Group Meetings


> 2019 Fall semester (Updated: 2019-11-01)

  • 19-12-06 (FRI): TBA


> 2018 Spring semester

March 2018
  • 03-16. MAS: Graduate seminar practice
  • 03-23. **March symposium: Part 1**
  • 03-28. **March symposium: Part 2**
  • 03-30. No meeting (Good Friday)
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
  • 06-01. **Spring semester symposium**
  • 06-08. No meeting (Spring semester finals)
  • 06-15. TBA
  • 06-22. TBA
  • 06-29. TBA
July 2018
  • 07-06. TBA
  • 07-13. TBA
  • 07-20. TBA
  • 07-27. TBA

> 2017 Fall semester 

October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 2018
February 2018


> 2017 Spring semester group meeting schedule (Updated: 2017-05-16)

> 2016 Fall semester group meeting schedule (Updated: 2016-11-27)

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> 2016 Summer (Updated: 2016-07-06)

  • 2016-07-08 (FRI). Xavier’s practice for REU Symposium (9:00 AM)
  • 2016-07-13 (WED). Xavier’s presentation at the REU Symposium (1:00 PM)
  • 2016-07-15 (FRI). Mid Summer symposium (9:00 AM)


> 2014 Spring Semester (last updated 2014-05-01)


  • 01-16. Proposal A overview (LB, LAP)
  • 01-24.
  • 01-31. Research project overview. (MCRS, LMN)


  • 02-07. Abstract writing workshop.  (JMR)
  • 02-14. Feb. Symposium 1. (LMN, LDR, LAP)
  • 02-21. Feb. Symposium 2. (MCRS, LB)
  • 02-28. JTM first practice. (YRV, JARC, EPP, DDM)


  • 03-07. Research project overview (TLD)
  • 03-14. Proposal B overview (MCRS)
  • 03-21. JTM final practice. (LDR, YRV, JARC, EPP, DDM)
  • 03-28. Proposal A final practice (LB, LAP)


  • 04-04. Literature update. Presenting: TBA
  • 04-11. Thesis defense overview (LMN)
  • 04-18. Spring Break
  • 04-25. Current proposal overview (JMR)


  • 05-02.  JMR
  • 05-09. TBA
  • 05-16. No meeting during this week
  • 05-23. Spring Semester Symposium (All)
  • 06-13. Thesis defense final practice (LMN)


> 2013 Spring Semester

Last updated 20130517

• May

> Thursday, May 16th, 2013 (8:30 AM-12:00 PM)
> Friday, May 17th, 2013 (8:30 AM-11:00 AM)

[] Mario (5 + 5)
[] Ana Victoria (10 + 5)
[] Loruhama (10 + 5)
[] Julio (5 + 5)
[] Luis Prieto (5 + 5)
[] Berti (15 + 5)
[] Madhavi (5 + 5)
[] Gopal (15 + 5)
[] Yazmary (10 + 5)
[] María (15 + 5)
[] Maxier (10 + 5)
[] Manolo (15 + 5)


> 2012 Spring Semester (last updated 2012-02-20)


• February


> 20120203

MGA; Article: Phan et al. “Stacking of G-quadruplexes: NMR structure of a G-rich oligonucleotide with potential anti-HIV and anticancer activity” Nucleic Acids Res. 2011, 39, 9448–9457 (OGQ; self-assembly; structure; NMR)

> 20120210

MMH: Free-Energy Landscapes of Ion Movement through a G-Quadruplex DNA Channel (OGQs; cations; dynamics; computer modeling)

NZH: Self-assembly of pH-responsive fluorinated dendrimer-based particulates for drug delivery and noninvasive imaging (supramolecular; dendrimers; self-assembly)

> 20120217

AS: Dal Molin, M.; Gasparini, G.; Scrimin, P.; Rastrelli, F.; Prins, L. J. 13C-isotope labelling for the facilitated NMR analysis of a complex dynamic chemical system. Chem. Commun. (Camb.) 2011, 47, 12476–12478. (supramolecular; dynamic combinatorial chemistry; NMR; methods)

JCR: Khakshoor, O.; Wheeler, S. E.; Houk, K. N.; Kool, E. T. Measurement and Theory of Hydrogen Bonding Contribution to Isosteric DNA Base Pairs. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012. (non-covalent-interactions; DNA; H-bonds; nucleoside-derivatives)

> 20120224

February Symposium (Graduate students and postdocs only)

• March


> 20120302

JTM/PRISM 2012 practice (Undergraduate students only)

> 20120309

MCRS: Dumas, A.; Luedtke, N. W. Fluorescence properties of 8-(2-pyridyl)guanine “2PyG” as compared to 2-aminopurine in DNA. ChemBioChem 2011, 12, 2044–2051. (DNA; fluorescence; fluorescent probes; OGQ; G-derivatives)

RDMR: Tran, P. L. T.; Moriyama, R.; Maruyama, A.; Rayner, B.; Mergny, J.-L. A mirror-image tetramolecular DNA quadruplex. Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 5437–5439. (OGQ; structure; dynamics; chirality; CD)

> 20120316:

