• Welcome new MSIB student Michael Woods, who is getting a jump on his M.S. program by starting his research this summer! Michael will be working with Dan to fix CRISPR/Cas.


  • Grant renewed! The National Institute on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering just funded our group for another 3 years! Let's go cure something, guys!
  • News you can use!Intrepid post-doc Julia LeCher has cleared out some grad school cobwebs with a publication in Viruses! It's a freely available handy guide for what to do when you're bitten by a B-virus-infected macaque! Let's get her usage metrics up! Dowload early and often!
  • Dr. Amber Caldara ('15) defended her doctoral thesis at Emory's Cancer Biology Program. She finished her degree in a record-shattering three years, nine months! She's off to a lucrative consulting gig in the Big Apple. Another McMurry Lab MiracleTM!

Amber defending

  • Thanos 'asked' McMurry to give the Graduate Commencement address. In all his years of service to Thanos, he has never failed her. Had he declined, there would have been... judgment. Sadly, the speech is preserved for posterity here, starting ~21 minutes in.


  • McMurry Lab grad students Maria Mbugua and Laura-Maria Oja rocked ASBMB '19 in Orlando with two sizzling poster presentations! You can read their abstracts here and here.


  • All we do is win, win, win! Emma Henry ('20) has been awarded a 2019 Birla Carbon fellowship to pursue research full-time this summer! She joins the long line of McMurry Lab Birla Carbon Scholars Sydney Green, Amber Caldara, David Axford and 2018 Birla Carbon Symposium winner Hope Didier. Thanks to Aditya Birla Group and their Marietta-based subsidiary Birla Carbon for the support!
  • Match Day! McMurry Lab alumnae Lauren (Beaseley) Thomas ('14) and Katy Helms both matched at residency programs of their choice. They're off to UF-Pensacola and Wake Forest, respectively! Congratulations!

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  • Hot off the virtual presses! Our collaboration with Natalia Hubbs of Hanover College was accepted by Acta Virologica (the #1 Bratislava-based virology journal!). While it's in press, you can get your pre-print copy from bioRvix! Download early and often! Congratulations to Mareena Whisby-Pitts on her first publication!


  • Our first patent application has been published! Read it and weep, Big Pharma! We're coming for you!
  • Recent alumna Jisu Lee ('18) was featured in the Honors College newsletter with a story detailing her rugby and research exploits. And yes, that is David Axford ('18) in the upper right corner! (I call the below photo "If do right, no can defense!")


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  • Congratulations to December McMurry Lab graduates Camila Bejarano, Jisu Lee and Hannah Moorman on their Ascension to the Pantheon of the Graduated



  • Congratulations to Emma Parks (B.S. '18), admitted to 5 M.D. programs and counting!
  • Our own Daniel Morris gets his star turn on the Office of Research Website in a story about his grant! He also received a mention from President Thanos in her blog.

Dan at bench







  • To heck with Reviewer #2! After several frustrating years of trying to get it published, we've just released "Control of eNOS and nNOS through regulation of obligatory conformational changes in the reductase catalytic cycle" to bioRxiv, the Cold Spring Harbor preprint server. It's likely John Salerno's last paper. Answering reviewer criticisms without John's expertise (and mostly about to his endearingly Spartan graphing style) in lifetime spectroscopy proved too daunting a task to attempt a sixth time. Here's hoping the work finds its audience and contributes to better understanding of NOS regulation. Download early and often!


  • All-star undergrad Hope Didier beat out the rest of KSU's best and brightest student researchers to win the Best Presentation Award at the 2018 Birla Carbon Symposium. In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to the scientific conference of her choice, Hope won a hearty handshake and photo with Dean Anderson! 

Hope & Dean



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  • Welcome to the newest member of the McMurry Group, Laura-Maria Oja (MSCB '20), who comes to us after a glorious track and field career with the Owls. She's 'off and running' on our induced pluripotent stem cell project, a collaboration with Martin Hudson.

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  • Spring Minion Mayhem! Former minion Dr. Katherine (Rhoades) Smith, M.D. (KSU '14) graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine and is off to Emory for a residency in internal medicine. David Axford ('18) was featured on the KSU front page as he departs for Auburn VCOM. And Emma Parks ('18) won Outstanding Honors Student. And Kevin Patel of the Chrestensen Lab brought the most awesome E. coli apple pie evah to the lab party! Congratulations to McMurry Lab Alumni near and far! We're proud of you all! Excelsior!

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Steven @ Symposium

  • Doctoral program decisions have been made! Kelsey Clearman has accepted an offer from UAB's Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology Program and Shaquanna Young has accepted an offer from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease Cluster at the University of Virginia! Excelsior!

Kelsey and Shaquanna







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  • Kelsey Clearman won the KSU Three Minute Thesis Competition, not only tearing through a field that included several doctoral candidates, but also bringing home the $500 prize! 

Kelsey 3MT winner


  • Congratulations to Hope Didier, who has been selected as a 2018 Birla Carbon Scholar! Hope will spend the summer working in the lab and is widely considered a favorite to win the symposium presentation award! (No pressure...). Thanks to Birla Carbon for sponsoring the award.
  • Congratulations to David Axford! David has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biology and will be honored with a commemorative plaque and a hearty handshake from Dean Anderson! In other David news, next fall he will start medical school at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn, paid for entirely by the U.S. Navy! Another McMurry Lab Miracle!(TM)

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  • Hannah Moorman (B.S. '19) made The Waycross Journal-Herald ("South Georgia's Greatest Newspaper) for her appearance on the president's list.
  • Hot off the virtual presses! An old collaboration finally bears fruit. We provided the biosensing expertise to Oli Kerscher's group at William & Mary and his group for their SUMO work. See a cool write up of Oli's work here. Gray, D., Peek, J., Rosenberg, D., Kolla, L., Harvey, C., Levy-Myers, R. McMurry, J.L. and Kerscher, O. (2018) “SUMO targeting of a stress-tolerant Ulp1 SUMO protease,” PLoS One, 13(1):e0191391.



  • Anchors Aweigh! Congratulations to David Axford, who was awarded a U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship - full ride to medical school! David Med School







  • Jonathan McMurry gave the Berry College Chemistry Department seminar. It was squatting room only!

Berry College talk

  • The McMurry Group presented seven (!) posters at the GABio Innovation Summit, with Kelsey Clearman taking home the hardware, winning the Anthony Shuker Poster Award! Congrats to Julia LeCher, Emma Parks, Camila Bejarano, Steven Ho, Shaquanna Young and Luke Dickson!


  • Kelsey Clearman and Shaquanna Young presented their work at the Emory Laney Graduate Symposium.


  • Jonathan McMurry has been called up to The Show! Alas, for one day only...Vanderbilt Colloqium


Luke Dickson


  • Jonathan McMurry went on vacation. There was much rejoicing.

Lab June 2017

  • Another McMurry Lab Miracle™! Dr. Josh Francis successfully defended his doctoral thesis June 22 at Emory. Dr. Eric Hoffer was in the crowd of well-wishers. Great to see McMurry Lab alums doing well!

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  • Kelsey ClearmanMareena Whisby and Shaquanna Young have been accepted to the Emory-Laney Graduate Symposium where they will present their work this October. Congratulations!
  • All of our first year MSIB students have passed their thesis proposals! 'Clearly' in the lead was Kelsey Clearman, who had the good sense to provide her committee with donut-like cupcake thingies and then skated through as committee members slipped into diabetic comas! That's how you pass your thesis proposal!!!