HBC September 2022 News Bulletin


Reminder - Chemical Biology Symposium

The inaugural KU Chemical Biology Symposium, conducted as a joint effort between the NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease (CoBRE CBID), the NIH-sponsored Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology Graduate Student Training program (DACB), and the Higuchi Biosciences Center, will be held October 21-22, 2022.

The symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Nozomi Ando (Cornell University) on Friday evening and a presentation by Dr. Jimmy Ballard (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center) on Saturday.  The registration period has been extended to October 7, 2022.  Individuals who would like to present a poster, please submit your poster abstract by October 7, 2022.  The submission form is available on the Chemical Biology Symposium.

Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Call for Proposals

The Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Incentives and Awards Committee is calling for proposals to support four types of awards:

  1. Bridging Grants: Funding will not exceed $40,000 in direct costs for an R01 submission and $25,000 for an R21 submission.
  2. Partnerships for Translational Research Training Awards: Funding will not exceed $50,000 in direct costs.
  3. Postdoctoral Awards: Funding will not exceed $25,000 in direct costs for one period of funding.
  4. Developmental Research Project Program Awards: Two-year award with funding not exceeding $75,000 in direct costs per year for a total of $150,000.  A letter of intent needs to be submitted through REDCap by noon on November 1, 2022.

KU-Lawrence submissions should have a signature from an authorized official prior to submission to the K-INBRE Administrative Office.  The deadline to submit full proposals for any of the four awards is December 1, 2022 at noon.  Awards will be announced before May 1, 2023.  For more information on these and other K-INBRE funding opportunities, visit the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) webpage.

State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) Open Enrollment

The State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) enrollment will be open from October 1 to October 31, 2022.  Information sessions will be offered until October 18, 2022.  You can register online to attend one of the webinar sessions at 10:30 am on October 11, 13 or 18.  In-person presentations are also offered on October 13, at 10 am and at 1 pm at the KU Memorial Union, Francisco Lounge.  The Membership Administration Portal (MAP) opens for enrollment on October 1, 2022.

KU Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) Certification

If you have not done so yet, take the time to complete and submit online your KU Annual COI Certification for fiscal year 2023 by using the link in the e-mail you should have received from ecompliance@ku.edu.  The deadline to submit this form is SEPTEMBER 30, 2022.  FAQs and others resources are available on the Office of Research Conflict of Interest webpage and staff in the KU’s Research Integrity unit are available to provide assistance.

HBC On-Site Office Hours

The on-site HBC office will remain closed but the HBC Staff will be available to assist you from remote work locations, as well as be available for in-person meetings upon request.  Our staff contact information can be found on the HBC Website.  Please note that the HBC stockroom will be open as usual until mid to late October, when it will close temporarily through November and December (precise dates will be provided later).  Poster printing service will remain available during that period of time.


Recent Awards

David Johnson, Director, COBRE CBID Computational Chemical Biology Core Facility, was awarded $26,775 by the University of Maryland - Baltimore for his project entitled: “PTPRD Phosphatase Inhibitors for Stimulant Use Disorders.”

Shyam Sathyamoorthi, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $25,000.00 by the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute for his project entitled: “Syntheses and Biological Evaluation of Underexplored Antibiotics and Analogues.”

Joanna Slusky, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $1,500,000 by the National Science Foundation for her project entitled: “MFB: NSF-BSF: Data-Adaptive and Metamorphosis Machine Learning Architectures for Generative Protein Design of Metal Biosensors.”