Awards and Activities

Awards …….

CBC Postdoctoral Research Award 

Mir Sanchis (Postdoc) 06/01/16-12/01/17

Funding Agency: CCT Searle Funds (Chicago Biomedical Consortium)

Title: Cryo-EM analysis of the initiation of replication of two mobile elements linked to disease.

The goal of this project is to better understand the mechanism by which mobile genetic elements initiate replication.

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NIAID-NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (Pending) 

Mir-Sanchis (PI) 07/01/17-06/30/22

Title: Structural analysis of the expression and transfer of staphylococcal virulence genes.

This project aims to study how mobile elements such as SCCmec elements and SaPIs are regulated and transferred.

Activities …….

Structure Club – talks about structural biology. Prof. Phoebe Rice and I are co-organizers of these series of seminars that take place monthly at , sponsored by the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Faculties, postdocs and students gather to talk about structural biology, eat pizza and drink beer in a perfect atmosphere.

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  APS Data collection workshop and CCP4 school (2014): From data collection to structure refinement and beyond. This workshop was hosted by the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago area, IL.

Want more info about this workshop? Link to CCP4 website



SBGrid /    NE-CAT Phenix Workshop (2016) on experimental phasing, automated model building, and real space refinement with cases from X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy. This one was hosted by Harvard Medical School at Boston, MA.

Want more info about this one? Link to SBGridLink to Program