Interdisciplinary Research Training

Fermentation
Fermentation
Fermentation
Magnetic Circular Dichroism
Fermentation
Resonance Raman

In recognition of the facilities and expertise available for interdisciplinary training in bioinorganic chemistry and metallobiochemistry, the CMS was awarded a NSF Research Training Group (RTG) Award ($2.5M) in 1990. This highly successful training program was in operation for the maximum 11 year period allowed for RTG awards and comprised a summer undergraduate research experience program, a graduate training program including a CMS Colloquium Series with 8-10 invited speakers per year, and a summer inorganic biochemistry workshop (IBSW). The RTG provided support for 64 undergraduates to take part in the summer undergraduate research experience program and for 42 graduate students to receive interdisciplinary training under the co-direction of two faculty in different disciplines. A total of eight, 11-day inorganic biochemistry summer workshops provided interdisciplinary training involving lectures and practical sessions for a total of more than 600 graduate and postdoctoral students from US academic and industrial institutions (see links below). In addition to CMS faculty, more than 100 distinguished faculty from other institutions participated in this series of workshops. The summer workshops were very well received by the entire bioinorganic and metallobiochemistry research community and were pivotal in establishing the CMS as an international center of excellence for research and training in metals in biology and medicine. To strengthen our expertise in metals in medicine, two new faculty with research programs focused on metal-based drugs, nanomedicine, and metal-based imaging, have been hired in the past four years.

The RTG fostered interdisciplinary collaborations between UGA research groups that have continued long after the completion of the formal training program. For example, graduate students involved in projects involving metal in biology or medicine usually have CMS faculty with diverse expertise on their committees to encourage interdisciplinary interactions. Moreover, the health and success of interdisciplinary metallobiochemistry research at UGA can be gauged by the number of undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs who have received interdisciplinary training, the publications and grant support of CMS members, and the number seminars, symposia and conferences at UGA associated with the roles metals in biology or medicine. From 2008-2013, 119 undergraduates, 98 graduate students, and 49 postdocs have received interdisciplinary research training in the metals in biology or medicine with CMS faculty members. Moreover, CMS faculty have published more than 230 original research papers and been awarded more than $33M in grant support for projects specifically related to metals in biology or medicine. Many of publications and grants are collaborations between two or more CMS faculty. During this period, there have been 49 Chemistry, BCMB or Microbiology seminars delivered by external speakers discussing the latest research in metals in biology and/or medicine, many partially sponsored by CMS. The CMS was also the main sponsor and host for the 5th International Conference on Iron-Sulfur Cluster Biogenesis and Regulation which was organized and chaired by Michael K. Johnson at UGA, Aug 30-Sept 2, 2009. Three CMS faculty, Mike Adams, Rob Maier, and Barney Whitman, organized a Symposium in honor of the retirement of Distinguished Research Professor Juergen Wiegel (a former CMS member) entitled “Extremophiles: Key to Bioenergy?” at UGA, Sept 19-20, 2011.

Several new courses have been developed for undergraduate and graduate students to facilitate interdisciplinary studies involving metals in biology and medicine. At the undergraduate level, a senior level special topics course in Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM 4400) will be offered for the first time in Spring 2014. At the graduate level, cross-listed courses in Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM/BCMB 8250), Physical Methods in Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (CHEM/BCMB 8220), Nanomedicine (CHEM/PHRM 8290) have been developed. In addition, cross-listed courses in NMR Spectroscopy of Biomolecules (CHEM/BCMB 8190), Mass Spectrometry of Biomolecules (CHEM/BCMB 8810), Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography (BCMB/CHEM 8180/8181) and Biomolecular Modeling and Simulation (CHEM/BCMB 8330), Protein Structure-Function Relationships (BCMB/CHEM 8110), as well as more traditional courses in Enzymology, Molecular Biology, and Transition Metal Chemistry, are available.


CMS Home  Metals in Biology and Medicine  CMS Faculty  Interdisciplinary Research Training  Core Facilities and Major Equipment  Seminars  Contact CMS

This website is maintained by Sharon Hayes. Last updated on 12/03/2013.

UGA Arches