Public Release:  Biophysical Society announces winners of 2014 International Travel Awards

Biophysical Society

Rockville, MD-- The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its international travel grants to attend the Biophysical Society's 58th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 15-19, 2014. The purpose of these awards is to foster and initiate further interaction between American biophysicists and scientists working in countries experiencing financial difficulties. Recipients of this competitive award are chosen based on scientific merit and their proposed presentation at the meeting. They will be honored at a reception on Sunday, February 16.

The 2014 recipients of the International Travel Award are:

  • Ariel Afek, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, GENOME-WIDE ORGANIZATION OF EUKARYOTIC PRE-INITIATION COMPLEX IS INFLUENCED BY NON-CONSENSUS PROTEIN-DNA BINDING

  • Dunja Aksentijevic, King's College London, United Kingdom, METABOLIC INFLEXIBILITY OF MALONYL CoA DECARBOXYLASE (MCD) KNOCKOUT MICE LEADS TO CARDIAC REMODELLING AND HIGH MORTALITY DURING PERI-WEANING PERIOD

  • Begum Alaybeyoglu, Bogazici University, Turkey, ANALYSIS OF MEMBRANE TRANSLOCATION SIMULATIONS USING DIMENSIONALITY REDUCTION

  • Ariane Alves, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, A COMPUTATIONAL METHOD INCLUDING PROTEIN FLEXIBILITY TO ESTIMATE AFFINITIES WITH SMALL LIGANDS

  • Sri Rama Koti Ainavarapu, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India FORCED UNFOLDING OF PERIPLASMIC BINDING PROTEINS (PBPS) FOLLOWS KINETIC PARTITIONING

  • Daniela Araiza-Olivera, National Autonomous University of Mexico, IN SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE A GLYCOLYTIC METABOLON IS STABILIZED BY F-ACTIN

  • Victor Banerjee, Bose Institute, India, INHIBITION OF INSULIN FIBRILLATION BY A NON TOXIC PEPTIDE NK9

  • Soumen Basak, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, USE OF FCS TO STUDY PROTEIN DENATURATION AND AGGREGATION

  • Debanjan Bhowmik, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, DECOUPLING CONFORMATION, AGGREGATION AND FUNCTION OF AMYLOID-β MONOMERS AND OLIGOMERS: AN FCS, SERS AND AFM STUDY

  • Juan P. Castillo, University of Valparaiso, Chile, K+ TRANSLOCATION BY THE GIANT AXON OF THE HUMBOLDT SQUID NA+/K ATPASE

  • Jenu Chacko, Italian Institute of Technology, INSIGHT INTO HYBRID NANOSCOPY TECHNIQUES: STED AFM & STORM AFM

  • Ksenia Chekashkina, Russian Academy of Sciences, LIPIDS AS REGULATORS OF EFFECTIVE MEMBRANE RIGIDITY

  • Arthur Cheng, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, LOCAL REDOX MODIFICATIONS IN SKELETAL MUSCLE DIFFERENTIALLY AFFECT SARCOPLASMIC RETICULUM CALCIUM RELEASE AND MUSCLE FORCE GENERATION

  • Prajwal Ciryam, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, PROTEOME METASTABILITY IN HEALTH, AGING, AND DISEASE

  • Gloria de las Heras, University of the Basque Country, Spain, IN-SITU DESCRIPTION OF THE ROLE OF PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 AND PtdSer ON PDK1 REGULATION IN HUMAN CANCER CELLS BY ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE MICROSCOPY

  • Federica De Leo, University of Namur, Belgium, STRUCTURAL AND DYNAMICAL PROPERTIES OF MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES IMMOBILIZED ON CNTs: A COMPUTATIONAL STUDY

  • Andre Faustino, University of Lisbon, Portugal, DENGUE VIRUS CAPSID PROTEIN INTERACTS SPECIFICALLY WITH VERY LOW-DENSITY LIPOPROTEINS

  • Begona Garcia Alvarez, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, FUNCTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL CHARACTERIZATION OF PULMONARY SURFACTANT PROTEIN SP-C IN NANODISCS: A NANOTECHNOLOGICAL APPROACH

  • Ramon Guixa-Gonzalez, Research Program on Biomedical Informatics, Spain, CELL MEMBRANE COMPOSITION AFFECTS GPCR AGGREGATION

  • Rafal Jakubowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland, TRANSTHYRETIN INDUCED AMYLOIDOSIS INTERACTIONS, MECHANISMS AND POTENT DRUGS DESIGN

  • Haibo Jiang, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, QUANTITATIVELY IMAGING STABLE ISOTOPES AT SUBCELLULAR LEVEL WITH CORRELATIVE ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND NANOSIMS ANALYSIS

  • Benjamin Kollmitzer, University of Graz, Austria, PROTEIN PARTITIONING IN LIQUID-ORDERED (LO) / LIQUID-DISORDERED (LD) DOMAINS DEPENDS ON LIPID COMPOSITION AND PROTEIN SHAPE

