Village School Visits the Lab

The 8th grade class of Kim Taylor visited on November 13, 2008 for an introduction to a research laboratory. The visit included two chemistry demonstrations (elephant’s toothpaste and molecular clock) and a tour of the laboratory by two graduate students Alison Dewald and Celine Griot, interactive molecular graphics by undergraduate Thien Nguyen and Prof. Columbus, […]

Prof. Columbus, an honored Mead faculty

Each year the Mead Endowment invites about a dozen faculty members to become a members of the Mead Honored Faculty. The participants are handpicked by their Deans for their outstanding potential to become a friend of students and an example for other faculty. Article in the Cavalier Daily Mead Endowment Website UVA Today article

Undergraduates receive summer research awards

Thien Nguyen (Bass Scholarship), Rita Digrazia (Bass Scholarship), and Ashley Keller (Departement Fellowship) received awards to conduct research this summer.

Justin Kim receives a summer research grant from the college

The College of Arts & Science awarded Justin a grant to conduct research in the Columbus lab for the summer. He will continue his work on the physical properties of detergent mixtures.

800 MHz NMR spectometer installed.

On May 13th, the 800 MHz NMR spectrometer with cryoprobe was delivered. Pictures of the installation can be found here.

Thien Nguyen and Christopher Reyes receive poster prize

Thien and Chris presented a poster titled “Cloning, expression and purification of Opa proteins from Neisseria gonorrhoeae and a human CEACAM binding partner” at the ACS meeting hosted at UVA on April 18th. They received 4th place in the poster competition with a monetary value of $50.

Paper accepted to Protein Science

As a part of the Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JSCG) biological targets, the structures of soluble domains of membrane proteins from Thermotoga maritima were pursued. Here, we report the crystal structure of the soluble domain of TM1634, a putative membrane protein of 128 residues (15.1 kDa) and unknown function. The soluble domain of TM1634 […]

Christopher Reyes receives the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards Program, administered by the Faculty Senate, funds outstanding undergraduate research projects in the spring and/or summer for current second and third-year undergraduate students.

Columbus Laboratory Receives a Jeffress Memorial Trust Award

The purpose of the Jeffress Trust is to support basic research in chemical, medical, or other scientific fields through grants to educational and research institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grants are given to assist scientists in such institutions to conduct investigations in the natural sciences, generally considered to include chemistry, physics, biology (with the […]

Photos from the Outreach Program

On January 26th, 2008, the Chemistry and Mathamatics Department joined the University of Virginia’s Young Woman Leadership Program ( YWLP) to put on a day of fun activities in the laboratory and class room at the University of Virginia. YWLP is a mentoring program that empowers middle school girls to be leaders by combining the […]