Public Release:  Biophysical Society announces winners of 2014 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 58th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 15-19, 2014. The recipients of this competitive award, all of whom are students and postdoctoral fellows, are selected based on scientific merit. Each awardee will be presenting their research during the meeting, will receive a travel grant, and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, February 15.

The recipients of the 2014 Education Committee Travel Award are:

  • Ahmed Abdelfattah, University of Alberta, DEVELOPMENT OF A RED GENETICALLY-ENCODED VOLTAGE INDICATOR AND ITS USE WITH CHANNELRHODOPSIN FOR ALL-OPTICAL ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

  • Andrew Allan, University of Glasgow, CORRELATION BETWEEN VENTRICULAR REPOLARISATION PATTERNS AND T-WAVE GENERATION IN ISOLATED RABBIT HEARTS USING PANORAMIC IMAGING

  • Maiwenn Beaugrand, University of Quebec at Montreal, EXPRESSION AND PURIFICATION OF A FUNCTIONAL HERG PORE DOMAIN FOR BIOPHYSICAL AND ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL STUDIES

  • Gaetano Bonifacio, University of Lausanne, COORDINATED MOVEMENTS DURING ASIC1A ACTIVITY

  • Mario Brameshuber, Vienna University of Technology, DIRECT IMAGING OF MOBILE NANODOMAINS IN THE LIVE CELL PLASMA MEMBRANE BY USING A TWO-COLOR PHOTOBLEACHING APPROACH

  • Hugo Brandao, McGill University, MEASURING LIGAND-RECEPTOR BINDING RATES WITH K-SPACE IMAGE CORRELATION SPECTROSCOPY: THEORY AND EXPERIMENTAL APPLICATIONS

  • Ashley Chui, California State University, Fullerton, STATHMIN EXISTS AS AN OLIGOMER IN SOLUTION, AS EVIDENCED BY STATIC LIGHT-SCATTERING, NATIVE GEL ELECTROPHORESIS, AND EPR SPECTROSCOPY

  • Ben Chung, Duke University, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF MRAY, AN ESSENTIAL MEMBRANE ENZYME FOR BACTERIAL CELL WALL SYNTHESIS

  • Rebekah Daniel, Willamette University, A ROLE FOR MYOSIN VI IN RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM PHAGOCYTOSIS

  • Eleni Degaga, Syracuse University, THE CELLULAR CONTENT OF NON-ERYTHROID SPECTRINS AND ANKYRINS IS MODULATED BY EXTERNAL FORCES.

  • Yue Ding, Emory University, A COMBINED SINGLE MOLECULE FRET / MAGNETIC TWEEZERS INSTRUMENT TO CALIBRATE MOLECULAR TENSION - BASED FLUORESCENCE PROBES

  • Melinda Diver, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, MAPPING THE SUBSTRATE BINDING SITES OF THE INTEGRAL MEMBRANE METHYLTRANSFERASE ICMT BY MUTATIONAL ANALYSIS

  • Elin Edwald, University of Michigan, SIZE AND ACYLATION INFLUENCE THE LATERAL MOBILITY OF PLASMA MEMBRANE PROTEINS IN LIVE CELLS

  • Thais Azevedo Enoki, University of Sao Paulo, THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE ANTIMICROBIAL PEPTIDE K-HYA1 AND MODEL MEMBRANES: DISTINCT ACTION IN NEUTRAL OR NEGATIVELY CHARGED BILAYERS.

  • Jose Flores-Canales, Carnegie Mellon University, MULTISCALE SIMULATIONS OF DIPHTHERIA TOXIN T-DOMAIN MEMBRANE ASSOCIATION

  • Joseph Fogarty, University of South Florida, OPTIMIZATION OF COARSE-GRAINED WATER-ION INTERACTION PARAMETERS FOR BIOLOGICAL SIMULATION

  • Manuela Gabriel, University of California, Irvine, SPECTROSCOPIC PROPERTIES OF INTRINSIC PROTEINS IN COLLAGEN SAMPLES BY USING GOLD-NANOPARTICLES AND TWO-PHOTON EXCITED FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY

  • Kaitlyn Gerhart, Georgetown University, ENANTIOSPECIFIC RECOGNITION OF THE INTRINSICALLY DISORDERED C-MYC ONCOPROTEIN BY SMALL MOLECULES

  • Lindsey Handley, University of California, San Diego, THE DYNAMIC FUNCTIONAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE THROMBIN-THROMBOMODULIN INTERACTION

