Atlanta, GA – April 8, 2017

Location: Urban Life Building, Room 220

All Talks are 15 min plus Q&A up to 20 min total


8:00                 Coffee and Poster Setup

8:30                 Opening Remarks: Ellen Moomaw, Kennesaw State University


8:40-9:40        Oral Presentations Session 1 – Chair: Zac Wood, University of Georgia

8:40                 Naga Sandhya Guntaka – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Crystal structure and functional analysis of ClbQ, an unusual intermediate-releasing

thioesterase from the colibactin biosynthetic pathway

9:00                 Daniel Ouedraogo – Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

 Role of loop L1 dynamics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa D-Arginine dehydrogenase

9:20                 Shanzhi Wang – University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR

Dissecting the roles of the enzymatic and scaffolding functions of EXO1 in vivo


9:40-10:50      Poster Session 1 (numbers 1-52)


11:00-12:00    Oral Presentations Session 2 – Chair: Anne-Frances Miller, University of Kentucky

11:00               H. Diessel Duan – University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

FixAB at the heart of flavin-based electron bifurcation in diazotrophic bacteria

11:20                Mingjie Li – Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

The thermodynamics of metal and substrate binding to taurine/α-ketoglutaratedependent

oxygenase (TauD) from E. coli

11:40               Charlie Carter – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Do transitions between conformational substates help stabilize chemical transition

states? Combinatorial thermodynamic cycle analysis


12:00-1:00      Group Photo followed by Lunch Break


1:00-1:40       Oral Presentations Session 3 – Chair:  Kevin Francis, Texas A&M University- Kingsville

1:00                 Kaiyuan Zheng – Auburn University, Auburn, AL

 Elucidation of the biosynthesis pathway for the key coenzyme of methanogenesis and anaerobic methane oxidation 

1:20                  Prashasti Kumar – University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Insights into a low promiscuous aminoglycoside modifying enzyme, aminoglycoside N3 acetyltransferase-VIA


1:40-2:50        Poster Session 2 (numbers 53-102)


3:00-4:00        Keynote Presentation– Chair: Ellen Moomaw, Kennesaw State University

                            Judith Klinman, University of California Berkeley

 How close are we to explaining enzyme catalysis?


4:00                 Closing Remarks: Ellen Moomaw, Kennesaw State University


4:30-6:30       Post-Conference Networking Social @ Ellis Hotel

PDF versions of previous Southeast Enzyme Conference Abstract Books can be viewed by clicking here.