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Jeffrey Alan Lawton

Biographical Information

Jeffrey Alan Lawton

Education

  • LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas, Chemistry, B.S., summa cum laude, May 1990,
  • Center for International Cultural Exchange, Shenzhen University, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, Mandarin Language Study Program, 1991-1993
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Biochemistry, Ph.D., October 1998.
    Thesis: Structural Studies of the Mechanism of Genome Transcription in Rotavirus using Electron Cryomicroscopy and Image Reconstruction

Grants

  • Eastern University Summer Research Stipend, May 2014, Title: “Characterization of Substrate Binding in the Active Site of HsvA, an Amidinotransferase Enzyme Required for Full Virulence in the Fire Blight Pathogen” Total award: $3,000
  • Cottrell College Science Award, July 2008 – June 2011, Source: Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Tucson, AZ Title: “Expression and Functional Characterization of Enzymes Associated with Pathogenicity in Erwinia amylovora, the Fire Blight Pathogen” Total award: $30,738
  • Curriculum Development Grant, December 2009, Source: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Title: “From Gene to Structure: Lactobacillus bulgaricus Lactate Dehydrogenase as a Unified Curriculum Model for Undergraduate Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory Courses” Total award: $1,000
  • Eastern University Provost Research Fellowship, May 2006, Title: “Cloning, Expression, and Purification of Virulence-Related Proteins from the Bacterial Plant Pathogen Erwinia amylovora, the Cause of Fire Blight Disease in Apple and Pear” Total award: $1,500
  • Eastern University Faculty Development Grant, May 2006, Purpose: Purchase of equipment and supplies for undergraduate research projects, Total award: $1,000
  • Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2005Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (National Institutes of Health) Project Title: “Mechanism of Pathogen Recognition by Toll-like Receptors”Total project award: $148,500
  • Irvington Institute for Immunological Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, declined
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Traineeship

Awards & Honors

  • Joshi Memorial Prize for Outstanding Student Oral Presentation, 1998
  • Joshi Memorial Prize for Outstanding Student Poster Presentation, 1997
  • Claude W. Smith Fellowship Award for Excellence in Research, 1995
  • Professor John J. Trentin Award for Academic Excellence, 1994
  • Undergraduate: Who's Who Among American College and University Students, 1990
  • LeTourneau University Gold Key Academic Honor Society, 1990

Associations

  • 2006 – present American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The ASBMB is one of the leading professional societies in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, with a mission to promote research, shape public policy, and support science education, particularly at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • 2009 – present Christians for Biblical Equality. CBE is an international organization with a mission to promote a biblically based equality and mutuality among men and women in all areas of the Christian life and service within the church.

