HongBok Lee and Ryan Leighton (and Erin) are presenting posters on their work with the macromolecular crowding sensors at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society! This meeting will be held February 17-21 in San Francisco CA. HongBok has received travel support from the Graduate School, SCSE, and the Department; and Ryan has received travel support from SCSE and the Department. We thank them for their support.
Alex Naughton and Ryan Leighton have been awarded UROPs that are allowing them to carry out research on ionic strength probes this semester. Congratulations!!
We would like to welcome Scarlet Hoffman and Christin Libal to the Sheets/Heikal groups!! We are looking forward to great results from you.
We would like to welcome Kelsey Omariba to our group! She comes to us from Rogers MN! Welcome and may your gels work.
Erin has been selected as a Senior Member to SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) for her achievements in integrated microscopy, spectroscopy, optical trapping and tracking platforms. Senior members are members of distinction who are honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers.
Congratulations to Jake and Hannah for doing great jobs on their theses! We are busy writing up their beautiful results using FRET sensors to investigate macromolecular crowding. Well done and good luck in the next stages in your careers!
Alex Naughton and fellow Sheets/Heikal group members, Ntsang Anye, Ryan Leighton, and Deon Van Gorsel, presented their posters on Friday, August 4, 2017, at the SURP poster fair. Congratulations on their successful and productive summer in the Sheets and Heikal research groups!
We just published our first macromolecular crowding paper, with many more to follow! Congratulations to Megan Currie, Hannah Leopold, and Jake Schwarz for their hardwork and a job well-done! Check it out: M Currie, H Leopold, J Schwarz, AJ Boersma, ED Sheets, and AA Heikal, “Fluorescence dynamics of a FRET probe designed for crowding studies.” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 121:5688–5698 (2017).
We would like to welcome Alex Naughton, who just joined our group. He is participating in the 2017 Swenson Undergraduate Research Program this summer, and will be continuing on with us this coming academic year. Welcome aboard!
We would like to celebrate our recent graduates from the Sheets Group, Nathan Korson, Kaelt Simpson, and Sheila Paintsil. Nathan Korson, a Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology double major, will be heading off to Cornell University for a PhD in the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology graduate program. Kaelt Simpson was a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry and German triple(!!) major. She is off to the University of Oregon, where she will pursue a masters degree in Chemistry in the Polymer Science track of the Master’s Industrial Internship Program. Sheila Paintsil, a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major, finished coursework in December. She will be applying to programs in the fall. Congratulations to all three! We are very proud of you and look forward to seeing what you will accomplish in the future!