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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 … Read more


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                   … Read more


Nick Randolph

Nick Randolph awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 12, 2022

Nick Randolph was recently awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Nick is a member of Brian Kuhlman’s lab and a student in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology curriculum. Read the Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post for more details.


Jeff Bonin

Jeff Bonin earns his PhD!

May 2, 2022

Jeff Bonin, a student in Dr. Andrew Lee’s lab, successfully defended his dissertation on April 19, 2022. See the Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post for details about Jeff’s time at UNC and future plans.


Rhese Thompson earns his PhD!

May 2, 2022

Rhese Thompson, advised by Dr. Qi Zhang, successfully defended his dissertation on April 20th. See the Biochemistry and Biophysics department news post for details on Rhese’s time at UNC.  


Cathy Anderson

Cathy Spangler earns her PhD!

February 7, 2022

Cathy Spangler successfully defended her dissertation titled “Exploring the Mechanistic Basis of Nucleosome Interactions” on January 27th, 2022 under the direction of Dr. Robert McGinty. Cathy received a double B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. During this time, she began her scientific research career in the lab of Dr. Nikolay Dokholyan, where she worked on the development of novel organophosphate protein bioscavengers and investigated the … Read more