TECBio mentor and professor in the Pitt Department of Cell Biology, Dr. Sandra Murray, has been named a Lifetime Fellow by the American Society for Cell Biology for her “distinguished contributions to the advancement of cell biology,” making her the first African-American woman to receive this honor.
We would like to thank Leah Russell for her many years of excellent work in ensuring the success of the TECBio/DiSCoBio Program. Her tireless efforts in development, promotion, and organization have been an integral part in bringing the program to fruition each year. We wish her the best of luck as she moves on to her new position.
Please join us in welcoming our new program coordinator, Adam Kohlhaas. Adam previously worked for the U.S. Department of State in the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. We hope that you will keep Adam and us posted with all of your accomplishments over the years.
Christopher’s abstract got accepted for a poster presentation at ABRCMS. He worked with Dr. David Koes in Computational and Systems Biology on a project titled, “Using Convolutional Neural Networks in Order to Predict Ligand Properties”. Christopher is currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Best of luck on your presentation!
Elissa will present a poster at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium on October 22-23, 2017. Her poster is titled: “Toward Atomistic Simulations of Pathways and Rate Constants for Protein-Peptide Unbinding Processes.” During her time at TECBio, she worked with Dr. Lillian Chong in the department of Chemistry. She is currently a senior at Christopher Newport University. Good luck on your poster presentation!
Nicole was invited to present her work at the 2017 IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition workshop (AIPR2017). She will give an oral presentation on her paper titled, “3D Visualization of the Human Brain”. During her time at TECBio, she worked with Dr. Art Wetzel at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. She is currently continuing her studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Best of luck on your presentation!
GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Kirsten is graduating from Trinity University and currently deciding on her post-graduate plans. Congrats! (More info on the NSF GRFP)
Ivy Shi (TECBio 2014) will be presenting her work with Dr. Takis Benos at the 2017 American Thoracic Society Conference. “Probabilistic Graphical Models Identify Causal Predictors of FEV1 Decline in COPD Patients”.
Shana Bergman (TECBio 2015) published a paper titled, “Modeling global changes induced by local perturbations to the HIV-1 capsid”, with her research with Dr. Tim Lezon (Assistant Professor, Comp & Sys Bio, Drug Discovery Institute). The research highlights:
• Coarse-grained modeling of mutation and binding in HIV-1 capsid.
• Dynamics are robust against simulated linking of capsomers within hexamers.
• Inter-hexamer linking stabilizes most mobile regions of capsid.
This is according to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Among the top 10 public schools in the region, Pitt’s campus in Pittsburgh has the highest scores in three of the four categories that the overall rankings are based on: student outcomes, academic resources and student engagement.