TBIC

Tri-college Bioinorganic Chemistry

The T-BIC consists of Rob Scarrow's research group from Haverford, Sharon Burgmayer's group from Bryn Mawr, and Liliya Yatsunyk's group from Swarthmore. Our group was initiated through Mellon Seed grants in 2009. We meet about 5 times a year on each of the three campuses for joint group meetings where students share their research findings and engage in scientific discussions in a collaborative environment. Once a year we invite an outside speaker, well-respected in the bioinorganic field, for a formal presentation. This presentation is usually accompanied by a small poster session that facilitates communication and idea exchange.

For example, during the 2009-2010 academic year Dr. Veronika Szalai from NIST (back then from University of Maryland, Baltimore County) was the first T-BIC sponsored speaker. At Haverford she gave a research seminar on interactions of copper and the amyloid-beta peptide related to Alzheimer's disease. In 2010-2011 academic year Dr. Charles Riordan of the University of Delaware gave a TBIC presentation at Bryn Mawr. His seminar focused on functional models of oxygenase enzymes using coordination complexes of nickel. In February 2014 Dr. Nicolai Lehnert from the Chemistry Department of the University of Michigan presented at TBIC the talk titled: "The first Functional Model System for Flavo-diiron Nitric Oxide Reductases".

We also hosted local research groups at TBIC, specifically those of Dr. Mark Schofield and Dr. Louise Charkoudian from Haverford, Dr. Yan Kung from Bryn Mawr. The faculty and students from these group presented their work at TBIC enriching experience of our students. TBIC meetings led to collaborative work between our three campuses.

TBIC meeting on March 2nd, 2016 at Bryn Mawr

The following students and faculty attended the meeting from Bryn Mawr: Nam Nguye, Haley Varnum, Alexandra Nagelksi, Dough Gisewhite, and Isil Sozuer; from Haverford Karina Gomez, Irene Evans, George O'Hara, and Ben Burke; and from Swarthmore: Jessica Chen, Thomas Ruan, Sayed Malawi, Irene Xiang, Alice Liu, Deondre Jordan, and Barrett Powell. The faculty and students enjoyed the following presentations:

1. Jessica Chen, Swarthmore: Secondary structure determination for (CAGAGGG)n repeats

2. Alexandra Nagelski, Bryn Mawr: Molybdenum pyranopterin dithiolene complexes: investigating the steric effects in molybdenum cofactor models

3. Ashley Zhu, Bryn Mawr: Pterin reduction in Moco model complex: Effects on the electronic environment.

Karina Gomez from Haverford presented a poster "Reactivity of nitric oxide with [Fe(DIG3tren)](triflate)2" which she will bring with her to the ACS meeting in San Diego, March 2016.
 

TBIC meeting on December 7, 2015 at Swarthmore

16 students and faculty met and enjoyed the following presentations:

  1. Thomas Ruan '16 (undergraduate, Swarthmore college): TMPyP4 derivatives as quadruplex ligands
  2. Benjamin Williams (graduate student, Bryn Mawr college): Pyran tautomerism and pterin reduction in a molybdenym complex modeling Molybdenym cofactor
  3. Karina Gomez (undergraduate, Haverford college): Nitric oxide reactivity with [Fe(DIC3tren)](triflate)2

TBIC meeting on February 4, 2015 at Haverford

Research groups of Rob Scarrow (Haverford), Sharon Burgmayer (Bryn Mawr) and Liliya Yatsunyk (Swarthmore) attended the meeting. June Lee, Jessica Chen, Josh Turek-Herman, Supriya Davis, and Delfin Buyco represented Swarthmore. Today TBIC hosted two outside research groups of Dr. Louise Charkoudian from Haverford, Dr. Yan Kung from Bryn Mawr. The students from these two groups presented short talks.

TBIC meeting on Apr 15, 2014 at Swarthmore (Tue 6-8 pm)

In attendance at TBIC: Swarthmore - 8 people; Haverford - 5; Bryn Mawr - 8, total 21 people

Presentation by Navin Sabharwal (undergraduate, Swarthmore): N-methylmesoporphyrin IX fluorescence as a reporter of strand orientation in guanine quadruplexes.  Presentations from Bryn Mawr and Haverford followed.

