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Biophysical Society announces winners of 2008 Student Travel Awards

Bethesda, MD The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its student travel award to attend the Joint Meeting of the Biophysical Society and the International Biophysics Congress in Long Beach, California, February 2-6, 2008. The recipients of this competitive award are selected based on scientific merit, with priority given to those who will present a paper at the conference. Each awardee receives a travel grant and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, February 2, 2008.

The 2008 recipients of the Student Travel Award are:

  • Joshua K. Au, Yale University, Widely-distributed Residues in Thymosin 4 are Critical for Actin Binding.

  • Khajak Berberian, Cornell University, Improved Nanofabricated Electrochemical Detector Arrays for Monitoring Exocytosis.

  • Yi Cao, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, How Do Chemical Denaturants Affect the Mechanical Folding and Unfolding of Proteins"

  • Ashley R. Carter, JILA and University of Colorado, Boulder, Stepping of Individual RecBCD Molecules.

  • Thomas Chadwick, North Carolina State University, Molecular Mechanism of Phospholipid Transfer by Lipid Transporter Protein Sec14p.

  • Hao Chen, Purdue University, Predicting the Error of Template-Based Protein Structure Modeling by Suboptimal Alignment Stability.

  • Logan R. Chieffo, Boston University, Vibrational Lifetime of the Anesthetic Gas Nitrous Oxide as a Probe of Interfacial Water in Biological Systems.

  • Sepehr Dadsetan, University of California, Davis, Store-Operated Ca2+-Induced Ca2+ Release Amplifies Cytosolic Ca2+ Signaling and Prevents Store Refilling in Jurkat T Cells.

  • Angel M. Davey, The Pennsylvania State University, Dynamics Imaging of Membrane Nanostructural Changes Associated with Antigen-Mediated IgE Receptor Signaling in Mast Cells.

  • Isabelle C. Dragomir, Drexel University, Characterization of Phenylalanine Based Short Peptides at Varying pHs, Temperatures, and Concentrations via Electronic Circular Dichroism and Absorption Spectroscopy.

  • Kyle P. Eagen, Cornell University, Effect of a Mutation on the Channel-opening Equilibrium of a Malfunctioning GABA(A) Receptor Linked to Epilepsy.

  • Thomas C. Edrington, University of Connecticut, The Effect of Bleaching on the Thermal Stability of Native and Cross-linked Rhodopsin.

  • Daniel W. Farrell, Arizona State University, Constraint-Based Prediction of Essential Degrees of Freedom in Proteins.

  • Thomas E. Frederick, University of Florida, Characterization of Acyl Chain Dynamics, Packing, and Vesicle Morphology of 18:1 BMP: An NMR and EPR Investigation.

  • Aurelia R. Honerkamp-Smith, University of Washington, Line Tensions, Correlation Lengths, and Critical Exponents in Lipid Membranes Near Critical Points.

  • Alexandra P. Few, University of Washington, An Asynchronous Calcium-dependent Current Conducted by Cav2.1 and Cav2.2 Channels: Implications for Asynchronous Neurotransmitter Release.

  • John C. Fisher, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, How PUMA Attacks its Prey: Understanding the Molecular Basis of PUMA-Induced Cell Death.

  • Eric W. Frey, Miami University, Ohio, Fluorescence-based Calcium-ion Sensing at High Hydrostatic Pressures.

  • Debanjan Goswami, National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, Steady State Distribution and Dynamics of GPI-anchored Protein-nanoclusters in Cell Membranes Is Modulated by Cortical Actin Activity.

  • Travis J. Gould, University of Maine, Nanoscale Dynamics of Hemagglutinin Clusters in Live Cell Membranes Quantified by Fluorescence Photoactivation Localization Microscopy.

  • Pia Guinto, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Silico and in vitro Characterization of Cardiac Troponin T Mutations Known to Cause Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

  • Nicholas R. Guydosh, Stanford University, Direct Observation of Individual Head Motions in Kinesin Dimers.

  • Sejin Han, University of Maryland, College Park, Abnormal Formation and Remodeling of Fibers Containing Type I Collagen Homotrimers.

  • Pengying Hao, Wellesley College, Metal Ion Selectivity and Affinity of the LIN-12/Notch-Repeat.

  • Sarah K. Higgins, University of North Carolina Wilmington, A Synthetic Variant of Cecropin A is Significantly More Active Toward Pure POPC Membranes.