  • Amy Hanna, Australian National University, MECHANISMS OF ANTHRACYCLINE-INDUCED DYSFUNCTION OF CALCIUM HANDLING PROTEINS IN THE HEART

  • Tobias Hartwich, Yale University, A SIMPLE CHEMICAL OXYGEN SCAVENGING SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED DSTORM TISSUE IMAGING

  • Nida Hasan, University of Maryland, CHARGE CROWDING PROMOTES SELF-ASSEMBLY OF COLLAGEN HETROTRIMERS

  • Yaser Hashem, Columbia University, STRUCTURE OF THE MAMMALIAN RIBOSOMAL 43S PREINITIATION COMPLEX BOUND TO THE SCANNING FACTOR DHX29

  • Avelino Javer, University of Cambridge, SHORT-TIME DYNAMICS E. COLI CHROMOSOMAL LOCI REVEAL A DEPENDENCE ON COORDINATE AND INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF A SPORADIC BUT UBIQUITOUS SUPER-DIFFUSIVE MOTION.

  • Sha Jin, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, AMYLOID-ß42 AGGREGATION ON CELLULAR MEMBRANES FACILITATES ITS CELLULAR UPTAKE

  • You Jung Kang, Pennsylvania State University, ELECTROFORMATION OF UNIFORMLY SIZED GIANT LIPOSOMES WITH FUNCTIONAL MEMBRANE PROTEINS

  • Jonathan Kessler, Washington University, INTRAFLAGELLAR TRANSPORT INHOMOGENEITY IN CHLAMYDOMONAS IMP3 MUTANT

  • Sangwoo Kim, Swarthmore College, PROBING AND CHARACTERIZING DISTINCT CONFORMATIONAL STATES POPULATED BY INFLUENZA A M2 PROTEIN

  • Shweta Kothari, California State University, Long Beach, ANALYSIS OF THE MOLECULAR ORGANIZATION OF LIPOPROTEIN-ASSOCIATED APOLIPOPROTEIN E, AN ANTI-ATHEROGENIC PROTEIN

  • Daniel Lauster, Humboldt University of Berlin, RASTERING THE INFLUENZA VIRUS SURFACE WITH MOLECULAR RULERS AND NANOPARTICLES TO DESIGN OPTIMAL MULTIVALENT INHIBITORS

  • Sherry Leung, Simon Fraser University, EFFECTS OF FLUORESCENT PROBES ON LIPID MEMBRANE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

  • Zachary Levine, University of California, Santa Barbara, TAU(273-284): A MOLECULAR DYNAMICS STUDY OF INTRINSICALLY DISORDERED PROTEIN CONFORMATIONS IN THE PRESENCE OF OSMOLYTES

  • Taylor Light, James Madison University, INFLUENCE OF HOFMEISTER SALTS ON THE STRUCTURE, AGGREGATION, AND UNFOLDING OF RECA

  • Jonathan Litz, University of Washington, PROBING CHOLESTEROL-LIPID INTERACTIONS AND CHEMICAL ACTIVITY OF CHOLESTEROL IN BILAYERS VIA CYCLODEXTRIN DEPLETION

  • Nicole Michmerhuizen, Calvin College, A BIOPHYSICAL STUDY OF THE G-QUADRUPLEX-INSULIN INTERACTION

  • William Monteith, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PROTEIN STABILITY IN LIVING CELLS

  • David Mowrey, University of Pittsburgh, INSIGHTS INTO THE DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT SENSITIVITIES OF α7 AND α7β2 NACHRS TO THE VOLATILE ANESTHETIC ISOFLURANE

  • Divakaran Murugesapillai, Northeastern University, ARCHITECTURAL ROLE OF HMO1 IN BENDING, BRIDGING AND COMPACTING DNA

  • Ana Sofia Oliveira, New University of Lisbon, MD SIMULATIONS REVEAL AN ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY FOR DIOXYGEN DIFFUSION IN aa3 CYTOCHROME C OXIDASES

  • Linnea Olofsson, Center for Structural Biochemistry, SPECIFIC REGULATION OF TRANSITION RATES BETWEEN ACTIVE AND INACTIVE STATES OF THE METABOTROPIC GLUTAMATE RECEPTOR DETERMINES AGONIST EFFICACY

  • Akash Pandhare, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, NEURONAL NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS: THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS FOR PRODUCING AFFINITY-PURIFIED AND LIPID-RECONSTITUTED RECEPTORS THAT RETAIN FUNCTIONALITY

