Public Release:  Biophysical Society announces winners of 2012 Education Committee travel awards

Biophysical Society

Rockville, MD -- The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its Education Committee travel awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 56th Annual Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, February 25-29, 2012. The recipients of this competitive award are selected based on scientific merit, with priority given to those who will present a paper at the conference. Each awardee receives a travel grant and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, February 25.

The 2012 recipients of the Education Committee Travel Award are:

  • Parisa Asghari, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, MULTIPLE, DYNAMIC, PACKING STRATEGIES OF RYANODINE RECEPTORS IN VENTRICLE.
  • Anna Blice-Baum, Duquesne University, INTERACTIONS OF THE FRAGILE X MENTAL RETARDATION PROTEIN WITH A G-QUADRUPLEX FORMED BY THE FMRP MRNA.
  • Matthew Blosser, University of Washington, EVALUATING A METHOD FOR PRODUCING ASYMMETRIC GIANT UNILAMELLAR VESICLES.
  • Norman Brede, Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels, Spain, GRASPJ - AN OPEN SOURCE, REAL-TIME ANALYSIS PACKAGE FOR SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGING.
  • Deborah Capes, University of Wisconsin, DIRECT EVIDENCE OF COUPLING BETWEEN THE SELECTIVITY FILTER REGION AND VOLTAGE-SENSOR IN A VOLTAGE-DEPENDENT SODIUM CHANNEL.
  • Wei Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology, OBSERVING REAL-TIME FORCE-DEPENDENT CONFORMATIONAL CHANGES OF SINGLE INTEGRIN ON LIVING CELLS AND THEIR REGULATION OF LIGAND DISSOCIATION.
  • Jerome Clatot, INSERM, Saint Prix, France, ROLE OF THE CYTOPLASMIC N-TERMINAL DOMAIN OF THE CARDIAC SODIUM CHANNEL ALPHA-SUBUNIT.
  • Nicolas Clauvelin, Rutgers University, LOOPING AND LONG-DISTANCE COMMUNICATION ON CHROMATIN.
  • Amy Clobes, University of Virginia, THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL KINETICS OF BINDING AND UNBINDING ARE BOTH REGULATED BY MYOSIN'S ACTIN-BINDING LOOP.
  • Eef Dries, KU Leuven, Belgium, 3-D LOCALIZATION OF SUBCELLULAR CA2+ RELEASE REVEALS A CYTOSKELETAL DEPENDENCE OF RYR ACTIVATION.
  • Elizabeth Drolle, University of Waterloo, Canada, AMYLOID-BETA 1-42 BINDS PREFERENTIALLY TO NANOSCALE ELECTROSTATIC DOMAINS IN CHOLESTEROL-ENRICHED DOPC LIPID MEMBRANE.
  • Rachel Evans, University of Virginia, FIBRONECTIN MATRIX ASSEMBLY REGULATES SHEAR STRESS-INDUCED STRUCTURAL REMODELING AND MOTILITY.
  • Claire Feetham, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, VOLUME CONTROL IN THE PVN: A ROLE FOR TRPV4.
  • Gregory Futia, University of Colorado, Denver, MICRO-RAMAN OF CANCER CELLS: TOWARD LABEL-FREE SORTING OF CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS FROM WHOLE BLOOD.
  • John Goertz, Seattle University, CHARACTERIZATION OF GLUCOCORTICOID RECEPTOR-HSP90 CHAPERONE MACHINERY HETEROCOMPLEX ASSEMBLY USING ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY.
  • Jacob Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania, THIOAMIDE QUENCHING OF INTRINSIC AND EXTRINSIC PROTEIN FLUORESCENCE: MINIMALIST TOOLS FOR STUDYING PROTEIN DYNAMICS.
  • Zachary Graber, Kent State University, IONIZATION PROPERTIES OF PHOSPHATIDYLINOSITOL 4,5-BISPHOSPHATE IN COMPLEX TERNARY LIPID SYSTEMS.
  • Anmol Grover, Carnegie Mellon University, SITE-SPECIFIC LABELING OF SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE RIBOSOMES.
