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Apr 24, 2024: Eva Wolf
Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz

Many physiological, metabolic and behavioural processes are regulated in a day-time dependent (circadian) manner via circadian clocks. Our goal is to acquire an atomic resolution picture and quantitative understanding of the molecular processes governing circadian rhythms and their synchronisation with the environmental light-dark cycle. To do this, we perform structural, biochemical and biophysical studies on purified clock proteins as well as structure-based functional assays in cell culture.

May 6, 2024: Ed Schmidt,
Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Montana State University

The primary research interests of the Schmidt lab are to understand the intricate gene regulatory mechanisms that function in development and maintenance of complex organisms. Their work involves analyses of mouse lines they produce bearing targeted mutations (e.g., “knockouts”). However, their approaches to understanding the roles of the mutated genes are broad, including genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, histology, genomics, and others. The biological processes that they are studying include liver physiology and regeneration, aging, redox biology, cancer, embryonic development, and the maternal/fetal immune interaction.