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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Dec 20, 2021: Dr Abrol has published a chapter in the latest volume of the journal Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology, titled "Development of enhanced conformational sampling methods to probe the activation landscape of GPCRs". His two co-authors, Erik Serrano and Luis Jaimes Santiago are former undergraduate researchers from the Abrol group. The image above is a figure from the publication, showing a conceptual conformational spectrum of GPCRs that captures our current understanding of their signaling energy landscapes.

Sept 27, 2021: Dr. Fischhaber has published her latest manuscript in Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports. The paper, titled "SAW1 is increasingly required to recruit Rad10 as SSA flap-length increases from 20 to 50 bases in single-strand annealing in S. cerevisiae" is co-authored by former graduate students Jane Odango, Juan Camberos and Fred Fregoso. The image above is from a figure in the publication; it shows fluorescence images indicating that the Saw1 colocalizes with Rad10 at SSA sites bearing 20, 30 or 50 nt flaps during DNA repair processes. The paper will be published in the December 2021 issue of the journal, but is available now online.

Sept 21, 2021: Dr. Miao has received confirmation that his Major Research Instrumentation grant has been funded by the NSF!  The grant, awarded to PI Miao along with co-PIs from our department Drs. Eloranta, Boulesbaa and Teprovich as well as co-PI Lau from Physics, funds the project titled "Acquisition of a GPU/CPU computing cluster for research and education in computational chemistry and materials" and is worth just over $455,000. The grant will provide important computing infrastructure for researchers in the College of Science and Math.  Congratulations to the PI and co-PIs!

Sept 10, 2021: Dr. Crowhurst has been awarded a SCORE-SC3 grant from the National Institutes of Health. It is a four-year grant, worth $435,000, for the project titled "Synergy between acid stress chaperones HdeA and HdeB with clients and their key sites of activity". The grant money not only funds the research in her lab; money is also budgeted to support student researchers in her lab. Congratulations, Dr. Crowhurst!

Sept 7, 2021: Dr. Teprovich has been awarded a Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) research grant from the National Science Foundation.  The two-year grant, worth $248,526, will support his proposal titled “Investigating Ion-transport and Dynamics in Composite Materials Containing Large Boron-rich Anion (LBRA) Salts.”  Preliminary results included in the proposal were collected by current graduate students Matthew Green and Katty Kaydanik and former undergraduate student Miguel Orozco.  Congratulations, Dr. Teprovich!

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