DSB: Small-molecule-induced DNA damage identifies alternative DNA structures in human genes. Rodriguez R, Miller KM, Forment JV, Bradshaw CR, Nikan M, Britton S, Oelschlaegel T, Xhemalce B, Balasubramanian S, Jackson SP. Nat Chem Biol. 2012. doi: 10.1038/nchembio.780 (OGQ; GQ-binder; genome; in vivo)

MAS: Collie, G. W.; Promontorio, R.; Hampel, S. M.; Micco, M.; Neidle, S.; Parkinson, G. N. Structural basis for telomeric G-quadruplex targeting by naphthalene diimide ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012. (OGQ; GQ-binder; self-assembly; structure; X-Ray)

> 20120323

March Symposium (AM/PM)


ACS National Meeting SD

• April

> 20120406

Spring break (no meeting)

> 20120413

Lab business meeting

> 20120420

PG: Darses, B.; Greene, A. E.; Poisson, J.-F. Asymmetric Synthesis of Cyclobutanones: Synthesis of Cyclobut-G. J. Org. Chem. 2012. (synthesis; nucleosides; G-derivatives; nucleoside-derivatives; drug-development)

YMC: Gadzikwa, T.; Bellini, R.; Dekker, H. L.; Reek, J. N. H. Self-Assembly of a Confined Rhodium Catalyst for Asymmetric Hydroformylation of Unfunctionalized Internal Alkenes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 120201163314004. (synthesis; catalysis; supramolecular)

> 20120427

LMN:  Li, I. T. S.; Walker, G. C. Signature of hydrophobic hydration in a single polymer. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2011, 108, 16527–16532.  (supramolecular; hydrophobicity; NCIs; single molecule; AFM; folding; thermodynamics; methods)

AVM: Pace, C. J.; Zheng, H.; Mylvaganam, R.; Kim, D.; Gao, J. Stacked Fluoroaromatics as Supramolecular Synthons for Programming Protein Dimerization Specificity. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 51, 103–107. (non-covalent interactions; protein–protein interactions; self-assembly; stacking interactions;  supramolecular)

• May


> 20120504

LRR: Peng, H.-Q.; Chen, Y.-Z.; Zhao, Y.; Yang, Q.-Z.; Wu, L.-Z.; Tung, C.-H.; Zhang, L.-P.; Tong, Q.-X. Artificial Light-Harvesting System Based on Multifunctional Surface-Cross-Linked Micelles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 2088–2092. (click chemistry; micelles; energy transfer; light-harvesting; self-assembly; supramolecular)

LMD: Cole, E. L.; Arunkumar, E.; Xiao, S.; Smith, B. A.; Smith, B. D. Water-soluble, deep-red fluorescent squaraine rotaxanes. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012; ASAP; DOI: 10.1039/C2OB06783H (click chemistry; fluorescence; rotaxanes; imaging probes; supramolecular)

> 20120511

Spring Semester Symposium: Part 1 (SSS1)

> 20120518

Spring Semester Symposium: Part 2 (SSS2)

> 20120525


Updated guidelines for article synopses and blogging… (v. 20120424.1)A. Make sure the email with your synopsis includes the following (the checklist is meant to help you keep track of the things you need to send):[] A word file (.doc format is preferred) with your synopsis. The font should be Arial and the font size should be 12 pt.

[] Link to the original article
[] Reference of the article (including the names of all the authors)
[] An original (and attractive) graphical depiction of the article in jpg format. Let the picture “talk” for itself and minimize text. (NOTE: Each semester we will vote for the best synopsis and best picture. So, go ahead and get creative!)
[] Link(s) to the main author(s) website(s)

[] Hyperlink generously throughout your synopsis, especially for unusual terms (denoting, for examples, techniques, medicines, etc.).
[] Due date: Two weeks prior to your presentationB. Guidelines to prepare a synopsis (and comments).• Article’s central idea (rationale, findings):
[] What is the significance of the article?
[] How novel are the results?
[] What would you have done differently regarding this issue?
[] What is the significance of the article?
[] How novel are the results?
[] Is the length of the manuscript appropriate to its contents?
[] What would you have done differently regarding this point?• Experimental methods & techniques.
[] Did the authors performed appropriate control experiments?
[] Are the conclusions supported by the results?
[] Are the references appropriate and correct?
[] Whenever applicable, is the characterization provided for new compounds appropriate with regard to identity and purity?
[] What would you have done differently regarding this point?• The narrative.
[] Is the narrative engaging?
[] Was the problem put in the proper perspective?
[] Did the authors do a good job explaining the significance of their findings?
[] What would you have done differently regarding this issue?C. Guidelines exclusive for comments.[] Everyone (except the person that wrote a given synopsis) must comment on both posts (review and article).
[] Deadline for submitting your comments: Wednesday at midnight (12 AM). The presenter will evaluate the comments and address any questions and concerns. These will be incorporated in the presentation. (NOTE: Each presenter will select the best (most thoughtful and insightful) comment of their synopsis.)
[] Was the synopsis well written (spelling and grammar)?
[] Could a person with a general knowledge of chemistry be able to grasp the fundamentals of the article being discussed?
[] Did the blogger follow guidelines?
[] What do you think of the blogger’s picture?
[] Did the blogger used supplementary material to aid in the understanding of his/her synopsis (e.g. hyperlinks)
[] What advice can you give to the blogger to improve his/her future synopses?D. You may want to check out some these chemistry-related blogs to get in the mood for writing your synopsis:


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