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1/27/14
Jamie has a new story published on Small Things Considered “Neanderthal Me
January 2014 Goings On
Nirali Patel was awarded a Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellowship!  Congratulations Nirali!!!!
Eva-Katharina Pauli gave a talk entitled “USP15 Promotes RIG-I Antiviral Signaling by Stabilizing TRIM25″ at the Keystone Conference Innate Immunity to Viral Infections in Keystone, Colorado.
9/19/13
Very Interesting Reading!!!  De-discovering pathogens:Viral contamination strikes again! 

September 2013
Updated One-on-One Schedule:
Sergio Monday 9:30
Kate Monday 10:00
Anindita Tuesday 10:00
Alison Tuesday 10:30
May 2013
On May 3, our undergraduates presented posters during the Boston College Biology Department Undergraduate Research Day.
Maureen Regan (’13, mentor Andrea Kirmaier) Characterizing Conserved Mutations in the Matrix 30 Residue of HIV-1 and SIVmac
Aleksandra Savinkina (’13, mentor Alison Hill) Adaptations of simian immunodeficiency virus in sooty mangabeys to novel human hosts
Caleb Swaim (’13, mentor Ted Diehl) Endogenous Retrovirus-Fc is a Tool for Exploring Host Virus Interaction
Nirali Patel (’15, mentor Ted Diehl) Dissemination and Amplification of ERV-Fc in Old World Primate Genomes
Photos from the day’s activities are posted on our Photo Page.
UPDATED SCHEDULE:
3/1/2013
SPRING 2013 JOHNSON LAB SCHEDULE
MONDAYS:
10:00-12:00 Welkin Office Hours
12:00-2:00 Lab Meeting/Journal Club
2:00-2:30 Laura & Jen
 

TUESDAYS:
9:00-10:15 Welkin Teaching
10:30-11:00 Anindita

WEDNESDAYS:
9:30-10:00 Kevin
10:00-10:30 Annabel
10:30-11:00 Alison
11:00-11:30 Jamie
11:30-12:00 Ben

THURSDAYS:
9:00-10:15 Welkin Teaching

FRIDAYS:
9:30-10:00 Sergio
10:00-10:30 Kate
10:30-11:00 Ted
11:00-11:30 Andrea

NEWS:
1/24/2013
Welkin blogged a new book review for Small Things Considered.  The book is Viruses: Essential Agents of Life (2012, Springer), edited by Günter Witzany.  Check out STC for the review.
NEWS:
1/14/2013
No lab meeting on Jan 21…campus holiday
Lab Meeting will be moving to Room 552 at Noon!!!
Lab meeting on Jan 28 will be Ben with no Journal Club
Picture and Bios due for Website by Jan 28
Lab Jobs Changing on Jan 28

IMPORTANT: MANDATORY LAB SAFETY MEETING MONDAY FEB 4 at noon Room 552

NEWS:
11/26/2012
“Two viruses and an elephant walk into a bar…”get the rest of the story by reading Welkin’s latest post on Small Things Considered

JOURNAL CLUB:
11/12/2012
Convergent Evolution of Argonaute-2 Slicer Antagonism
in Two Distinct Insect RNA Viruses

Andrea presented a very interesting paper from PLoS Pathogens by van Mierlo et al, on RNAi inhibition of RNA viruses in insects, and specifically about proteins in two viruses that have apparently evolved to counteract RNAi. The paper combines genomics, molecular biology, and even some Drosophila genetics to make its point.
The paper citation is PLoS Pathog 8(8): e1002872. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002872 and can be found here.

NEWS: Johnson Lab Page To Go Live Any Day Now

JOURNAL CLUB:
10/22/2012
Poxviruses deploy genomic accordions to adapt rapidly against host antiviral defenses.
Cell. 2012 Aug 17;150(4):831-41. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2012.05.049.

Jamie presented a recent paper by our friend and colleague Nels Elde, based on work he did as a postdoc in Harmit Malik’s lab. Nels now has his own lab at the University of Utah. In this study, Nels and Harmit use deep-sequencing to take a close look at how poxvirus genomes evolve in response to selective pressure, revealing a unique mechanism they refer to as “gene accordions”.  John Roth also published a nice commentary on the work.

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