Volume 1  |  Issue 4  |  October 2019

Welcome!

We invite you to explore the fourth issue of the CBSD Quarterly Courier! Through this issue, our Financial Officer, Heidi Boggs shares the productivity of the CBSD community and we draw your attention to the graduate fellowship opportunity and upcoming Semi-Annual Hot Water Workshop. As always, we share recent publications citing the use of CoBRE resources. Stay tuned for the January 2020 issue - we have an exciting announcement for the community! If you have suggestions for content, simply reply to this email or connect with any one of the CBSD team members

Our Vibrant Research Community

Featured Core Facility: Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Travis Wheeler Awarded NIH R01
Call for Applications: Core Facility Graduate Fellowships

Registration Open: Hot Water Workshop

Recent Publications

Our Vibrant Research Community

Contributed by: Heidi Boggs, Financial Officer

Intrinsic mImage of Heidi Boggsotivation is powerful and abundant within our vibrant research community at CBSD. In my MBA degree studies, I learned that intrinsic motivators are often stronger than extrinsic motivators in an organization’s culture. This is incredibly true in a research setting where inquiry and exploration lead to scientific progress and discoveries. It is a huge factor contributing to CBSD’s success as a highly effective research center. 

CBSD has grown significantly for several years now. In fiscal years 2015-2019, CBSD’s combined grant expenditures were $25.0 million, with a 13.5% sustained annual growth rate during this time.

Read the full story on our website.
Image of the Mass Spectrometry Core Facility

Featured Core Facility: Mass Spectrometry

It is our pleasure to call attention to the work arising from the CBSD’s Mass Spectrometry Core Facility in this final issue of 2019. During the last year, the burgeoning Mass Spectrometry Core has been busy:
  • Training and consulting new and continuing users;
  • Performing post-translational modifications (PTM) analysis of peptides and proteins;
  • Performing MRM analysis for metabolomics and proteomics studies; and
  • Planning a workshop focused on the LC-MS/MS analyses of Protein Digests!
Read the full highlight on our website.

Dr. Travis Wheeler Awarded NIH R01 Grant

Dr. Travis WheelerImage of Dr. Travis Wheeler was recently awarded his first National Institute of Health (NIH) R01 grant. The grant will provide over $1.1M in funding to support one branch of research in Wheeler’s group, to develop machine learning approaches for improved accuracy and speed in sequence annotation. Sequence annotation involves identifying and labeling features in DNA, RNA, and protein sequences, and is a critical step in understanding their evolution, function, and patterns of activity.

"Modern molecular biology depends on effective methods for annotating biological sequences quickly and accurately. I'm particularly excited to build on recent advances in text processing and image labeling, morphing techniques from a field called 'Deep Learning' to problems in sequence annotation,” Wheeler said.

While this is Wheeler’s first NIH R01, he is no stranger to securing funds. Wheeler is currently in his final year of investigator funding from the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (CBSD) CoBRE, is supported by two R15 grants from the NIH (one as principal investigator, and one as collaborator), and holds a subcontract with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) for an NIH U24 award.

Call for Applications: Core Facility Graduate Fellowships

University of Montana graduate students in the chemical, biomolecular and biomedical sciences are invited to participate in the Core Facility Graduate Fellowship Program of the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (CBSD).
Participating graduate students will obtain intensive hands-on training in any one of three CBSD Research Cores:   Fellows will receive $12,000 toward their graduate stipend from the CBSD Fellowship program. Stipend funds cannot be applied to tuition waivers. The fellowship extends from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  

View the full call for applications on the website and submit your materials in a single PDF to Drs. Stephen Sprang and Bruce Bowler no later than the end of business on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Hot Water Workshop- January 9-10, 2020

Registration is open: January Hot Water Workshop

The time has come to register for the 16th Semi-Annual Hot Water Workshop that is set to take place January 9-10, 2020. These workshops are an overnight, working meeting for those who wish to have their upcoming grant submissions reviewed prior to NIH/NSF deadlines. Typically this grant review workshop is held one month prior to major NIH/NSF deadlines: January (February deadlines) and May (June deadlines). Feedback is constructive, and everyone participates in the discussion of each individual grant. Participants include faculty from basic and applied biomolecular, chemical, cellular and biomedical sciences, computational biology and related disciplines at the University of Montana, Montana State University and other institutions around the state.

Reserve your space today! Registration closes on Friday, November 22 at 12 p.m. Any questions about the Workshop can be directed at CBSD Program Coordinator, Sara Jestrab.

Recent Publications Supported by the CBSD

View all publications citing CBSD CoBRE. If you are working on a manuscript that has used CBSD CoBRE resources please remember to cite P20GM103546.
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We want to extend a special thank you to our newsletter contributors this month: Heidi Boggs, Sara Jestrab, Eric Schultz, and Travis Wheeler. CBSD would also like to thank it's newsletter content reviewers: Heidi Boggs, Bruce Bowler, Sara Jestrab and Stephen Sprang.
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