On May 14, the participants of the 2020-21 BioLAB Program at the University of Virginia met during a mini-symposium, a traditional annual event which provides the participants with an opportunity to recap the internship and share their research results. This year, due to the pandemic, the event was held online.
Welcome remarks were delivered by the founder of the BioLAB Program prof. Zbigniew Derewenda, the Executive Director of our Commission Justyna Janiszewska, the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Virginia and the former Ambassador to Poland Stephen D. Mull, and UVA School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Graduate and Medical Scientist Programs prof. Janet Cross.
The symposium was divided into four sessions during which the participants gave 20-minute presentations.
- Joanna Klos, University of Warsaw: “Neuronal substrates of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep rebound after sevoflurane anesthesia”
- Katarzyna Rękawek, University of Warsaw: “Metabolic regulation of seizures”
- Weronika Matysik, University of Wroclaw: “Development of synapses in motor cortex”
- Marta Cykowiak, Poznan University of Medical Sciences: “Biomolecular condensation of cancer mutants of an epigenetic regulator”
- Patrycja Oleniacz, Jagiellonian University: “Permeability of Pannexin1 ion channel”
- Anna Bartosik, Jagiellonian University: “The role of G4R1 helicase and DNA G-quadruplex structures in the formation of DNA double-strand breaks”
- Agata Leśniewska, Intercollegiate Faculty of University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk: “Identification of HULLK binding partners to determine mechanism of HULLK oncogenicity in prostate cancer”
- Wojciech Teodorowicz, Wrocław University of Technology: “Nuclear cytoplasmic trafficking of the SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid protein”
- Dominika Michałek, Medical University of Lodz: “Multi-ethnic genome-wide meta-analysis in type 1 diabetes”
- Kinga Jurczak, University of Wroclaw: “A Disulfide chaperone knockout facilitates in-vivo spin-labeling and EPR spectroscopy of the Escherichia coli ferric citrate transporter, FecA”
- Jędrzej Rum, Lodz University of Technology: “Biochemical studies on Nup358 and its interactions with HIV-1 capsid proteins”
Closing remarks were delivered by the BioLAB Program coordinators from other BioLAB Program host institutions – prof. Anthony Kossiakoff from the University of Chicago, prof. Umesh Deshmukh from Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and prof. Jose Rizo-Rey from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center – as well as by prof. Phillip Trella, the Associate Vice Provost and Director at the University of Virginia’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.
The detailed program of the event can be found here: download the program (.pdf).
If you are interested in the topic, or you plan to apply for the BioLAB Program in the future, we encourage you to read the abstracts, which can be accessed here: download the abstracts (.pdf).
Big congratulations to the participants, and we keep our fingers crossed that the research conducted during the program will result in numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.