  • Dakshesh Patel, State University of New York, ALTERATIONS IN IONIC CURRENTS AND GAP JUNCTIONAL COUPLING BY PAN-HISTONE DEACETYLASE INHIBITION

  • Suchithranga Perera, University of Arizona, G-PROTEIN-COUPLED RECEPTOR ACTIVATION INVESTIGATED USING SMALL-ANGLE NEUTRON SCATTERING

  • Stefania Perticaroli, University of Tennessee, SUPPRESSION OF PICOSECOND DYNAMICS IN β-CASEIN UPON CALCIUM BINDING

  • Piotr Popov, Kent State University, LIQUID-CRYSTAL-BASED BIOSENSOR WITHOUT ALIGNMENT SUBSTRATE

  • Priya Putta, Kent State University, INTERPLAY OF MEMBRANE LIPIDS DIFFERENTIALLY AFFECTS LIPID BINDING OF PHOSPHATIDIC ACID EFFECTORS

  • Eduardo Quiroz, Central University of the Caribbean, THE C2B DOMAIN OF SYNAPTOTAGMIN-1 AND COMPLEXIN REDUCE THE ASYNCHRONOUS RELEASE ACTIVATION

  • Erika Riederer, Skidmore College, ALCOHOL MODULATION OF A EUKARYOTIC LIGAND-GATED ION CHANNEL OF KNOWN STRUCTURE

  • Nuria Roldan, Complutense University of Madrid, PALMITOYLATION AS A KEY FACTOR TO UNDERSTAND SP-C-LIPID INTERACTIONS IN THE LUNG SURFACTANT SYSTEM

  • Mona Sadat Mirheydari, Kent State University, STUDYING LIPID INTERACTIONS OF PERILIPIN 3/ TIP 47 USING PHOSPHOLIPID MONOLAYERS

  • Yurou Sang, University of British Columbia, PROBING THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN U24 FROM HHV-6A/7 AND FYN-SH3 OR WW DOMAIN PROTEINS

  • Omer Iebbe Shafraz, Iowa State University, CHARACTERIZING THE INTERACTION OF DESMOSOMAL CADHERINS AT SINGLE MOLECULE LEVEL

  • Utsab Shrestha, Wayne State University, DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR OF OLIGOMERIC INORGANIC PYROPHOSPHATASE (IPPASE) STUDIED BY QUASIELASTIC NEUTRON SCATTERING

  • Katarina Siposova, P.J. Safarik University, TRIPEPTIDES SCREENING REPORT: PROLINE IS IMPORTANT FOR Aβ FIBRILS DEPOLYMERIZATION

  • He Tian, Rockefeller University, MUTAGENESIS STUDY OF RETINAL ENTRY PATHWAY OF RHODOPSIN

  • Min-Yeh Tsai, Nall Chiao Yung University, KINETIC ISING MODEL STUDY OF PROTEIN AGGREGATION

  • Suleyman Ucuncuoglu, Emory University, SINGLE MOLECULE INVESTIGATION OF RNA POLYMERASE I USING MULTIPLEXED TETHERED PARTICLE MOTION

  • A.Catalina Velez-Ortega, University of Kentucky, HIGH-SPEED HOPPING PROBE SCANNING ION CONDUCTANCE MICROSCOPY

  • Chi Wang, Columbia University, A ROBUST HIGH-THROUGHPUT ASSAY FOR THERMODYNAMIC CORRECTORS OF THE PREDOMINANT MOLECULAR DEFECT CAUSING CYSTIC FIBROSIS

  • Katherine Ward, University of Notre Dame, CHARACTERIZING THE CURVE: A MECHANISTIC STUDY OF CPLA2-MEDIATED MEMBRANE BENDING

  • Xiaolin Xu, University of Arizona, GENERALIZED MODEL-FREE SPECTRAL DENSITY ANALYSIS APPLIED TO RHODOPSIN ACTIVATION IN MEMBRANES

  • Chi-Fu Yen, Iowa State University, SINGLE MOLECULE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ROLE OF DIVALENT IONS IN PRION PROTEIN AGGREGATION

  • Yongxin Zhao, University of Alberta, A COMPREHENSIVE LIVE CELL SCREENING APPROACH FOR DEVELOPING IMPROVED MICROBIAL RHODOPSIN-BASED VOLTAGE BIOSENSORS

  • Sylvain Zorman, Yale University, COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE SNARES ZIPPERING WITH SINGLE MOLECULE RESOLUTION

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The Biophysical Society, founded in 1957, 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 2013 Annual Meeting, visit http://www.biophysics.org.

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