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Thanh Thanh Nguyen Phan earned her Ph.D!

May 6, 2024

Thanh Thanh Nguyen Phan successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Design, characterization and immunogenicity of soluble Envelope proteins from Dengue viruses as subunit vaccines” on March 29, 2024, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics under the direction of Dr. Brian Kuhlman.


Xavier Bonner earns his Ph.D!

May 6, 2024

Xavier Bonner under the direction of Dr. Ronald Swanstrom successfully defended his dissertation “Determining Genotypic and Phenotypic Factors Influencing Macrophage Tropism in the HIV-1 Envelope Protein” on March 15, 2024 and received his PhD!


Darex J. Vera Rodriguez named Venture Catalyst Program Fellow

January 11, 2024

The Venture Catalyst Program (VCP) is a dynamic training ground for those interested to immerse themselves in the world of academic technology transfer and commercialization. This program bridges the gap between academic discoveries and practical business acumen. The initiative facilitates the relationship between UNC-affiliated startups and entrepreneurial fellows, offering unique experiential learning, educational foundation, and ecosystem networking.


Amelia McCue receives the Dianne Harris Leadership Award

January 6, 2024

Amelia McCue is the recipient of the Diane Harris Leadership Award in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department.


Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Program Enjoys a Day of Fun at Page Farms Fall Social

October 31, 2023

This past Sunday, the students of the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics PhD program embarked on a memorable adventure at Page Farms, a cherished fourth-generation family farm. The fall social event, organized by our dedicated student leaders, Tomiris Mulikova and Nate Smyers, brought together our academic community for a day filled with fun, laughter, and the spirit of the season.


Gary Pielak named 2024 Fellow of the Biophysical Society

September 12, 2023

The Society’s Fellows Committee has named Dr. Gary Pielak a 2024 Fellow of the Biophysical Society for his scholarly and extensive biophysical studies on protein structure and dynamics, both in vitro and inside cells, with a particular emphasis on crowding. The recognition ceremony will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society, February 10-14, 2024. Dr. Pielak, along with the other six Fellows in the 2024 class, are distinguished Society members who have demonstrated excellence in science … Read more


Gage O. Leighton received his PhD!

April 17, 2023

Gage O. Leighton successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled Probing the Importance of MBD2 in the Localization and Formation of the NuRD Complex on April 6th 2023. His thesis work was completed under the direction of Dr. David C. Williams Jr.


Congratulations to our new PhD, Dr. Odessa Goudy!

March 22, 2023

Dr. Odessa Goudy successfully defended her thesis, titled “Computational design of autoinhibitory domains for a protease-activated PD-L1 inhibitor” on Friday, February 17th. As a graduate student, Odessa was an active member of Brian Kuhlman’s lab and a student leader within the Biochemistry and Biophysics department.


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Cathy Spangler (’22 Ph.D.) receives the 2023 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

March 16, 2023

Each year, The Graduate School recognizes four doctoral candidates or recent doctoral graduates for creating exceptional dissertations in each of the following fields: biological and life sciences; humanities and fine arts; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and social sciences.


Sharon Campbell receives an Award for Excellence in Basic Science Mentoring

March 10, 2023

2022-23 Award for Excellence in Basic Science Mentoring  Presented by the Office of Graduate Education  Sharon Campbell, PhD  As part of the nomination process, letters of support were provided by trainees, alums, and faculty. The Office of Graduate Education compiled these quotes from the nomination letters that theye felt stood out the most.  “Sharon is an exemplary mentor and role model for the trainees in her laboratory and throughout [the] department” “Sharon epitomizes to me … Read more