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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

Gary Pielak awarded the 2023 Johnston Teaching Excellence Award

March 8, 2023

Created in 1991, these awards recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching. Winners are nominated by Johnston Scholars and selected by a special committee of scholars in the James M. Johnston Scholarship Program.

Celebrating Black History Month – Xavier Bonner

February 28, 2023

Xavier Bonner is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine. He attended Morehouse College before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in fall 2018. His research focuses on HIV—specifically, better understanding the genotypic and phenotypic determinants of macrophage tropism—or, how HIV viruses enter different cell types.


Amrita Nallathambi’s outreach with Shadow a Scientist

January 31, 2023

On December 9th, Amrita Nallathambi served as a Shadow A Scientist graduate student science ambassador. Amrita is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and also a trainee in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics program. Amrita is a member of the Kuhlman lab. Shadow A Scientist is a graduate student run organization that provides opportunities for high school students to interact with science in an exciting new way by experiencing … Read more

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Student Spotlight – Trainee Uriel Jean-Baptiste Featured

January 23, 2023

Uriel Jean-Baptiste, a MCBP trainee and member of the Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD curriculum was featured as the student spotlight this month. Visit BCBP’s news post to learn more about Uriel’s research in the Neher lab.