New TECBio Program Coordinator

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.

Elissa Fink (TECBio 2017) was accepted to present a poster at the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium.

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 Matamala (TECBio 2017) invited to give a presentation at the 2017 IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition workshop (AIPR2017).

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!

Congratulations to Shana Bergman, who published in the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling!

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.

Jess LeClair is to present at the Joint Math Meeting (JMM) conference in Atlanta this January!

Congratulations to Jessica LeClair (TECBio 2016) who will be presenting her research with Dr. John Shaffer (Assistant Professor, Human Genetics) at the Joint Math Meeting (JMM) conference in Atlanta this coming January. Her research was titled: “Association of Low-Frequency Variants in Regulatory Regions with Non-Syndromic Orofacial Clefts”.