Starting on Friday, Sept 2 and monthly on the first Friday of each month, the Synthetic and Systems Biology (SyntheSys) cluster at NC State will be hosting a discussion series to foster cross-campus interactions and collaborations.
Meetings: first Friday of every month in David Clark Labs 101. Howling Cow ice cream, coffee, and socializing will begin at 3:30pm, and discussion session will run from 4-5pm.
The group’s goals are to:
- Help students, postdocs, and faculty efficiently learn about relevant methodologies (“Hammers”) and biological questions (“Nails”).
- Promote collaborations and identify unexpected synergies.
Each session will focus on a specific theme with a highly interactive format of:
- A “Hammer talk”: 15 minute talk about a method (detailed background and identification of strengths and limitations)
- A “Nail talk”: 15 minute talk on a related “Nail” (i.e., biological question)
Speakers will focus on informative background material, current hurdles, and ambitious ideas. Each speaker will be followed by a 10-minute discussion period to permit Q&A and idea-generation. We will close with a final 10-minutes for open exchange.
Congratulations to EMRLab students Manuela Ayee and Charles Roth on their recent (and first, for both students!) publication, Structural perturbation of a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer by warfarin and its bolaamphiphilic analogue: A molecular dynamics study . The manuscript appears in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
PI Akpa and colleagues have been awarded funds to support an interdisciplinary research effort blending systems biology, quantitative genetics, and immunology. (Announcement)
Project title: A systems biology approach to assess host transcriptomics and virus kinetics in reproductive gilts in the face of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.
Lead PIs: Belinda Akpa (CVM) & Nick Serão (CALS)
Co-PIs: Johnathan Fogle, Glen Almond, Mark Knaeur
Our thanks to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine for their support!
Dr Akpa thanks the wonderful people at Clemson Chemistry for hosting her for a day of discussing fluorescent nanoparticles, peptoids, antioxidants and more before her seminar on ‘Math + Biochemistry + Physiology: An examination of toxicity and lipid-mediated toxicity reversal using integrative physiological models’.
Tuesday, Oct 13 @ 4:15PM. Dr Akpa will join NCSU’s mathematical biologists to discuss the use of math, biochemistry, and physiology to interrogate differential toxicity.
On October 1st, Dr Akpa spent a day with engineers and pharmaceutical scientists at the University of Iowa, where she gave a talk entitled: “Physiologically based dynamic models reveal the multi-functional nature of antidotal lipid emulsions”. She thanks the faculty and students of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering for a great day in Iowa City.