Biophysical Society 2014
This year I was fortunate to be selected to give a Platform Talk at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco on my research with students at Amherst College. As I was the only of the final 4 speakers to actually make it to the conference (blizzards are bad for science) I want to thank the attenders for sticking around for my talk.
"Stability and Dynamics of Alpha Crystallin Oligomers Probed by FRET and FCS Reveal Persistent Oligomerization Under Dilute Conditions"
Happy Endings and Beginnings
As 2013 ends I can't help but thank the students from Chem131 for such a great Fall semester. Here they have just completed assembling a model of a nine residue peptide hormone in one of our labs.
As 2014 begins I also get to celebrate Pat O'Hara's FRAP award which was funded to upgrade our single molecule detectors! These will enable our lab to return to true single molecule FRET measurements.
Can a Biologist fix a Radio? (With apologies to any biologists)
I was just introduced to an interesting article that tries to explain biological research with the crazy analogy of biologists attempting to fix a transistor radio.
Take a quick read if you are interested:
Starting over the Summer and continuing this semester I have been working to upgrade our lab's Single Molecule capabilities. Starting with a re-write of our LabView scripts we are streamlining our data collection for smFRET and then upgrading our photon detectors. We are also introducing limited FCS capabilities via software correlation to measure the diffusion times of macromolecules.
Schwille and Haustein, Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy, Biophysics Textbook Online
This Fall I am running the first-year biochemistry survey course. The group this year is very involved and I am enjoying guiding them through the chemical principles the give rise to biological processes such as oxygen transport and antibody recognition.
Raysa Cabrejo and Shahzad Anwar worked with me in lab this summer to get a head start on their Thesis Projects. Alex Pearlman was awarded a Post-Bacc Scholarship and was able to spent ~9 weeks in lab to tie up loose ends and generate some exciting new data.
Biophysical Society Trip
The O'Hara/Hebda Group traveled to Philadelphia to present research posters and take part in the Annual Meeting