HTS) to identify biologically-active molecules. (read more)


July 17, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Exploratory Workshops: Applications now being accepted
CBC invites faculty members to apply for the Exploratory Workshops Program. The program provides support for small workshops to encourage collaborative interactions across the CBC institutions. These workshops are intended to stimulate new Catalyst Award submissions, Program Project Grants from the NIH, and eventually Lever Awards associated with large, multi-investigator NIH grants. Application deadline: 5pm, Friday, August 3, 2012. (CBC Exploratory Workshops RFA)


July 2, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Tech Day: Online registration now closed
The CBC Tech Day, Small Molecule Discovery in Academia, will be held at Prentice Women’s Hospital (NU Chicago Campus), on Monday, July 9, 2012. For program details and information about the on-site registration go to the Tech Day webpage.


June 22, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Tech Day: Registration and poster submission deadlines extended
The CBC Tech Day, Small Molecule Discovery in Academia, will be held at Prentice Women’s Hospital (NU Chicago Campus), on Monday, July 9, 2012. For program details and to register go to the Tech Day webpage. Registration and abstract submission deadlines extended until noon, Thursday, June 28, 2012.


June 19, 2012
CBC NEWSLETTER, VOL. 7
Deadlines and Updates on Recent Awards, News and Upcoming Events
In this issue of the Newsletter:
Invitation to attend four exciting and free of charge scientific events organized by the CBC; Deadlines for upcoming RFAs; Updates on recent Awards; New research networking tools; Exciting CBC success stories, and Introducing the new UIC CBC Program Coordinator. ▸ Read more


June 18, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
10th Annual CBC Symposium: Registration and poster submission now open
The 10th Annual CBC Symposium, Epigenomics, will be held at Northwestern University, Evanston Campus, on Friday, October 12, 2012. For program details and to register go to the Symposium webpage. Deadline for both registration and abstract submission is noon, Friday, September 7, 2012.


June 13, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
CBC Tech Day: Registration and poster submission deadlines extended
The CBC Tech Day, Small Molecule Discovery in Academia, will be held at Prentice Women’s Hospital (NU Chicago Campus), on Monday, July 9, 2012. For program details and to register go to the Tech Day webpage. Registration and abstract submission deadlines extended until noon, Friday, June 22, 2012.


June 13, 2012
NEWS
CBC welcomes new UIC Program Coordinator Corinna Kitcharoen
The CBC is pleased to welcome Corinna Kitcharoen, MBA, as the Program Coordinator for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Corinna joins the CBC in June 2012 and will work closely with UIC CBC Scientific Director, Brian Kay. (read more)


June 11, 2012
NEWS
Research Networking Tools
New research networking tools have recently become available to the CBC community: Northwestern Scholars, UICollaboratory Research Profiles and UChicago ITM Research Accelerator. These tools could facilitate finding inter-university collaborators – thus making projects eligible for CBC awards. (read more)


June 6, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration Now Open: CBC Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics
CBC invites students, staff, and faculty to participate in our 5th annual hands-on Summer Workshop in Proteomics and Informatics which will be held at the CBC/UIC Mass spectrometry Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility (MMPF), August 6 – 10, 2012. For more information and to register click here. Attendees will be selected starting Tuesday, July 10, 2012.


May 30, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration Now Open: CBC Scholars ‘Loop Connections’ Colloquium
The CBC Scholars-organized ‘Loop Connections’ Colloquium, Signaling to Scale, will be held at Prentice Women’s Hospital (NU Chicago Campus) on Thursday, June 28, 2012. To learn more and to register go to the CBC Scholars Colloquium webpage. Registration deadline: Friday, June 15, 2012.


May 22, 2012
SUCCESS STORY
Unveiling a hidden DNA code
Congratulations to the CBC Catalyst Team: Chuan He (UChicago) and Jung-Hyun Min (UIC) on their recent publication in the May 17, 2012 issue of Cell, "Base-Resolution Analysis of 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine in the Mammalian Genome." The published work relates to the CBC Catalyst Award that He and Min received in the Fall 2011 Round: "Capturing Kinetically Labile Multiprotein Assemblies on DNA by Chemical Crosslinking." (full text)


May 16, 2012
REPORT
CBC Scholars ‘Loop Connections’ in motion!
The first seminar of the new CBC Scholars organized ‘Loop Connections’ Seminar Series took place on May 8, 2012 at the UChicago campus. The seminar, From ECM to cell motility, featured two local experts on epithelial biology: Jonathan Jones (NU) and Sally Horne-Badovinac (UChicago). (full text)


May 11, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Registration and Poster Abstract Submission Now Open: CBC Tech Day
The CBC Tech Day, Small Molecule Discovery in Academia, will be held at Prentice Women’s Hospital (NU Chicago Campus), on Monday, July 9, 2012. For program details and to register go to the Tech Day webpage. Registration deadline: Friday, June 15, 2012.


May 10, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Save the Date: Chicago Drug Discovery Consortium
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) will present the bi-annual Chicago Drug Discovery Consortium on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the UIC campus. (consortium description)


May 10, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Save the Date: Science@theInterface Symposium
The Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at the University at Chicago invites all to the annual Science@theInterface Symposium, Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Biological Regulation to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. (symposium webpage)


May 1, 2012
REPORT
CBC Scholar mentors students at Thomas Jefferson HS
CBC Scholar Lila Glotfelty (class of 2010) was recently invited to lead an information session on medical degree programs for students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJHSST) in Alexandria, Virginia. (full text)


April 24, 2012
REPORT
Third Annual CBC Scholars Scientific Exchange
The Third Annual CBC Scholars Scientific Exchange took place on March 27, 2012, at the UChicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Seventeen scholars presented talks describing their thesis research and each presentation was followed by a short discussion. This all-day event included a networking lunch during which the scholars discussed future events, including the CBC Scholars Loop Connections Seminar Series, the first of which will be held on the UChicago campus on May 8, 2012. (full text)


April 23, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Save the Date: Inaugural Loop Connections Seminar "From ECM to cell motility"
CBC Scholars-organized seminar opens a new Loop Connections Seminar Series. The seminar will feature Jonathan Jones (NU) and Sally Horne-Badovinac (UChicago) and will be held at UChicago Campus on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 4pm. (more info)


April 5, 2012
SUCCESS STORY
How do cancers become resistant to chemotherapy?
Genetic mutations in cancer cells can lead to resistance to treatment, thereby potentially resulting in relapse. However, a new article, published April 3 in PLoS Biology, titled: "Nonheritable Cellular Variability Accelerates the Evolutionary Processes of Cancer", suggests that the converse may also happen. Steven Frank from the University of California, Irvine, and Marsha Rosner from the University of Chicago, propose that it may often be the case that a few cells become resistant before any genetic change, and then later acquire the genes to stabilize that resistance. (full text)
Marsha Rosner is the co-receipient of a 2009 CBC Catalyst Award: "Cell Cycle Regulatory Networks: An Integrative Approach.”


April 4, 2012
NEWS
CBC welcomes new EAB member
The CBC is pleased to announce that David E. Miller has joined the CBC External Advisory Board (EAB). (full text)


March 26, 2012
REPORT
CBC Scholars inspire Chicago Public Schools budding scientists
For the second year in a row, the CBC Scholars volunteered to serve as judges for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Science Fair. The Fair brought CPS Junior High and High School students together at the Museum of Science and Industry where they presented their work and competed for prizes. (full text)


March 19, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Save the Date: 10th Annual CBC Symposium
The 10th Annual CBC Symposium, Epigenomics, will be held at Northwestern University, Evanston Campus, on Friday, October 12, 2012. (Symposium webpage)


March 13, 2012
“IN THE NEWS”
CBC model going viral
In an article “Rowan or Rutgers: No need to change names to win grants” published March 12, 2012 in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Michael A. Palis, Joseph Martin, and Benedetto Piccoli*, the CBC is highlighted as a consortium role model that, if followed, could “leverage the existing strengths of four institutions and transform southern New Jersey into a hot spot for life-science and biomedical research in the region and the state.” They go on to state: “The consortium model has been implemented with great success elsewhere, including the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago); the Broad Institute (MIT, Harvard, and affiliated teaching hospitals); and the Research Triangle Park (Duke University, North Carolina State, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).” It’s nice to know that news of the CBC is spreading and inspiring other research communities to consider the power of collaboration. (full text)
*Michael A. Palis is a professor of computer science; Joseph Martin is a professor of biology; and Benedetto Piccoli is Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair of Mathematics at Rutgers-Camden.


