We are currently recruiting two postdoctoral scholars for newly-funded NSF and NIH projects on protein-surface interactions. The positions will open on August 1, 2018. The ideal candidates should be highly motivated and will have experience with either nanoparticle synthesis and characterization or protein NMR spectroscopy. Day-to-day activities will include spectroscopic, microscopic, and biophysical investigation of proteins on nanoparticles. The candidates will also be responsible for expression and purification of recombinant proteins.
Dr. Fitzkee's group has been awarded a $1.7M R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate protein-surface interactions during the initial stages of biofilm formation. This project will fund the lab for five years and represents a very exciting time for the group. Our past and current group members should be proud of their efforts collecting preliminary data and laying the groundwork for this new project. Congratulations to all!
The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Fitzkee with a $650,000 grant to investigate the biophysical basis of protein-nanoparticle adsorption. This project will examine the interplay between protein structure and nanoparticle binding. This work represents a team effort from current and past members of the lab, and it will fund a graduate student and postdoc for the coming three years. Congratulations to all!
Last week, at the Chemstry awards banquet, grad student Randy Perera and undergraduate Taylor Branyan were honored with the "Outstanding Researcher" award. Below are the research blurbs written for each student.
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.