  • Hema Chandra Kotamarthi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, EXPERIMENTAL AND SIMULATION STUDIES ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF SUMO PROTEINS

  • Alexander Kyrychenko, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, REFINING ANALYSIS OF MEMBRANE PENETRATION WITH DEPTH-DEPENDENT FLUORESCENCE QUENCHING AND MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS

  • Leonel Malacrida, University of the Republic, Uruguay, PHASOR PLOTS AND SPECTRAL PHASOR ANALYSIS OF LAURDAN AND PRODAN FOR MEMBRANE HETEROGENEITY STUDIES: NEW FRONTIERS IN MEMBRANE BIOPHYSICS

  • Eng Kuan Moo, University of Malaya, Malaysia, STRAIN RATE-DEPENDENT MEMBRANE RESERVOIR- KEY TO CHONDROCYTE DEATH BY IMPACT

  • Guy Nir, Bar Ilan University, Israel, STUDYING PROTEIN-DNA DYNAMICS AND PROTEIN UNFOLDING USING A FORCE-FREE SINGLE-MOLECULE TECHNIQUE

  • Agustina Olivera-Couto, Pasteur Institute of Montevideo, Uruguay, EISOSOMES AND PLASMA MEMBRANE DOMAIN FORMATION

  • Sarah Oni, Lead City University, Nigeria, IDENTIFICATION OF HEAVY METALS IN WILD PLANTS GROWN ON BATTERY WASTE

  • Vanesa Perillo, Biochemical Research Institute of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, TO BE OR NOT TO BE IN MEMBRANE DOMAINS: TRANSBILAYER ASYMMETRY AND SPHINGOMYELIN-DEPENDENT PREFERENTIAL PARTITIONING OF THE ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTOR

  • Louise Reilly, University of Dundee, United Kingdom, REGULATION OF THE CARDIAC SODIUM/CALCIUM EXCHANGER BY PROTEIN PALMITOYLATION

  • Monica Rosas-Lemus, National Autonomous University of Mexico, THE MITOCHONDRIAL PERMEABILITY TRANSITION IN SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE IS CONTROLLED BY HEXOSE PHOSPHATES FROM THE GLYCOLYTIC PATHWAY

  • Neelanjana Sengupta, National Chemical Laboratory, India, ATOMISTIC SIMULATIONS LEND MECHANISTIC INSIGHTS INTO PLAUSIBLE WAYS OF PERTURBING THE NUCLEATION THERMODYNAMICS OF THE FULL-LENGTH Aβ PEPTIDE

  • Andrea Soranno, University of Zurich, Switzerland, SINGLE-MOLECULE SPECTROSCOPY REVEALS POLYMER EFFECTS OF DISORDERED PROTEINS IN CROWDED ENVIRONMENTS

  • Varun Sreenivasan, Macquarie University, Australia, MISMATCH BETWEEN THE RESTING MEMBRANE POTENTIAL AND THE VOLTAGE AT MAXIMUM AMPLIFICATION IN OUTER HAIR CELLS (OHCS) OF MAMMALIAN COCHLEA

  • Gregory Sutton, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, POWER, DIRECTION, AND SYNCHRONY - MECHANICAL PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS FROM JUMPING LEAFHOPPER INSECTS

  • Orsolya Szilagyi, University of Debrecen, Hungary, THE SH3-BINDING DOMAIN OF KV1.3 CHANNELS IS REQUIRED FOR THEIR CORTACTIN-CONVEYED COUPLING TO ACTIN

  • Yaroslav Tkachev, Russian Academy of Sciences, ROLE OF THE COIL-HELIX TRANSITION WITHIN LOOP2 IN CARDIAC MYOSIN KINETICS MODULATION

  • Joaquim Trigo Marques, University of Lisbon, Portugal, LIPID NANODOMAINS ON MODIFIED GOLD SURFACES - A BIOMIMETIC PLATFORM TO STUDY ELECTROACTIVE BIOMOLECULE-MEMBRANE INTERACTIONS

  • Anastasia Vasilyeva, Russian Academy of Sciences, CONTRIBUTION OF THE MECHANICAL LOADS TO SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ARRHYTHMIA IN SUBENDOCARDIAL AND SUBEPICARDIAL VENTRICULAR MYOCYTES

  • Donna Whelan, Monash University, Australia, MONITORING THE CONFORMATION AND CONCENTRATION OF DNA IN LIVE CELLS USING FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY

  • Hannah Yevick, Curie Institute, France, THE EFFECTS OF OUT OF PLANE CURVATURE ON COLLECTIVE CELL MIGRATION

  • Weihua Ye, Stockholm University, Sweden, THE ROLE OF TRP IN ARG-RICH PADDLE DOMAIN-LIPID INTERACTION

  • Shuai Zhang, Aarhus University, Denmark, STUDY SUB-MEMBRANE STRUCTURE AND CORRESPONDING FUNCTIONS OF CONDUCTIVE BACTERIA CABLE BY SPMS

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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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