As of today, our nanoparticle-oriented project, "Functionalized Gold Nanoconjugates: Understanding the Mechanism of Protein Binding," is being funded by the NIH (R15). Congratulations everyone on your hard work!
One of the websites I read when I get the chance is cracked.com, an online humor magazine. While cracked bills itself as a humor site, there are often useful tidbits of information there. One of the traditions on the site is re-posting a popular article written by Jason Pargin (aka "David Wong") entitled "6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person." It was originally published in 2012 and has been reprinted every year since.
Once again, we are offering "Biochemistry Boot Camp" this year to teach undergraduates the common tools they will need to perform their summer research. A limited number of slots are available to students outside of the MSU community. Please take a look at this announcement, and get in touch with Dr. Fitzkee if you are interested.
Congratulations to Ailin and Tam, who both won awards at the Chemistry Banquet last night. Ailin won the award for outstanding biochemistry researcher, and Tam won for outstanding 4th year undergraduate. We're proud of their hard work, and this recognition is well-deserved.
Ailin has had her first paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C, entitled "A Three-Step Model for Protein-Gold Nanoparticle Adsorption" (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp411543y). Congratulations, Ailin!
Yue successfully defended his Masters' thesis today, entitled "Assessing NMR-based Studies of Denatured Proteins using Non-Random Structural Ensembles." Yue did a stellar job, and he will be staying on in the lab to earn his Ph.D. Congratulations, Yue!
Dr. Fitzkee, Dr. Justin Thornton, and Dr. Keun Seok Seo were awarded an MSU Cross-College Research Grant to investigate the structural biology of pneumonia infection. The project will be used to fund preliminary investigations of surface protein structure using spectroscopic methods like circular dichroism.
Our first article, "Probing the effects of cysteine residues on protein adsorption onto gold nanoparticles using wild-type and mutated GB3 proteins," has been published. This work was a collaborative effort with Dongmao Zhang. Ailin Wang purified several cysteine variants of GB3, and these were used by Dr. Zhang's group to examine how protein surface thiols can modulate protein-gold nanoparticle interactions. Congratulations Ailin!
Congratulations to Tam Vo, who received one of the Chemistry Department's undergraduate summer research fellowships for Summer 2012! Tam will be working with Ailin to study how HIV integrase interacts with other proteins.