Chemistry

Chemistry Seminar Schedule

Seminars begin at 3:30 pm on Friday afternoons in Merrill Lecture Room 4, except as noted, and are preceeded by refreshments at 3:15. 

Discussion seminars begin at 3:30pm on Friday afternoons in Merrill Science Center Room 315.

2015 - 2016

Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Fri, Sep 18, 2015

John R. Engen is a Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry at Northeastern University in Boston.

Seminar with Professor John Engen, Northeastern University; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

Seminar Title: "Hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry for the analysis of protein conformation at biological membranes."
ABSTRACT: A continually growing area of mass spectrometry is the analysis of protein conformation and dynamics. One classic approach is to label protein molecules in solution under physiological conditions as the incorporation of the labeling agent is a function of the folded conformation. Hydrogen exchange (HX) methods label the backbone amide hydrogens of proteins with deuterium and the location and magnitude of the labeling can then be determined with mass spectrometry (MS). HX MS studies are particularly well suited for analysis of proteins that will not crystallize, proteins not amenable to NMR, or proteins available in only small quantities. This presentation will explore current methodology and applications of HX MS, both for systems in solution and for the analysis of membrane proteins. Recent development of HX MS methods for the interrogation of peripheral membrane proteins at Langmuir monolayers will be described and illustrated with the analysis conformational changes in the HIV-1 Nef protein upon membrane localization.
SHORT BIOGRAPHY: John R. Engen is a Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry at Northeastern University in Boston. Professor Engen holds two B.S. degrees (molecular biology and biochemistry) from Union College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska (working with David L. Smith). He completed postdoctoral work at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 2002-2006, he was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In 2012-2013, he was a Visiting Professor of Biochemistry in the laboratory of Prof. F. Ulrich Hartl at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. Prof. Engen is a Fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), received the 2009 Arthur F. Findeis Award from the American Chemical Society, and served on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) from 2009-2011.
Professor Engen has become a recognized expert in the area of understanding proteins and protein conformation with mass spectrometry. He uses hydrogen-deuterium exchange to probe conformation and dynamics during various activation states. Proteins that are not amenable to mainstream structural techniques such as X-ray diffraction and NMR can be probed with such methods. Such experiments, among other things, can reveal the effects and locations of binding, be diagnostic for proper protein folding, and be used to determine conformational changes during protein function.
Professor Engen has published over 100 papers on the topic of hydrogen exchange in recent years and given hundreds of invited lectures worldwide to academia and industry. He teaches a yearly ASMS short course on protein structural analysis by mass spectrometry. Current research projects in his laboratory include (1) investigations of kinase conformation to understand regulation and aberrant signaling in various disease states including cancer, (2) analysis of the conformation of viral accessory proteins from HIV, (3) studies of protein conformation at biological membranes, and (4) optimization and methods development in hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry.

Fri, Sep 25, 2015

Discussion Seminar for Professor John Engen, Northeastern University; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Seminar Title: "Hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry for the analysis of protein conformation at biological membranes."

Fri, Oct 2, 2015

Fri, Oct 9, 2015

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Fri, Nov 6, 2015

Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Fri, Dec 4, 2015

Fri, Dec 11, 2015

 

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