March 8, 2012
SUCCESS STORY
CBC Catalyst comes into bloom: TULIPs
Congratulations to the CBC Catalyst Team: Tobin Sosnick, Eric Weiss and Michael Glotzer for their recent publication in Nature Methods! “TULIPs: tunable, light-controlled interacting protein tags for cell biology” describes development of novel optogenetic tools that can be used to directly manipulate the formation of protein complexes that drive diverse cellular processes. (…)
The project hit the spot, fulfilling the CBC’s mission. As Sosnick summarized: “The CBC’s goal of bringing the Chicagoland institutions together was very successful. It motivated us to expand the UChicago collaboration to include Eric Weiss from Northwestern University. Eric brought a new, critical component which helped with the success and direction of our multi-disciplinary project, and will undoubtedly lead to more Chicagoland optogenetic studies.” (full text) (See also: Light-Guided Biology #1: TULIP Mania)


March 5, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) Open Rank Faculty Search
[UIC seeks] an outstanding candidate who is a leader in the field of bioinformatics, chemical biology, drug discovery, epigenetics, lipidomics, metabolomics, proteomics, or systems biology. Application deadline: March 15, 2012. (see job description)


March 2, 2012; updated March 16, 2012
NEWS
CBC Scholars rock!
Congratulations to the following CBC Scholars for their 2012 publications: Sevim Yildiz Arslan (PI: Howard Lipton, UIC), Timothy Best (PI: Kenan Onel, UChicago), Rima Chaudhuri (PI: Michael Johnson, UIC), Matthew Curtis (PI: Brenda Russell, UIC), Weston Daniel (PI: Chad Mirkin, NU), Lou Dore, (PI: John Crispino), Nicolas Peláez Restrepo (PIs: Richard Carthew and Luis Amaral, NU), Jaclyn Shepard (PI: Lonnie Shea, NU), Bryan Singer (PI: Paul Vezina, UChicago) and Fei Sun (PI: Chuan He, UChicago). (full text)


February 27, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Catalyst Applications – Online Submission is Now Open
The Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Spring 2012 Round proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (Catalyst RFA)


February 22, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Unraveling the Mysteries of Life: Recognizing the Life of Jon Widom
Jonathan Widom Symposium will be held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at James Allen Center at NU, Evanston Campus. Registration is required. (symposium website)


February 16, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Position Open
Program Coordinator for the CBC at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Application deadline: March16, 2012. (see job description)


February 7, 2012
ANNOUNCEMENT
Protein-driven Strategies for Drug Discovery
A mini-symposium organized by NU Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD) will be held on February 22, 2012 at Lurie Medical Research Center, Northwestern University (Chicago Campus). Registration requested by Monday, February 20, 2012. (symposium website)


February 7, 2012
REPORT
Join us in welcoming the Class of 2012 CBC Scholars
A welcoming lunch for the new class of CBC Scholars was held on January 16, 2012 at Markethouse Restaurant in downtown Chicago. (full text)


February 10, 2012
NEWS
Update on Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM)
The Technology Transfer Offices at UChicago, NU, UIC and iBIO Institute® co-founded and launched the Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) in November 2010. CIM’s goal is to connect experienced entrepreneurs, executives and domain experts with innovative academic scientists whose research and associated technologies, has the potential to be commercialized. (full text)
Upcoming CIM Seminar: Introducing the Chicago Innovation Mentors Fellowship Program
Friday, February 10, 2012, 4:00 PM, at UChicago


January 23, 2012
CBC NEWSLETTER, VOL. 6
New funding opportunities, new facilities available to the CBC community, recent awards and upcoming educational events
Learn about new funding opportunities, new facilities available to the CBC community, recent awards and upcoming educational events. ▸ Read more


January 18, 2012
NEWS
CBC Junior Investigator Daniel Dombeck receives a Whitehall Foundation Award
Dan Dombeck received a Whitehall Foundation grant for his proposal, Dissecting the Cellular Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Place Field Firing. The award is for $225,000 and will be distributed over three years. The Whitehall Foundation funds grants for life sciences research with an emphasis on funding young scientists. (full text)


January 13, 2012
NEWS
CBC announces 2011 Fall Round Catalyst Awards
Alan Leff, MD (UChicago) and Terry Vanden Hoek, MD (UIC) for project: Design and Delivery of TAT Fusion Proteins for CPR
Chuan He, PhD (UChicago) and Jung-Hyun Min, PhD (UIC) for project: Capturing Kinetically Labile Protein Assemblies on DNA
David Eddington, PhD (UIC), Navdeep Chandel, PhD (NU) and Jalees Rehman, MD (UIC) for project: Oxygen Sensing in Endothelial Progenitor Cells
Lucia Rothman-Denes, PhD (UChicago), Douglas Bishop, PhD (UChicago), Konrad Kording, PhD (NU) and Keith Tyo, PhD (NU) for project: A Molecular Chart Recorder


January 11, 2012
NEWS
CBC Invites New Catalyst Award Applications
The CBC’s Catalyst Award program offers funding of up to $200K for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Spring 2012 Round online submission will open Monday, February 27, 2012. Proposal submission deadline is Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (Catalyst RFA)