Ashton Brock

Dr. Ashton Brock and Dr. Jennifer Martin

May 2016, Jen and Ashton graduated with their PhD degrees. Ashton started a clinical chemistry postdoctoral position at UVA and Jen is staying in the lab for a year to work with Linda on revising Introductory Chemistry at UVA.img_5908

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Columbus Lab Members Presents at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society

Four graduate students attended the 2015 Annual Biophysical Society Meeting in Baltimore on Febreuary 7-11.

Jennifer Martin presented a platform talk entitled Insights into the Specificity of Neisserial Opa Protein Interactions with Human Receptors.

Ashton Brock presented a poster entitled Systematic Perturbations of Micelle Properties to Investigate the Stabilization of Membrane Protein Structure and Function.

Marrissa Keiber presented a poster entitled Neisserial Opa Protein Dynamics and Interaction with Host CEACAM Receptors.

Jason Kuhn presented a poster entitled Interactions of Liposomal Opa Proteins with Human Cell Surface CEACAM Receptors.

Ashton Brock and Ryan Lo present at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society

Linda, Ryan, and Ashton attended the 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Francisco on February 15 – 19, 2014










Ryan presented a poster entitled “Structure, dynamics and receptor binding of Opa proteins” on Monday afternoons poster session.











Ashton presented a platform talk entitled “Influence of detergent properties on the solubilization and purification of membrane proteins” on Monday morning. Ashton also received a travel award from the Biophysical Society to attend the meeting.

Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Medicine


PhD: Chemistry, University of Virginia (2016)
BS: Chemistry, Winthrop University (2011)

Ashton was a Ph.D. graduate student in the Columbus lab.

Columbus Lab Undergraduates Present at SURC 2014

On Thursday, January 30th, The Columbus Lab undergraduates drove to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to attend the 46th Southeast Undergraduate Research Conference. Graduate students, Ashton Brock and Jennifer Martin and Linda joined them for the adventure.






Nana Bosomtwe presented a poster entitled Thermophilic Coupling Enzymes: Enabling Functional Studies at Physiological Temperatures and was the recipient of a travel award to the conference.













Elleansar Okwei presented a poster entitled Unraveling Aminotransferase Specificity: The activity of TM1131, TM1698, and TM1255 and received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the Biochemical division.













Tomihiro Ono presented a poster entitled Modulating Micelle Fluidity for Membrane Protein Structural Studies and received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the Physical division.













Sebastein Ortez presented a poster entitled Progress Towards Understanding OpaD Interactions with CEACAM1 and received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the Biochemical division.













Jessica Yoo presented a poster entitled Progress Towards Co-crystallization of the Broad Range Thermoplasma acidophilum nucleoside kinase (TaNK) with Substrates.

Ashton and Ryan present at the 2013 Huskey Research Exhibition

Ashton Brock presented a poster entitled “Influence of detergents on the solubilization and function of lipoprotein signal peptidase A: Connecting detergent and membrane protein physical properties” and was awarded 1st prize in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics Division.

Ryan Oliver presented a poster entitled “Modulating the physical properties of micelles using detergent mixtures for membrane protein investigations”

Ashton & Jen selected for NIH Funded UVA Training Grants

Ashton received the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant. he Predoctoral Molecular Biophysics Training Program is oriented toward providing a strong biophysics-related training environment that supplements the basic degree requirements and goals of the degree-granting departments within the University of Virginia.

Jen received the Cell and Molecular Biology(CMB)training grant.The Cell and Molecular Biology faculty at the University of Virginia provides a comprehensive graduate training program in modern cell and molecular biological sciences