Two presentations from the Banta Lab were given at the 2023 American Chemical Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Simay Gokulu presented a poster entitled "Effects of applied mechanical forces on enzymatic activity via DNA spring assembly around alcohol dehydrogenase (AdhD) from Pyrococcus furiosus". And Farid Khoury presented a poster entitled "Calcium-dependent platform for protein purification and sensing".
Professor Banta co-convened a session entitled "Microbial Metal Recovery from All Industrial Wastes and Co-Products" at the SIMB annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Within the session Hannah Zurier presented a talk entitled "Effects of Rare Earth Elements on the Biomining Organism Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans"
Salomon Vainstein successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled "Engineering Formate Dehydrogenase Enzymatic Activity for Non-Canonical Cofactors Through Rational Design". Sal is the 20th PhD student and first magician graduating from the Banta Lab. Congratulations Dr. Vainstein!