Gursky Lab News!

May 22nd, 2014

Welcome to Dr. Anna Rull from the San Pau Hospital in Barcelona, Spain! Anna joined the Gursky lab for 6 months to work on structural stability, aggregation and fusion of LDL subclasses.

Congratulations to Dr. Mengxiao Lu on her new position as a scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb!

Congratulations to Madhurima Das whose paper was selected for a cover of FEBS Journal, Volume 281, No. 11, June 2014

Cover title: “Hypothetical molecular mechanism of apoA-I misfolding in familial and in acquired amyloidosis”

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Das, M., Mei, X., Jayaraman S., Atknson D., & Gursky, O. (2014) Amyloidogenic mutations in human apolipoprotein A-I are not necessarily destabilizing: A common mechanism of apoA-I misfolding in familial amyloidosis and atherosclerosis. FEBS Journal (E-pub April 7) PMID:24702826.

Congratulations Graduates!

May 20th, 2014

Congratulations to Jacob Turnbull for receiving his Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Masters Degree in Biotechnology. He performed his research for both degrees in Prof. Jamie McKnight’s lab.


Also, congratulations to Dr. Meimei Wen and Dr. Mengxiao Lu who received their PhD degree in Biophysics on May 17, 2014!
Meimei Wen performed her PhD research in the laboratory of Prof. Atkinson, and Mengxiao Lu did her research in the Gursky lab.

Congratulations to 2014 Russek Day Award Winners Anastasia Karabina and Madhurima Das!

April 17th, 2014

The Henry I. Russek Students Achievement Day committee has selected the 2014 award winners.
As always in this selection, we were guided by demonstrated excellence in research, academics, and excellent citizenship in the lab and beyond.

Our 2014 Award Winners exemplifying these criteria are:

1st place – Anastasia Karabina (Moore lab)
2nd place – Madhurima Das (Gursky lab)

Pi Day 2014

March 14th, 2014

Bring them if you’ve got them!


Congratulations to Dr. Arwa Badahdah on the successful defense of her Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) dissertation

March 2nd, 2014

Dr. Arwa Badahdah has successfully defended her DSc dissertation, “Effect of a
Salivary Peptide on the Structure of Bacterial Pili and Bacterial Adhesion to Host

Dr. Badahdah completed her research in a Physiology & Biophysics lab, and is a
member of the Oral Biology & Periodontology program at the BU Goldman School of
Dental Medicine.

She has passed her written Dental Board Exam, and will graduate in May 2014 with a
combined DDS / DSc degree.

Congratulations to Dr. Mengxiao Lu on a successful defense of her PhD dissertation

January 31st, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Mengxiao Lu on a successful defense of her PhD dissertation “Structural Stability and Fusion of Human Low-Density Lipoproteins” (advisor: Dr. Gursky)

Dr. Barbara Seaton’s research is the on the cover of the November issue of Immunology

October 29th, 2013

The journal Immunology has published Dr. Seaton’s article titled; “The binding sites of monoclonal antibodies to the non-reducing end of Francisella tularensis O-antigen accommodate mainly the terminal saccharide.”

Drs. Lynne Coluccio and Hiroshi Tokuo have published a paper in Molecular Biology of the Cell on the regulation of cell-cell adhesion.

October 24th, 2013

The article is titled;”Myosin-1c regulates the dynamic stability of E-cadherin–based cell–cell contacts in polarized Madin–Darby canine kidney cells” and can be found in the September 15 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell.

New article in Nature Letters by Prof. Chris Akey titled; “Structure of the SecY channel during initiation of protein translocation”.

October 24th, 2013

“Similar to passengers on an urban transit system, every protein made in the cell has a specific destination and function. Channels in cell membranes help direct these proteins to their appropriate target. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and their colleagues have now captured images of these channels as they open to allow proteins to pass through a membrane, while the proteins are being made. These findings are published as a Letter in Nature.”

More information here.

New J. Biol. Chem article on membrane remodeling by a viral protein

August 9th, 2013

Congratulations to Drs. Jing Wang and Esther Bullitt on their new publication in collaboration with Drs. J. Ptacek  and K. Kirkegaard,
Double-Membraned Liposomes Sculpted by Poliovirus 3AB Protein
now in press at the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

May 22, 2014
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