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Dr. Greg Bowman Featured in The Source

Folding@home’s fight against COVID-19 enlists big tech, gamers, pro soccer

When the crowdsourced supercomputing project Folding@home first announced a shift to coronavirus research and asked for new volunteers to run its software and expand its computing capacity, organizations and citizen scientists from all walks of life heeded the call. Now, about four months later, the number of volunteers has increased a hundredfold. To continue reading, click here.

Jonathan Lin selected as 2020 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize Fellow

Josh Rackers

Jonathan Lin completed his PhD thesis in the lab of Dr. Rajendra Apte in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. His research led to the discovery that NAD+ intermediate molecules can enhance the metabolism of the neurosensory retina and thus has therapeutic potential for preventing photoreceptor neurodegeneration. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis this past May with an MD/PhD as a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He will pursue postgraduate education in the Transitional Year Residency at MetroWest Medical Center followed by Ophthalmology Residency at Harvard Medical School/Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Megan Cohan selected as 2020 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize Fellow

Megan Cohan

Ms. Cohan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering. Ms. Cohan was nominated for this award by her thesis mentor, Dr. Rohit Pappu. In her thesis work, she utilizes a variety of computational and experimental techniques to understand how intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) might impact the molecular functions of bacterial proteins.

Remembrance of Dr. Drysdale

George R. DrysdaleDr. George Drysdale, emeritus faculty member of our department, died March 17, 2020. We are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. Dr. Drysdale was a member of our department from 1954, when he arrived as a postdoctoral fellow to work with Mildred Cohn. He joined the faculty of the department in 1957 and continued as a member of our department faculty for the rest of his life.

Several of his colleagues, including his close friend Carl Frieden, have provided remembrances. To read them, click here. If you wish to add your remembrances, feel free to send us a message at or

Greenberg Lab Publication Highlighted in Circulation

A recent publication in PNAS (Clippinger et al.) from the Greenberg lab was highlighted in Circulation. The Greenberg lab demonstrated how a mutation that causes genetic heart failure affects not only how the proteins in the heart generate force, but also how heart cells respond to changes in their mechanical environment. This work has important implications for the development of new precision medicine therapies for heart failure.

The highlight can be found here and the PNAS article can be found here.

2020 John E. Majors Award Recipients

On January 30, the John E. Majors award was presented to Drs. Sarem Hailemariam, Brian Lananna and Elizabeth Mathyer. Each recipient presented their research, teaching and mentorship accomplishments.
For more information on each recipient, please click here

Dr. Bowman Featured in Outlook

The work by Dr. Greg Bowman on the Folding@home project was recently featured in the magazine Outlook.

The feature goes into detail about Dr. Bowman’s research and some of the difficulties he faced.

You can click here to view the feature!

Dr. Frieden Mentioned

November 4th, 2019 – Research by Dr. Carl Frieden appeared on the Alzforum site in the article “Can an ApoE Mutation Halt Alzheimer’s Disease?”

One of Dr. Frieden’s previous publications was also cited by the article.

Click here to view the article on the Alzform site.

To view Dr. Frieden’s publication mentioned in the article, you can click here to view it on the NIH site.

Electronic Lab Notebook Offering Launching for Research Community

This week, the Research Infrastructure Services (RIS) group – part of Washington University Information Technology – will begin piloting WashU ELN, an electronic lab notebook service powered by LabArchives. The LabArchives Electronic Lab Notebook is a cloud-based application that facilitates the creation, storage, sharing and management of research data. (more…)

Dr. Elliot Elson to Receive the 2020 Ignacio Tinoco Award

Dr. Elliot Elson will be awarded the 2020 Ignacio Tinoco Award from the Biophysics Society. The award will be presented to Dr. Elson at the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Diego, California on February 15-19, 2020.
Congratulations to Dr. Elson for being selected to receive this honor! (more…)

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Recent Events

Ms. Megan Cohan and Dr. Jonathan Lin awarded the 2020 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize

On June 12, 2020, Ms. Megan Cohan and Dr. Jonathan Lin were awarded the 2020 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

Ms. Cohan presented her research entitled “Small but mighty! Intrinsically disordered domains as key regulators of bacterial processes” followed by Dr. Jonathan Lin who presented his research entitled “The Role of NAD+ in Retinal Neurodegeneration”. If you want to learn more about these fellows please click here.

2020 BMB Department Retreat

On March 5th the Department held a half day retreat at the Eric P. Newman Center located on the WU Medical Campus. All of the labs in the department introduced their lab members and questions their lab is working on in their lab.

You can click here to view photos from the event.

2019 Elliot Elson Fellowship Seminar

On September 20th, 2019, the department held a special seminar to recognize the recipient of the 2018 Elliot Elson Fellowship. Ms. Sarah Clippinger shared her research on “Dissecting the Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Familial Cardiomyopathy”. For more information on Sarah, please click here.

You can click here to view photos from the event.

2019 MilliporeSigma Fellowship Seminar

On July 19th, 2019, the department held a special seminar to recognize the recipient of the 2019 MilliporeSigma Fellowship. Mr. Sukrit Singh shared his research on “Allostery in cellular signaling: Capturing biological switches in action”. For more information on Sukrit Singh, please click here.

You can click here to view photos from the event.

Mr. Josh Rackers was awarded the 2019 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

On June 7, 2019, Dr. Josh Rackers was awarded the 2019 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

Dr. Rackers presented his research entitled “HIPPO: A physics-based model for biomolecular interactions”. Dr. Rackers was a graduate student in the Computational and Molecular Biophysics Program. Mr. Rackers was nominated by his thesis mentor Dr. Jay Ponder. In Dr. Ponder’s lab, Josh’s work focused on using the tools of applied quantum mechanics to predict the behavior and interactions of biological molecules. This work is motivated by a deeply held belief that physics holds the answers to many of biology’s most important problems. (more…)

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