Cecile decided to visit us, so we had an impromptu lab party. A good excuse for Indian food.
The Ronning lab welcomes Rasangi Pathirage and Brooke Ballis. Rasangi will initially be working on enzymes related to mycobacterial primary metabolism and Brooke will be studying some methyltransferases important for mycobacterial viability.
A 5-year review of structural biology performed at the Oak Ridge National Lab IMAGINE beam line was published in ACTA Cryst D this month. A portion of one neutron crystal structure published by Mike Banco from the Ronning group in PNAS 2016 was used for the cover illustration. If you have access to ACTA Cryst D, the following link will take you to the review.
The NIH has renewed an R01 grant for 5 more years to support our study of trehalose use in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Congratulations to Mike on completing the defense of his dissertation and his final talk to the department. Well done!
Cecile performed her final duty to earn her Ph.D. Although defending her dissertation on April 12, her final talk to the department was today. Congratulations Cecile. Best of luck in Hamburg.
Mike Banco, Chris Goins, and Cecile Petit were all hooded today. Congratulations to the three of them. Best of luck at your respective post-doc positions. I wish you success in your future research endeavors.
Dr. Ronning, along with 25 other University of Toledo faculty, was honored for his "Outstanding Contributions in Scholarship" by University of Toledo President, Sharon Gaber, during a ceremony at the President's home. Pictured below from left to right are President Gaber, Kristin Kirshbaum (who also won an award and is the Director of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematic Instrumentation Center), Don Ronning, and Frank Calzonetti (Vice President for Research).
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry held the annual Awards Tea. Numerous awards were given. Gwendal Loarer and Cecile Petit, in an unprecedented dual sweep, were both awarded the "Best TA of the Year Award." They are the 5th and 6th winners of that award from the Ronning lab.
An equally impressive accomplishment, Celine Schreidah was awarded the Henry R. Kreider Scholarship.
Congratulations to all three. Well done!
Today is Chris Goins' last day in the Ronning lab. He is leaving for his Post-doc position at Case Western Reserve University. Best of luck to Chris with his new science!