This past week, Becca, Randy, and Dr. Fitzkee presented their research results at the 2019 Biophysical Society Meeting in Baltimore, MD. You can read more about their presentations in the BPS Meeting Abstract Issue. Shortcuts to the abstacts are below:
We welcome Suhas Tikole, a new postdoc who began his position on March 1. Suhas comes to us from India, and previously he was a postdoc at UC Merced. His expertise is in advanced NMR data processing, and he has worked previously on cysteine knot proteins. Welcome, Suhas!
Just in time for the holidays, MSU's Carnegie Classification was updated to "R1: Doctoral Universities, Very High Research Activity." This is great news, as it reflects MSU's leadership as a research institution nationwide. An institution is only as good as its employees, grad students included, so good work, all!
You can read the full PR piece from the MSU website here.
Congratulations to Dinusha for receiving her PhD hood during Friday's graduation ceremony!
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.