Latest news from the Beatty Research Group.

Professor Jon White: Longwood University

Congratulations to Jon White!  Jon has joined the faculty at Longwood University as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.  He was a postdoc in the Beatty lab from 2015-2017 and completed his PhD at University of Oregon.  Good luck Jon!

Community Outreach: STEM Like a Girl

Dr. Beatty volunteered on June 24 at a "STEM Like a Girl" workshop in Portland, Oregon.  The program was organized by STEM Like a Girl (, and was offered to 3rd to 6th grade girls and their parents.  Dr. Beatty helped the girls make fizzy flower bath bombs, which used acid-base chemistry.  They also had the chance to make an art robot, a really fun challenge that involved a lot of trial and error.  The girls were enthusiastic to learn about opportunities to become scientists, and the event was a lot of fun! 

Dr. Beatty was featured on the STEM Like a Girl blog.

Welcome Matha!

The Beatty Lab is happy to welcome Dr. Matha Naganbabu, a chemical biologist with expertise in fluorophore chemistry and protein tags.  Matha moved to Portland at the end of May, and joins Team VIP.

Postdoc Wanted!

The Beatty group is currently looking for a postdoctoral scholar to join Team VIP.  This person will join an innovative research project developing a new technology for labeling cellular proteins for imaging by fluorescence and electron microscopy. Please visit Science careers to see the ad or apply from the OHSU website (IRC 61313).

Seminar at UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Beatty presented a seminar at UC Santa Barbara on January 31.  Prof. Norbert Reich hosted her seminar through the Biomolecular Science and Engineering program.  Dr. Beatty was delighted to be back on the UCSB campus.  She did her undergraduate degree at UCSB and completed a research project under the mentorship of Prof. Alison Butler, bio-inorganic chemist.  It was a wondeful place to launch a research career- top-notch research, great teaching and mentoring, talented graduate students, and a gorgeous location. 

Here is a picture of Dr. Beatty in the Butler lab taken in 2018 (left)--- compare to her picture from ~2002 (right). 



2017 Chemical Biology and Physiology Conference

The first 2017 Chemical Biology and Physiology Conference was held at OHSU from December 10 to 13.  Michael Cohen, Tom Scanlan, and Carsten Schultz organized the scientific program, which featured a series of great talks and a poster session.  Keynote talks were given by Craig Crews, Alanna Schepartz, Dirk Trauner, and Kevan Shokat.  Dr. Beatty presented a seminar titled "A new technology for tracking cellular proteins at high resolution" in "Session 5: Optical & Imaging Tools".  Other talks in Session 5 were given by Jin Zhang (UCSD), James Frank, and Jennifer Prescher (UC Irvine).  Julia Doh presented a poster.  The 2018 meeting will be held in Germany, with plans to have the 2019 meeting return to OHSU.

Prof. White: Willamette University

Congratulations to Dr. Jon White for his new position as a visiting professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.  Those are some lucky undergrads!

Cheese Celebration 2017

The Beatty lab gathered in October 2017 for a cheese tasting and celebration honoring Dr. Sam Levine and her success during her postdoc at OHSU.  The favorite cheese was an aged gouda, although the Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog was really delicious too!  Congratulations Sam on finishing up!

Zoo Outing 2017

The lab enjoyed a fun day at the Oregon Zoo on August 4, 2017.  The highlight of the day was watching the lions enjoy their "meat balls"- chunks of raw meat.  Julia and Kimberly were glad to be out of the spray zone when the male lion decided to share his feelings with the crowd. 

Women's Circle of Giving

Dr. James Korkola and Dr. Kimberly Beatty are honored to receive a research grant from the OHSU Women's Circle of Giving.  This generous support will enable Jim and Kimberly to use a new technology to investigate drug resistance mechanisms in HER2+ breast cancers. The technology will allow them to tag and track the locations and interactions of breast cancer receptors in cancer cells.  A press release for this award can be found here:

(From left to right) Circle of Giving Co-Chair Teri Oelrich, James Korkola, Ph.D., Kimberly Beatty, Ph.D., Circle of Giving Co-Chair Patti Warner, and Renee Edwards, M.D., M.B.A., OHSU Center for Women's Health co-director. (OHSU)

Seminar in Korea (GIST)

Dr. Beatty recently traveled to South Korea.  Dr. Inchan Kwon, Dean of Sciences at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), invited her to present her research on chemical tools for studying Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Dr. Beatty enjoyed catching up with Dr. Kwon- they both completed their doctoral research with Dr. David Tirrell at Caltech.

Bioorganic GRC 2017

Dr. Beatty attended the Bioorganic GRC in New Hampshire.  She was invited to present a short talk on the new VIP tags project.  The program was excellent, in large part because of the amazing community of chemists in attendance.

VIP Tags Paper!

Hannah and Julia's paper has been accepted for publication in ChemBioChem!  This paper describes a heterodimeric coiled-coil pair (CoilY-CoilZ) for labeling proteins with bright fluorophores.  It is available online now: