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  • Katie Berry

Katie Berry received the Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for her project: Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial RNA-Binding Proteins. The project is for five years.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation


Wang CD [MHC '19], Mansky R [MHC '20], LeBlanc H [MHC '20], Gravel CM [MHC '20], Berry KE. 2021. Optimization of a bacterial three-hybrid assay through in vivo titration of an RNA-DNA adapter-protein. RNA, 27, 513-526.


Stein, EM, Kwiatkowska, J, Basczok, MM, Gravel, CM [MHC '20], Berry, KE, & Olejniczak, M. 2020. Determinants of RNA recognition by the FinO domain of the Escherichia coli ProQ protein. Nucleic Acids Research, 48(13): 7502-19. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkaa497


Pandey, S. [MHC '19], Gravel, C.M. [MHC '20], Stockert, O.M. [MHC '21], Wang, C.D. [MHC '19], Hegner, C.L. [MHC '19], LeBlanc, H. [MHC '20] & Berry, K.E., Genetic identification of the functional surface for RNA binding by Escherichia coli ProQ. Nucleic Acids Research, gkaa144, DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkaa144. (March 14, 2020)


Berry K.E., Peng B., Koditek D., Beeman D., Pagratis N., Perry J.K., Parrish J., Zhong W., Doudna J.A., Shih I-h. (2011) Optimized high-throughput screen for Hepatitis C virus translation inhibitors. J Biomol Screen, 16, 211-20.


Berry K.E., Waghray S.*, Mortimer S.A., Bai Y., Doudna J.A. (2011) Crystal structure of the HCV IRES central domain reveals strategy for start-codon positioning. Structure, 19, 1456-66. (* indicates undergraduate mentee)


Fraser C.S., Berry K.E., Hershey J.W., Doudna J.A..(2007) eIF3j is located in the decoding center of the human 40S ribosomal subunit. Mol Cell, 26, 811-9.


Paley R.S., Berry K.E., Liu J.M., Sanan T.T. (2009) Diastereoselective intramolecular pinacol couplings of sulfinyl iron(0) diene complexes. J Org Chem, 74, 1611-20.


Berry K.E., Waghray S.*, Doudna J.A. (2010) The HCV IRES pseudoknot positions the initiation codon on the 40S ribosomal subunit. RNA, 16, 1559-69.  (* indicates undergraduate mentee)