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Alison and Jackie’s paper #15 of the “Top 25 Hottest Articles” in Biophysical Journal

According to Science Direct, from April to June 2011 Physical Determinants of Beta-Barrel Membrane Protein Folding in Lipid Vesicles Biophysical Journal, Volume 100, Issue 9, May 2011, Pages 2131-2140 Dewald, Alison H.; Hodges, Jacqueline C.; Columbus, L. is 15th in the “Top 25 Hottest Articles” of Biophysical Journal.

Justin and Ashley graduate with highest distinction and awards

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, Ashley Keller and Justin Kim graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a Biochemistry focus. They both participated in the Chemistry Department’s Distinguished Major Program and graduated with highest honors for their research and academic performances. In addition, Ashley was awarded the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Award and Justin […]

Brett receives 2011-2012 GSAS Dissertation Year Fellowship

Brett received one of the 20 Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowships awarded this year. The fellowship includes a stipend for his final year of study in the laboratory. The awardees were selected first by their department and then by a college committee. Students are selected based on their academic performance, research […]

Golda and Sarah receive Bass Scholarships for Summer Research

Golda Harris (3rd year) and Sarah Elkin (3rd year) received Chemistry Department Bass Scholarships to support their summer research. Golda works on determining the mechanism of a putative glucose-6-phosphate isomerization using NMR spectroscopy and Sarah is focusing on the substrate specificity of a nucleoside kinase.

Dan and Linda contribute to CIL’s Biomolecular NMR Product Catalog.

The new Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc. Biomolecular NMR Product Catalog has pieces written by various NMR spectroscopists that utilize their isotopes. Dan adn Linda wrote a piece entitled “The role of deuterated detergents in NMR structure determination of membrane proteins” and is found on page 33.

Jackie recieves CSS and nanoSTAR research funds

Jackie (3rd year chemistry major at UVA) received a stipend from the College Science Scholar Program and the nanoSTAR Undergraduate Summer Research Fund to continue her studies on determining the binding interactions between Opa proteins and the human cognate receptors.

Ryan, Ryan, and Linda attend the MidAtlantic BioSAXS Workshop

This April, Ryan Oliver, Ryan Lo, and Linda attended the Rigaku and UNC Chapel Hill sponsored MidAtlantic BioSAXS Workshop. The day-long workshop focused on the latest developments in BioSAXS technologies and applications.

55th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society

Nine Columbus Lab members attended the 55th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore on March 5 – 9, 2011. Six posters were presented by five graduate and three undergraduate students. On Sunday, Justin Kim and Brett Kroncke presented a poster entitled “Nitroxide Spin Label Side Chain Dynamics of Solvent Exposed Sites on Membrane […]

Columbus and Criss Colaboration an Inaugural Poster Finalists

As part of her inauguration celebration this April, President Sullivan recognized research and scholarship with a Pan-University Poster Competition which highlighted high-impact and innovative growth areas for U.Va. research. Our research poster on Opa-liposomes (a collaboration with the Criss laboratory) was chosen as one of the five finalists in the “Biosciences and Health” category, which […]

Linda, Dan, and Brett attended Frontiers of NMR in Biology Keystone Symposium

Dan presented a poster entitled “NMR Backbone Assignment of Opa I: A mediator of host-Neisseria interactions” and Brett presented a poster entitled “Investigations towards improving solution NMR paramagnetic relaxation enhancement distance restraints for MTSSL labeled α-helical membrane proteins”. Both were invited to orally present poster previews and Dan received a travel award. The meeting was […]

Jackie receive a Harrison Award

Jackie was one of twenty-four University of Virginia undergraduates that received Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards for independent research this summer. Her research focuses on quantifying the interaction between an Opa protein from Neisseria gonorrhoeae and the human heparan sulfate proteoglycan receptor in vitro using heparin, a known competitive inhibitor of the interaction. Read more…