  • Emily Guinn, University of Wisconsin, Madison, DEVELOPING SOLUTES AS PROBES OF PROTEIN AND DNA PROCESSES.
  • Tuan Hoang, University of Guelph, Waterloo, Canada, EXPLORING THE BIOPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF HUMAN UNCOUPLING PROTEINS: A SEARCH FOR THEIR PHYSIOLOGICAL ROLES IN THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
  • Matej Hotka, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, VOLTAGE DEPENDENCE OF CALCIUM SPIKE CHARACTERISTICS IN RAT CARDIAC MYOCYTES.
  • Yi Hu, Stony Brook University, STRUCTURAL STUDIES ON THE SIMILARITY AND POTENTIAL INTERACTION BETWEEN Aβ42 AND PRION PEPTIDES.
  • Ignacio Izeddin, Ecole Normale Superieuere, Paris, France, DYNAMICS OF NUCLEAR PROTEIN EXPLORATION REVEALED BY INTRACELLULAR SINGLE PARTICLE TRACKING PALM.
  • Pierre-Yves Jean-Charles, Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine, CARDIAC TROPONIN I C-TERMINAL MUTATIONS (K178E AND K179E) CAUSE SEVERE HEART FAILURE AND EARLY MORTALITY IN TRANSGENIC MICE.
  • Madeleine Jensen, Columbia University, THE MAGNESIUM DEPENDENCE OF RIBOSOME AND tRNA DYNAMICS IN SINGLE PRE-TRANSLOCATION RIBOSOMAL COMPLEXES.
  • Rashek Kazi, Stony Brook University, ELECTROSTATICS IN THE NMDA RECEPTOR TRANSDUCTION PATHWAY ALTER GATING.
  • Katrice King, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, CHOLESTEROL DEPENDENT AND INDEPENDENT DOMAIN FORMATION IN MIXED PHOSPHATIDYLINOSITOL/PHOSPHOINOSITIDE MODEL MEMBRANES.
  • Tatiana Kilch, Saarland University, Homburg, Germany, STIM1 MUTANTS MODIFY CRAC BY ALTERING ORAI1 PROTEIN CONCENTRATION.
  • Marija Kosutic, Illinois Institute of Technology, ROLE OF THE SIDE CHAINS IN THE ACTIVITY OF CYCLIC N-SUBSTITUTED GLYCINE OLIGOMERS.
  • Matthew Leitch, University of Texas Medical Branch, FACTOR VIII MEMBRANE-BOUND ORGANIZATION.
  • Shixin Liu, University of California, Berkeley, COMPLETE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MECHANOCHEMICAL CYCLE OF A HOMOMERIC RING ATPASE.
  • Sigrid Milles, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, SINGLE MOLECULE STUDY OF THE INTRINSICALLY DISORDERED FG-REPEAT NUCLEOPORIN 153.
  • Oliver Monfredi, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, SYNCHRONIZATION OF LOCAL CALCIUM RELEASES BY BETA-ADRENERGIC STIMULATION IN CARDIAC PACEMAKER CELLS.
  • Jonathan Nickels, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, METHYL DYNAMICS IN BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES: EVOLUTION AND IMPLICATIONS.
  • Tijesunimi Odebode, University of Maryland, Baltimore, UNDERSTANDING ALLOSTERIC INHIBITION IN LIGAND AG6 BOUND TO NS5B USING MOLECULAR DYNAMIC SIMULATIONS.
  • Olayinka Oshokoya, University of Missouri, MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF DEEP ULTRAVIOLET RESONANCE RAMAN SPECTRA:SECONDARY STRUCTURE DETERMINATION.
  • Elvis Pandzic, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, CONFINED DYNAMICS AND MEMBRANE DOMAIN FEATURES REVEALED BY IMAGE CORRELATION SPECTROSCOPY TOOLKIT.
  • Elisa Parra, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, EFFECTS OF HIDROPHOBIC SURFACTANT PROTEINS SP-B AND SP-C ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND STRUCTURAL STABILITY OF PHOSPHOLIPID BILAYERS.
  • Zhangli Peng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MULTISCALE SIMULATION OF MALARIA-INFECTED ERYTHROCYTES AND SPHEROCYTES OF HEREDITARY SPHEROCYTOSIS PASSING ENDOTHELIAL SLITS IN THE SPLEEN.
  • Laurent Potvin-Trottier, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, LINKING MOLECULAR TRANSPORT, TRACTION FORCES AND SIGNALING IN MIGRATING CELLS.
