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Christiaan Sybesma

Christiaan Sybesma: An Extraordinary Biophysicist of Our Time

The life and outstanding contributions of Christiaan Sybesma, one of the greatest biophysicists of all times and a former faculty member of Biophysics and Botany (now Plant Biology) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, were recently highlighted in an article published in Photosynthesis Research.
Weak Chemical Interactions That Drive Protein Evolution

Weak Chemical Interactions Drive Protein Evolution

Weak interactions between proteins in the cell play a critical role in biological processes. Weak interactions are very common and can add up in the cell, leading to signaling, chaperoning and other important activities. They also generate a spatio-temporal heterogeneous cytoplasm.
Eugene Rabinowitch

Govindjee Pays Tribute to His Mentor Eugene I. Rabinowitch

Govindjee paid tribute to his mentor Eugene I. Rabinowitch in an article recently published by Photosynthesis Research. "He was, first and foremost, a great human being, a friend to all, a top leader in science, and a person who constantly thought and strived for peace in this world," said Govindjee in describing Rabinowitch.
Alexander Moffett

Graduate Spotlight: Alexander Moffett

Alex Moffett graduated with a PhD in Biophysics and Quantitative Biology in August 2019. For the past five years, he had been researching how plants use the growth hormone brassinosteroids to control the growth of their cells.
Defne Gorgun

Defne Gorgun Receives Outstanding Short-Form Student Oral Presentation Award

Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology PhD candidate Defne Gorgun has been selected to receive the Outstanding Short-Form Student Oral Presentation (Blitz Talk) Award at the 1st MCB Retreat. Defne was specifically recognized for her ability to concisely and coherently summarize her research in a 3-minute presentation. She will receive $200 in prize money.
Govindjee smiles in his office, surrounded by books, instruments, plaques, and photos related to the history of photosynthesis

Govindjee's Photosynthesis Museum

Not only has plant biology professor emeritus Govindjee made key contributions to the scientific understanding of photosynthesis, but he has also maintained his own photosynthesis museum where he collected a significant amount of artifacts, papers, books, and photographs related to photosynthesis research.
article's main image is rotated and cropped from: graphene sandwich membrane shown in black and white with DNA shown in color stretching through one nanopore from one side of the membrane to the other

Biophysics Researcher Investigates Means to Control the Conformation of DNA Molecules in Nanopores

Sequencing the human genome allows for better understanding of genetic variations at the molecular level, such as the relationships among diseases, inheritance, and individuality. It increases the ability to take preemptive actions prior to disease development or to adopt treatments for diseases that have not yet been diagnosed.
Shriyaa Mittal on balcony that overlooks CLSL south atrium

Shriyaa Mittal Receives Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Graduate College’s Fellowship Board has completed its review of nominations for the 2019 Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition. Forty-five departments from across campus submitted a total of 78 nominations and, of those, 18 nominations from 18 departments were selected for awards.  Biophysics and Quantitative Biology student Shriyaa Mittal was one of the 18 awardees.
Sashank Pant

Shashank Pant Named 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow

Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology PhD candidate Shashank Pant was among seven graduate students named 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows. This program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the graudate level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute. 
overlay of computational model of SiRCcP with crystal structure of native SiR from E. coli

Biophysics Faculty Designs the First Artificial Catalyst to Reduce Sulfite with Similar Activity to the Natural Enzyme

Mitigating the environmental damage caused by contaminants such as nitrate, perchlorate, arsenate, and other similar compounds has been historically hindered by scientists’ inability to reduce sulfite.