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Nathaniel Wesley earns his PhD

September 22, 2022

Nathaniel Wesley successfully defended his thesis on August 17th, 2022, titled, “Characterization of Chromatin Interactions using TR-FRET.” The work was completed under the direction of Robert K. McGinty, MD, PhD. View the Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post for details.


MCBP Annual Bowling Social

August 18, 2022

The incoming cohort of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Program students joined 2nd year students and program directors, Brian Kuhlman and Kevin Slep, for a bowling social. This year, the incoming cohort of students are from three departments, including BBSP, chemistry, and physics. We are excited to welcome a vibrant cohort of students to the community!


Student with poster

Sarah Harris presents at the Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation Gordon Research Conference

August 15, 2022

This spring, Sarah Harris, a member of the Dominguez lab, received the Barry Lentz Travel Award. Sarah traveled to the Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation Gordon Research Conference this summer and gave a poster presentation titled “Evolution of the RNA binding and regulations.” Sarah is a 4th year trainee in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Program and a student in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department.      


Odessa Goudy

Odessa Goudy awarded a Royster Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowship

August 3, 2022

Odessa Goudy, a graduate student in the Kuhlman lab, is the recipient of The Carol and Edward Smithwick Dissertation Fellowship within the Royster Society of Fellows. View the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics news post for details.


James Fay

James Fay earns his PhD

July 22, 2022

Jimmy Fay successfully defended his thesis on July 20th, 2022, titled, “The Nanoformulation of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Reformulation with PEG-free Polymers”. The work was completed under the direction of Alexander V. Kabanov. View the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics news post.


Student presenting poster

I-Te Chu presents at the Annual Protein Society Symposium

July 22, 2022

I-Te Chu in the Pielak lab presented a poster titled “Protein dimer formation in vitro and in cells” at the Annual Protein Society Symposium in San Francisco, CA this summer. I-Te is a PhD student in the Chemistry department and is a trainee in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Program. 


Shen Shen PhD (2013 Alum) Update

July 18, 2022

Shen Shen is Senior Director of Gene Therapy Vectorology at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA. Her expertise involves gene therapy vector design, therapeutic CRISPR/Cas9 editing design, preclinical pharmacology studies for both viral and non-viral delivery modalities, and molecular engineering of AAV production platforms. View the UNC Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post to read more about this featured alumni spotlight.


Barry Lentz travel award

Barry Lentz Travel Award recipients

June 21, 2022

Five trainees in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Program received the Barry Lentz Travel Award this spring. The award provides financial support to students who are traveling to a conference to present research.   I-Te Chu in the Pielak lab – Presenting “Protein dimer formation in vitro and in cells” at the Annual Protein Society Symposium in San Francisco, CA  Jack Eicher in the Pielak lab- Presenting “Biophysical characterization of tardigrade desiccation tolerance protein” at the Annual Protein Society … Continued


Field day blue team

First annual field day competition

May 23, 2022

Last Friday, May 20, biophysics students planned and participated in a friendly field day competition. Students were grouped by cohort and a biophysics faculty joined each team. Games included centrifuge bottle bowling, serological pipette horseshoe, beaker flip, and a lab coat relay among others. Congratulations to the 4th year blue team (Amelia, Edgar, Dr. Rick Baker, and Dr. Kevin Slep) for winning!


New Student Talks

May 12, 2022

On May 19th, four Molecular and Cellular Biophysics trainees will give talks on a research project of choice from their first year rotations. The event is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics to welcome new students to the department.       Matthew Hvasta, Biophysics “A conserved set of mutations for stabilizing soluble E protein dimers from Dengue and Zika viruses” Lab: Brian Kuhlman                   … Continued