  • Jill B. Jensen, University of Washington, FRET Reveals Kinetic Steps of Receptor-mediated Modulation of Kv7 K+ Current and PIP2.

  • Sarah G. Kamper, Calvin College, The Effect of Tether Length in Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy.

  • Ann C. Kimble-Hill, Indiana University-Purdue University, Biophysical Mechanisms of Protein Recruitment to Raft Domains Studied Using Planar Model Membranes: Recruitment by Native Binding Ligands versus GPI-anchored Proteins.

  • Joel M. Kralj, Boston University, The Protonation State of Glu142 Differs in the Green and Blue Absorbing Variants of Proteorhodopsin.

  • Kareen L. Kreutziger, University of Washington, Coupled Interactions of Troponin C Ca2+-Binding Kinetics and Strong Crossbridge Formation in Cardiac Muscle Contraction.

  • Khamir Mehta, University of Michigan, Quantitative Inference of Protein Binding Affinities from FRET Imaging Data.

  • Brannon McCullough, Yale University, The Actin Severing Protein, Cofilin, Modulates the Mechanical Properties of Actin Filaments.

  • Moritz Mickler, TU Munich, Garching, Germany, Single Molecule Fluorescence Studies on the Hsp90.

  • Hau B. Nguyen, Florida State University, Solution Structure of Integral Membrane Protein from Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Insight into Rv0008c An FtsZ Inhibitor and Its Complex.

  • Michelle A. O'Malley, University of Delaware, Biophysical Characterization of the Human Adenosine A2a G-Protein Coupled Receptor.

  • Laura J. Porter-Peden, Calvin College, Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Enzyme-Inhibitor Interactions.

  • Ronak N. Shah, Drexel University, Heme-Protein Interactions in Horse Heart Ferricytochrome c Induced By Changes of Ionic Strength and Anion Binding to Protein Surface Charges.

  • Leila Shokri, Northeastern University, The Reaction of Glyoxal with Single DNA Molecules: Structural Evidence of Force-Induced DNA Melting.

  • Suman Nag Tata, Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India, Kinetics of Misfolding and Aggregation of Amyloid Proteins.

  • Sarah B. Scruggs, University of Illinois at Chicago, Ablation of Ventricular Regulatory Light Chain Serine-15 Phosphorylation in Mice Leads to Cardiac Dysfunction in Vivo and Affects Neighboring Myofilament Protein Phosphorylation.

  • Peter A. Sims, Harvard University, Force Measurements and Submillisecond Tracking of Dynein- and Kinesin-Driven Cargoes in Living Cells.

  • James R. Thompson, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Single-Molecule Fluorescence Imaging of Alpha-Hemolysin Assembly Using Water-in-Oil Droplet on Hydrogel Bilayers.

  • Christopher P. Toseland, MRC-National Institute for Medical Research, London, United Kingdom, Helicase Superfamily 1 and 2 ATPase Mechanisms.

  • Martijn E. van Raaij, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, Quantitative Atomic Force Microscopy Establishes Free Energy Parameters of Amyloid Fibril Formation.

  • James A. Svetlovics, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Domain Formation of POPC/DPPC Binary System Investigated by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer and Monte Carlo Simulations.

  • Nathaniel Traaseth, University of Minnesota, Binding Interface of Phospholamban and Ca2+-ATPase(SERCA) in Lipid Bilayers by Solid-State NMR.

  • Srinivasan P. Venkatachalan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, An intrasubunit Salt-Bridge Linking Loop A and Loop 2 is Critical for GABAA Receptor Activation.

  • Paula A. Vivas, University of Illinois at Chicago, New Insights into the Transition Pathway from Nonspecific to Specific Complex of DNA with Escherichia coli Integration Host Factor.

  • Irmgard Waldner-Scott, Institute of Biophysics and Nanosystems Research, Graz, Austria, Low Resolution Model of Solubilized Apolipoprotein B-100.

  • Qi Wang, Cornell University, Structure and Plasticity of Endophilin and Sorting Nexin 9.

  • Yi Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dissecting Lipid- and Protein-Mediated Exchange of Gas Molecules across Biological Membranes.

  • Ling Wu, University of Illinois at Chicago, Conformational Study of Different Beta-turns Coupled to a Cyclic Disulfide Bond to Model the Turn Roles in -hairpin Stability.

  • Qianru Yu, The Pennsylvania State University, Fluorescence-based Biochemistry on Intrinsic Cofactors in Human Breast Normal and Cancerous Cells.


Contact: Ellen R. Weiss
Biophysical Society

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