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”.

Andonian Presents at REU Symposium

Congratulations to Alex Andonian (TECBio 2016) who was selected to present at the 2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium. The Symposium is run by the Council on Undergraduate Research and is to be held October 23-24, 2016. His research is titled, “Scalable Informatics Tools for Investigating Intra-Tumor Heterogeneity in Breast Cancer”. Best of luck, Alex!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to Emily Speranza and Nicolas Pabon on receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! 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. Emily is in the Bioinformatics program at Boston University, and Nick is a graduate student in the Joint CMU-Pitt Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology. (More info on the NSF GRFP)