TBIC meeting Feb 5 2014, Haverford (Wed, 5-7 pm)

Swarthmore team arrived at Haverford in the middle of an ice storm. Swarthmore campus had no electricity that day, but Haverford, luckily, did. Bryn Mawr decided to play it safe and did not come to the meeting. The main speaker for this evening was Dr. Nicolai Lehnert from the Chemistry Department of the University of Michigan. His talk is titled:  "The first Functional Model System for Flavo-diiron Nitric Oxide Reductases" After his presentation Dr. Lehnert discussed science with our students.

TBIC meeting on Sept 20, 2013 at Bryn Mawr

KJ Bredder, Michelle, Navin Sabharwal, Mary Kuchenbrod, and Josh Turek-Herman from Swarthmore attended the meeting.

TBIC meeting on March 26, 2013 at Swarthmore (Tue 6:30 pm)

Bryn Mawr was represented by Sharon Burgmayer, Ben WIlliams,Juliana Quarterman, Doug Gisewhite, Yichun Fu, Hannah Gilbert,Anna Kalinsky, Stephanie Yang, and Tianmin Chen. Swarthmore was represented by Liliya Yatsunyk, Navin Sabharwal, Vienna Tran, Michelle Ferreira, Steven Barrett, Supriya Davis, and Josh Turek-Herman. 7 students from Haverford attended the TBIC.

Navin Sabharwal (undergraduate, Swarthmore) presented the talk titled "N-Methyl Mesoporphyrin IX as a strand-sensitive G-quadruplex reporter"

Ben and Juliana (Team Ru) from Bryn Mawr presented their work.

TBIC meeting on October 22, 2012 at Haverford College

22 students and faculty met and enjoyed the following presentations:

  1. Michelle Ferreira (undergraduate, Swarthmore)
    Synthesis and Preliminary Characterization of Novel Polyamide Derivatives of Protoporphyrin IX and Mesoporphyrin IX
  2. Ben Williams (graduate student, Bryn Mawr)
    Structure and Reversible Pyran Formation in Molybdenum Pyrano-terin Dithioline Models of the Molybdenum Cofactor

TBIC meeting on June 6, 2012 at Swarthmore College

19 students and faculty met and enjoyed the following presentations:

  1. Steven Barrett (undergraduate, Swarthmore)
    Structural Considerations of the NMM-Tel22 Complex
  2. Alexandra and Juliana (undergraduates, Bryn Mawr)
    Synthesis and Characterization of Ruthenium Complexes with dppz Ligands
  3. Jolie Krooks (undergraduate, Haverford) Isothiocyanato Co(II) and Cu(II) Complexes of Four Coordinate Tripodal Ligand (FCTC) with Conformational Binding Pocket

TBIC meeting on April 3, 2012 at Bryn Mawr College

Students and faculty from Yatsunyk's, Scarrow's and Burgmayer's groups gathered together for research discussions. The following talks were presented:

  1. Rob Scarrow and Jeff Schneider (undergraduate, Haverford)
    [Co(DIG3tren)X]X, where X = OAc, SCN, OCN, N3, Cl, F, and benzoate
  2. Navin Sabharwal (undergraduate, Swarthmore)
    Investigating the interactions between a platinum(II) metalloporphyrin and quadruplex DNA [pdf]
  3. Doug Giseqhite (graduate student), Yichun Fu, Hannah Gilbert, Suyin Lee (undergraduates, Bryn Mawr)
    Modeling the Molybdenum Cofactor

TBIC meeting on April 3, 2012 at Bryn Mawr College

TBIC meeting on February 7, 2012 at Swarthmore College

18 students and faculty from Yatsunyk's, Scarrow's and Burgmayer's groups gather together in the evening of February 7 to hear updates of each others research. The following talks were presented:

  1. Ben Williams (graduate student, Bryn Mawr)
    Investigations of BMOPP Chemisry: Modeling of the Mo cofactor
  2. Kevin D'aqilla (undergraduate, Haverford)
    Ni(II) complex with DIG3 TREN: potential oxidative catalysis and reactivity
  3. Cole Harbeck and Vienna Tran (undergraduates, Swarthmore)
    Stabilization of G-Quadruplex DNA by FRET [pdf]

TBIC meeting on February 7, 2012 at Swarthmore College