Chemical Biology and Physiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CBP-SURP)

We are excited to announce the 3rd annual Chemical Biology and Physiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CBP-SURP). CBP-SURP is a 9-week program designed to provide undergraduates research opportunities at the interface of chemistry, biology and physiology in the health sciences. A major goal of this program is to engage students in state-of the-art techniques in chemical biology, and how strategies in chemical biology can be used to interrogate cell signaling, protein function, and identify potential therapeutic targets.

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Highlighted publication Valiyaveetil lab lab

"Main-chain mutagenesis reveals intrahelical coupling in an ion channel voltage-sensor"

Membrane proteins catalyze the passage of information across biological membranes.  Central to this function is their ability to undergo conformational changes in response to physiological stimuli.  Backbone hydrogen bonds have long been proposed to play an important role in these conformational changes but, until now, technical challenges have prevented their investigation.  In this study, the Valiyaveetil group (in collaboration with the Ahern group at U of Iowa) used advanced chemical biology approaches to investigate the role of backbone hydrogen bonds in the voltage sensing transmembrane helix of a eukaryotic potassium channel.  The study provides key insights into the physiologically important process of voltage gating in ion channels and establishes a methodology for probing backbone hydrogen bonds, which opens new possibilities for investigating membrane proteins.


Dr. Cohen receives ICBS Young Chemical Biologist Award

Dr. Michael Cohen, Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, was recently awarded the International Chemical Biology Society's Young Chemical Biologist award, read more.

Dr. Kelly receives 2018 BIP award


Martin Kelly, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, is one of three recipients of the 2018 Biomedical Innovation Program Drug Discovery awards for his research project Novel Alzheimer's Disease Drugs and their TargetRead more.