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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…)

Congratulations to Melanie Ernst!

Melanie ErnstMelanie Ernst has been elected chair of the 2021 Mechanisms of Membrane Transport GRS.

The GRS is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Congratulations Melanie!

Maxwell Zimmerman Awarded Pharmacology Prize

Maxwell ZimmermanCongratulations to Maxwell Zimmerman for being awarded the Dr. Philip Needleman Pharmacology Prize.

The award is presented annually from the Department of Developmental Biology to a graduating student demonstrating outstanding achievements it the field of Pharmacology. Maxwell is a PhD student in the Computational and Molecular Biophysics Program – he is completing his thesis research in the lab of Dr. Gregory Bowman. (more…)

Dr. Greg Bowman Awarded Tenure

The Board of Trustees voted at their May 3rd, 2019 meeting to award tenure in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics to Dr. Greg Bowman.

 
Josh Rackers selected as the 2019 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize Fellow

Josh Rackers

Josh Rackers is a graduate student in Biophysics at Washington University in St. Louis. His work focuses 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. Josh obtained a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Political Science from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he performed research on Positron Emission Tomography (PET) silicon-based detector design. Following graduation, Josh decided that the most immediate way to make an impact on the world was to become a teacher. He was selected for Teach For America, an organization that places top university graduates in teaching positions at poor, mostly-urban schools. He taught high school physics and chemistry in Baltimore, Maryland in what was certainly the most difficult and rewarding job of his career. He claims to have succeeded in persuading a generation of students that physics really does matter to the real world. (more…)

Congratulations to Sukrit Singh for being selected for the 2019 MilliporeSigma Fellowship in memory of Dr. Gerty Cori

Sukrit is a graduate student in the Computational and Molecular Biophysics program. He is doing his PhD thesis work in the lab of Dr. Greg Bowman. Sukrit’s thesis is focused on understanding and exploiting allostery and dynamics in cellular signaling to develop anti-cancer therapeutics. (more…)

Congratulations to Min Kyung Shinn

Congratulations to Min Kyung Shinn, whose poster at the 2019 Biophysical Society was recognized with a Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA). The SRAA Poster Competition is open to all BPS Student members who are presenting posters at the Annual Meeting. Students must register for this event when they submit their abstract in one of nine subject categories. The SRAA Poster Competition involved over 300 participants this year, a Society record. (more…)

Dr. Weikai Li Awarded Tenure

The Board of Trustees voted at their March 1st, 2019 meeting to award tenure in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics to Dr. Weikai Li. He is also promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

 
Dr. Bowman Appointed Director of Folding@home

Dr. Greg Bowman was appointed as the new Director for the supercomputing project called Folding@home. The project seeks to unravel the mysteries of protein dynamics, including the folding process, and their roles in health and disease. Please click here to read more about it.

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Recent Events

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…)

2019 – Elson Fellowship Seminar

On February 22nd, 2019, the department held a special seminar to recognize the recipients of the 2017 Elliot Elson Fellowship. Ms. Min Kyung Shinn shared her research on “Assembly and Binding of E. coli RecOR Proteins to SSB C-terminal tails”. Mr. Drake Jensen shared his research on “Mechanisms of transcription represivation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. For more information on these two Elson fellows, please click here.

You can click here to view more photos from the event.

2018 BMB Holiday Party

CooperOn December 8th, 2018, the BMB Department celebrated its annual Holiday Party at Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood, MO. Everyone enjoyed bowling, pool and a visit from Santa.

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4th Annual Chili Cook-off (2018)

On October 26th, 2018, the BMB Department held our 4th Annual Chili Cook-off. Because of how close to Halloween it was being held, this year’s event also included a costume contest!

The winner with the best Chili was the Robertson lab! The Lohman lab won best costume – they all “dressed up” as Dr. Lohman!
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John Majors Symposium

On Friday, October 19th, 2018, a symposium in remembrance of Dr. John Majors was held in Moore Auditorium on the medical campus of Washington University. Many colleagues, friends and family members from the university community, as well as from across the country, were in attendance. Drs. Peter Burgers, Mark Johnston, Charlie Rice, and Harold Varmus all gave heartfelt talks about John’s influence in biophysics as well as speaking about the different hobbies (i.e., backpacking and golf) and interests John had outside of the lab. It was great to hear about the many sides of John that were not widely known. By the end of the day, everyone had learned something new about John. (more…)

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