HongBok and Ryan present at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting!

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.

Erin named a 2017 SPIE Senior Member!

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. 

Our first macromolecular crowding paper is out!

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).

Congratulations to Nathan, Kaelt, and Sheila!

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!