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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Immunology and Microbiology merged in January 2017 to form the new Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. 

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have become central to the biological revolution that is transforming the life of all humans. Our goal is to prepare students for active participation in this exciting area of human endeavor, by investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes, with emphasis by focusing on the relationship between macromolecular structure and function. Our research programs range from investigations of the detailed interactions of biological molecules and to broad studies of evolutionary processes. The department has undergone a major expansion in the area of in structural biology, with new faculty who have nationally ranked programs in x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Read more.

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Instruction in Proposal Writing
November 28 2017 at 8:30 AM
McGregor Memorial Conference Center (495 Gilmour Mall) conference
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host a full day research grant writing proposal seminar for WSU faculty, post-docs, and space permitting, advanced doctoral students. The Office of the Vice President for Research is sponsoring the cost to bring AtKisson Training Group to campus. There will be two incidences of this seminar with similar content and the same presenter, one on main campus (November 28, 2017) and one on medical campus (March 7, 2018). Both seminars will be presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson of AtKisson Training Group. Instruction in Proposal Writing – must register by November 16, 2017: November 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. McGregor Memorial Conference Center (495 Gilmour Mall) conference room J Seminar Information: Light morning refreshments and lunch will be served. This session will combine lecture format and engagement activities, and will be customized based on potential funding targets indicated by registrants. This full day session is designed to convey the fundamentals of proposal writing, with concepts backed up with concrete tips and operational strategies. A combination of didactic presentation, “in-classroom flipped classroom”, and audience participation to engage participants will be used throughout the day. Targeted learning outcomes include understanding of the preparation steps before writing, techniques for creating a strong argument for the proposed project, techniques for communicating the approach clearly, and understanding how these techniques connect to the process by which a grant proposal is reviewed. This will be a fairly broad-based training, with some emphasis on key agencies determined by registrant interest. Integrated into the session will be ways to make the proposal process part of the everyday academic process, and to strategically plan for longer-term funding. Registration is limited! Registration and requested information needs to be completed by November 13, 2017 for the seminar on November 28, 2017. The Office of the Vice President for Research is covering the full costs for the seminar and refreshments. Registrants must be nominated by a university official – department chair for faculty members, faculty researcher for postdoctoral fellows, and graduate advisor for graduate students. Please provide the name and email of your nominating official at the time of registration.  
Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1): A new immunomodulator of inflammatory diseases
November 28 2017 at 11:30 AM
Scott Hall
Featuring Wook-Jin Chae, Ph.D., associate research scientist for the Department of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine. Presented by the WSU Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry.
Stress Here, Stress There, Stress Everywhere!
November 28 2017 at 3:00 PM
Stress has a hefty price tag for employers. Billions of dollars are spent annually dealing with employee absenteeism, turnover, low morale and losses in productivity. While stress is a normal part of our lives, excessive stress can have a devastating effect at both work and home. Give your employees the tools they need to manage stress in a healthy way, reducing workplace issues and improving their overall quality of life.
End of Life Care and the Role of Anesthesia
November 29 2017 at 7:00 AM
Harper University Hospital
Featuring Laura Clemens, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer of NorthStar Anesthesia. Presented by the WSU Department of Anesthesiology.
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