  • Ruoyi Qiu, North Carolina State University, CONFORMATIONAL CHANGES IN MUTS DURING MISMTACH REPAIR SIGNALING DETERMINED WITH SINGLE MOLECULE FRET.
  • Sabyasachi Rakshit, Iowa State University, SINGLE MOLECULE MEASUREMENTS OF CATCH BOND FORMATION IN CADHERIN CELL-ADHESION PROTEINS.
  • Anand Ramanathan, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, STRUCTURAL BASIS OF RNA RECOGNITION AND ACTIVATION BY INNATE IMMUNE RECEPTOR RIG-I.
  • Patrice Rassam, Center for Structural Biochemistry, Montpeillier, France, ANALYZING DIFFERENTIAL DYNAMICS OF CD9 AND CD81 WITH SINGLE MOLECULE TRACKING.
  • Saeed Saberi Modaber, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, SELF-ORGANIZED PROTEIN LOCALIZATION AND DNA SEGREGATION INSIDE BACTERIAL CELLS.
  • Nazmul Sarker, Fordham University, DESIGN OF SELF-ASSEMBLED PEPTIDE ASSEMBLIES AND THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH LIPID MEMBRANES.
  • Jie-Pan Shen, Academia Sinica, Taipei City, Taiwan, PROBE PATTERN TRANSITIONS IN BACTERIAL OSCILLATING SYSTEM USING PALM IMAGING AND NANOFLUIDIC CONFINEMENT.
  • Akritee Shrestha, Hamilton College, EFFECT OF LIPID BILAYER COMPOSITION ON THE MEMBRANE-BINDING ABILITY AND DEPTH OF INSERTION OF ANTIMICROBIAL PISCIDIN 1: A SOLID-STATE DEUTERIUM NMR STUDY.
  • Harini Sreenivasappa, Texas A&M University, MODULATION OF INTEGRIN-EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX ADHESIONS BY RHOA AND SRC.
  • Furong Sun, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, INSIGHT INTO THE STRUCTURAL BASIS AND INTERMOLECULAR INTERACTIONS OF THE PHYTOPHTHORA SOJAE AVIRULENCE HOMOLOG-5 WITH PHOSPHATIDYLINOSITOL-3-PHOSPHATE.
  • Cheng-Ting Tsai, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, SWI5-SFR1 STABILIZES FORMATION OF RAD51 NUCLEOPROTEIN FILAMENTS.
  • Makoto Tsunozaki, University of California, Berkeley, THE PLANT-DERIVED ALKYLAMIDE, HYDROXY-ALPHA-SANSHOOL, INDUCES ANALGESIA THROUGH INHIBITION OF VOLTAGE-GATED SODIUM CHANNELS.
  • Carmina Verdia Baguena, James I University, Castellon de la Plana, Spain, ON CHANNEL ACTIVITY OF SYNTHETIC PEPTIDES DERIVED FROM SEVERE AND ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS (SARS-CoV) E PROTEIN.
  • Sterling Wheaten, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, DETERMINING THE MECHANISM OF PEPTIDE-INDUCED DYE-FLUX FROM GIANT UNILAMELLAR VESICLES.
  • Amy Won, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, INTERACTION BETWEEN LYTIC PEPTIDE LATARCIN 2A AND SUPPORTED LIPID BILAYERS STUDIED BY IN SITU ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY.
  • Zhongyu Yang, Jules Stein Eye Institute, ROOM TEMPERATURE ELECTRON SPIN RESONANCE DISTANCE MEASUREMENTS IN T4 LYSOZYME USING TRITYL-BASED SPIN LABELS.
  • Thomas Zangle, University of California, Los Angeles, MEASUREMENTS OF CELL MASS DISTRIBUTION DURING CELL DIVISION WITH QUANTITATIVE PHASE MICROSCOPY.
  • Yingqian Zhan, University of Idaho, IMPACT OF K24N MUTATION ON P53TAD AND ITS INTERACTION WITH MDM2.
  • Chen Zhang, Georgia State University, DISEASE RELATED MUTATIONS ADJACENT TO PREDICTED MULTIPLE CA2+ BINDING SITES OF CA2+-SENSING RECEPTOR ALTERING INTRACELLULAR CA2+ OSCILLATIONS VIA EXTRACELLULAR CALCIUM AND AMINO ACID SIGNALING.

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1956, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. For more information on these awards, the Society, or the 2012 Annual Meeting, visit http://www.biophysics.org.

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