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.
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”.
Congratulations to Kirsten Endresen (TECBio 2016) who presented her research with Dr. Rob Coalson at the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by Rice. She was awarded “Best Biophysics Talk”. Her research was titled: “Modeling Transport Through the Nuclear Pore Complex”.
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!
Elisa presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia on August 23, 2016. She presented an extended version of her poster (“Convolutional Neural Networks for Protein-Ligand Scoring”) along with two other undergraduates. Congrats, Elisa!
Each year, our students nominate an Outstanding Mentor for the summer. Remy and Karla both nominated Dr. Madura for the award.
Congratulations to the 2015 TECBio Alum, Sarah Dubnik, for making it to the Jeopardy College Championship Final!