On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Illinois Biophysics Society will host their 10th Annual CB2 Symposium in 1005 Beckman Institute. The Symposium will run from 9:30am-4:00pm. Professor Enrique De La Cruz from Yale will be the keynote speaker. His talk is entitled: “How cells use chemistry and physics to break the bones that power their movement”. There will also be student presentations and a poster session. Registration is FREE and is open until April 21. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants. Please see the flyer for more details.
Three Biophysics faculty members - Aleksei Aksimentiev, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer and Klaus Schulten - were recently awarded Blue Waters Professorships. These professorships will allow them significant additional resources on Blue Waters, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The professors will present their works in a lecture series to be announced at a later date.
In honor of Biophysics alum and Emeritus Professor, Govindjee, a tribute commemorating his 80th birthday was written for him and was published in the October 2013 issue of the journal "Photosynthesis Research". The article includes photos and comments from Biophysics faculty and alums. A News Report in the January 2014 issue of "Photosynthesis Research" includes photos and details of the birthday festivities in Trebon.
The Biophysics Department welcomes six outstanding students beginning their program of study.
Biophysics program recieves high ranking.
Taekjip Ha is the new Director of the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. Professor Ha replaces Professor Antony Crofts who was serving as Acting Director of the Center. Professor Ha's appointment will come along with many changes intended to improve the University of Illinois' top-ranked Biophysics program. Professor Ha's area of research is experimental biological physics.
Professor Mary Kraft has received the 2014 Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research, established by ASBMBs Lipid Research Division, recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids by young investigators who are an Assistant professor or equivalent and with no more than 10 years of experience since receiving their degree (PhD and/or MD). The award consists of a plaque, $2,000 and transportation and expenses to present a lecture at the 2014 ASBMB Annual Meeting. Mary received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, followed by a very successful postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. She joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 2007. Professor Kraft has developed and validated methods to quantitatively image the lipid composition of small regions of membranes in living cells and in model systems using high resolution mass spectrometry imaging combined with metabolic isotope labeling. She has made important discoveries related to the sphingolipid and cholesterol organization in cell membranes that have major implications for our understanding of plasma membrane organization.
Two Biophysics faculty members: Martin Gruebele and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences! Congratulations!