Journal Articles

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Presentations

  • Lawton AP, Brewer JC, and Lawton JA. “From Gene to Structure: L. bulgaricus Lactate Dehydrogenase as a Unified Curriculum Model for Undergraduate Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory Courses.” Student-Centered Education in Molecular Life Sciences, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 5-8 August 2009. Poster presentation.
  • Lawton JA. “Mentored Student Research as an Integral Component of an Effective Undergraduate Degree Program in the Natural Sciences.” International Conference on Reinventing Paradigms in Liberal Arts Education, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, INDIA, 10-11 August 2007. Oral presentation.
  • Lawton JA, Estes MK, and Prasad BVV. “Identification and characterization of a transcription pause site in rotavirus.” 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 8-12 July 2000. Oral presentation.
  • Lawton JA, Estes MK, and Prasad BVV. "Antibody-mediated inhibition of genome transcription in rotavirus is caused by the blockage of mRNA translocation through the capsid." FASEB Conference on Viral Assembly, Saxton's River, Vermont, 4-9 July 1998. Poster presentation.
  • Lawton JA, Estes MK, and Prasad BVV. "Structural studies on the mechanism of genome transcription in rotavirus." 6th International Symposium on Double Stranded RNA Viruses, Cocoyoc, MEXICO, 9-14 November 1997. Oral presentation.
  • Lawton JA, Estes MK, and Prasad BVV. "Three dimensional visualization of mRNA release from actively transcribing
    rotavirus particles." Gordon Research Conference on Three Dimensional Electron Microscopy, Henniker, New Hampshire,22-27 June 1997. Poster presentation.
  • Lawton JA and Prasad BVV. "Structural studies on the mechanism of RNA polymerization within structurally-intact rotavirus double-layered particles." FASEB Conference on Viral Assembly, Saxton's River, Vermont, 22-27 June 1996.
    Poster presentation.
  • Lawton JA, Rothnagel R, Estes MK, and Prasad BVV. "Structural studies on transcription in rotavirus." 14th Annual
    Meeting of the American Society for Virology, University of Texas, Austin, 8-12 July 1995. Poster presentation.
  • Barnhart B* and Wallace V*, Chang D, Thomas M, Metzler D, and Lawton J. “HsvA, a Virulence Factor from the Fire
    Blight Pathogen Erwinia amylovora, is a Novel Polyamine Amidinotransferase.” 25th Annual Saint Joseph’s University
    Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 12 April 2014. Poster presentation.
    (*contributed equally to the work)
  • Chang D* and Ho E*, and Lawton J. "Cloning and Expression of Virulence Factors amsD and amsE from the Fire Blight Pathogen Erwinia amylovora." 24th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 19 April 2013. Poster presentation. (*contributed equally to the work)
  • Beck A* and Merkel C*, Coyle T, Thomas M, Metzler D, and Lawton J. "Functional Characterization of HsvA, a Protein
    Required for Full Virulence in the Fire Blight Pathogen, Erwinia amylovora." 24th Annual Saint Joseph’s UniversitySigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 19 April 2013. Poster presentation.
    (*contributed equally to the work)
  • Thomas M, Ruth C, Shanker S, Metzler D, Prasad B, and Lawton JA. "Biochemical and Structural Characterization of
    HsvA, a Protein Required for Full Virulence in the Plant Pathogen, Erwinia amylovora." 23rd Annual Saint Joseph’s
    University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 13 April 2012. Poster
    presentation.
  • Kreiter C* and Sieber N*, Selg A, and Lawton JA. “Cloning, Expression, and Biochemical Characterization of HsvB, a
    Virulence Factor from the Fire Blight Pathogen.” 21st Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research
    Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 23 April 2010. Poster presentation. (*contributed equally to the work).
  • Sarver K and Lawton JA. “Cloning and expression of OrfT, a potential virulence factor from the plant pathogen Erwinia
    amylovora.” 20th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University,
    Philadelphia, PA, 17 April 2009. Poster presentation.
  • Selg A* and Caldwell K*, Metzler D, and Lawton JA. “Purification, Expression, and Characterization of HsvA, and Protein Required for Full Virulence in the Plant Pathogen, Erwinia amylovora.” 20th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 17 April 2009. Poster presentation. (*contributed equally to the work).
  • Metzler D and Lawton JA. “Expression, purification, and biochemical characterization of HsvA, a protein required for
    full virulence in the plant pathogen, Erwinia amylovora.” 19th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student
    Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 18 April 2008. Poster presentation.
  • Rhys J, Brett J, and Lawton JA. “Cloning and expression of OrfC and DspF, molecular chaperones in Erwinia
    amylovora.” 19th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University,
    Philadelphia, PA, 18 April 2008. Poster presentation.
  • Mensch C, Fichera, M, and Lawton JA. “Heterologous Expression and Functional Characterization of Secretion and
    Nuclear Localization Signals in OrfM, a Potential Virulence-Associated Protein from the Plant Pathogen Erwinia
    amylovora.” 18th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University,
    Philadelphia, PA, 20 April 2007. Poster presentation.
  • Abler E and Lawton JA. “Cloning and expression of virulence-associated protein Orf13 from Erwinia amylovora.” 17th
    Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 22 April 2006. Poster presentation.
  • Glendinning E and Lawton JA. “Heterologous expression of OrfA from Erwinia amylovora for protein characterization.”
    17th Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA,22 April 2006. Poster presentation.
  • Jung E and Lawton JA. “Cloning and expression of Orf12, a virulence-associated protein from Erwinia amylovora.” 17th
    Annual Saint Joseph’s University Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 22 April 2006. Poster presentation.
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