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Biophysical Society Announces winners of 2018 Education Committee Travel Awards

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The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its Education Committee Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 62nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, February 17-21, 2018. The recipients of this competitive award, all of whom are students and postdoctoral fellows, are selected based on scientific merit. Each awardee will be presenting their research during the meeting, will receive a travel grant, and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, February 21, at the Moscone Center.

The recipients of the 2018 Education Committee Travel Award, along with their institutional affiliation and abstract title, are:

Donald Anderson, University of Montana, CHARACTERIZATION OF F2N12S IN CELL MEMBRANES USING TIME-RESOLVED FLUORESCENCE TECHNIQUES

Marina Angelini, University California, Los Angeles, L-TYPE CALCIUM CHANNEL GATING MODIFIERS AS A NEW CLASS OF ANTIARRHYTHMIC DRUGS

Fikret Aydin, The University of Chicago, COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF ENA/VASP INTERACTING WITH ACTIN FILAMENT TO UNDERSTAND ITS PROCESSIVITY

Landon Bayless-Edwards, Idaho State University, NVESTIGATING A DOMAIN I HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS MUTATION IN HNAV1.4: A COMPUTATIONAL APPROACH

Meagan Belcher Dufrisne, Columbia University, STRUCTURE OF A PHOSPHATIDYLINOSITOL-PHOSPHATE SYNTHASE FROM MYCOBACTERIA

Doran Bennett, Harvard University, A MULTISCALE MODEL OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Rebecca Berlow, Scripps Research Institute, HYPERSENSITIVE TERMINATION OF THE HYPOXIC RESPONSE BY A DISORDERED PROTEIN SWITCH

Alida Besch, University Minnesota Duluth, CONFORMATIONAL DYNAMICS OF DOPAMINE Β-HYDROXYLASE BY COMPUTER SIMULATIONS

Jennifer Boatz, University of Pittsburgh, MAGIC ANGLE SPINNING SOLID STATE NMR STUDIES OF OXIDIZED APOLIPOPROTEIN A-I AGGREGATES

Jean-Philippe Bourgouin, University du Québec à Montréal, METHODOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT TO STUDY LIPID MEMBRANES OF INTACT BACTERIA AND MICROALGAE BY 2H SOLID-STATE NMR

Samuel Canner, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, ARE VITAMIN E AND PUFA DRIVEN TOGETHER BY CHOLETEROL? COMPUTER SIMULATION STUDIES

Jessica Cao, Brown University, ROLE OF TYROSINE PHOSPHORYLATION OF MITOCHONDRIAL CALCIUM UNIPORTER IN REGULATING MITOCHONDRIAL CALCIUM HOMEOSTASIS

Emerson Carmona, University de Valparaiso, PROPERTIES OF THE VOLGATE-GATED PROTON CHANNEL GATING CURRENTS

Chase Carver, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, MUSCARINIC RECEPTOR NEUROMODULATION OF KCNQ M-TYPE K+, AND OTHER CHANNELS IN HIPPOCAMPAL PRINCIPAL NEURONS INVOLVES STRIKING CELL-SPECIFIC REGULATION CONTROLLING EXCITABILITY

Ugur Cetiner, University Maryland, RECOVERY OF EQUILIBRIUM FREE ENERGY FROM NON-EQUILIBRIUM THERMODYNAMICS WITH MECHANOSENSITIVE ION CHANNELS IN E. COLI

Geng-yuan Chen, Pennsylvania State University, MECHANISM OF MICROTUBULE STABILIZATION BY KINESIN-5

Lindsay Clark, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, LIGAND MODULATION OF SIDECHAIN DYNAMICS IN A WILD-TYPE HUMAN GPCR

Paige Cloonan, Washington University at St. Louis, MECHANICAL AND STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF CARDIOMYOPATHIES AT THE SINGLE CELL LEVEL

Matthew Dalphin, University Wisconsin-Madison, INSIGHTS INTO THE BALANCE BETWEEN FOLDING AND AGGREGATION DURING A PROTEIN'S LIFE

Hannelore De Peuter, KU Leuven, ALLOSTERIC MODULATION OF THE PENTAMERIC LIGAND-GATED ION CHANNEL ELIC BY BARBITURATES

Vladimir Demidov, CTPPhChPh RAS, ULTRAFAST FORCE-CLAMP SPECTROSCOPY REVEALS "SLIDING" CATCH-BOND BEHAVIOR OF THE MICROTUBULE-BINDING NDC80 PROTEIN

Yanting Deng, State University at Buffalo, State University of New York, INCREASE IN DYNAMICAL COLLECTIVITY AND DIRECTIONALITY OF ORANGE CAROTENOID PROTEIN IN THE PHOTO-PROTECTIVE STATE

Shreya Endapally, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, SPHINGOMYELIN-CHOLESTEROL COMPLEXES IN PLASMA MEMBRANES

Adeline Fanni, University New Mexico, HIGH SELECTIVITY AND SENSITIVITY OF OLIGOMERIC P-PHENYLENE ETHYNYLENES FOR DETECTING AMYLOID PROTEINS INVITRO

Yinnian Feng, Vanderbilt University, BIOPHYSICAL FEATURES OF THE αβTCR MECHANOME THAT DRIVE HIGH AVIDITY T-CELL RECOGNITION

Pamela Gallo, Rowan University, STRUCTURE-FUNCTION STUDIES OF THE HYPOXIA-INDUCIBLE PROYLY HYDROXYLASES

Alireza Ghanbarpour, Michigan State University, MIMICKING MICROBIAL RHODOPSIN ISOMERIZATION

Zahra Hayati, Florida State University, LIPID LATERAL ORDERING OF RAFT DOMAINS DEFINED BY HIGH-FIELD EPR

Nordine Helassa, University of Liverpool, DYSTONIA-ASSOCIATED HIPPOCALCIN MUTANTS DYSREGULATE CELLULAR CALCIUM INFLUX

Ani Henriksen, Brigham Young University, CONFORMATIONAL CHANGES OF SNAP-25 DUE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

Hui Huang, Vanderbilt University, COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF DISEASE MUTANT FORMS OF THE HUMAN KCNQ1 POTASSIUM CHANNEL

Maciej Jagielnicki, University of Virginia, MECHANISM OF PH GATING IN CX26 GAP JUNCTION CHANNELS REVEALED BY CRYOEM, CROSSLINKING AND HDX

Jaepyo Jeon University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, ISCHEMIC NEURONAL CELL DEATH MEDIATED BY TRPC CHANNELS

Wei Jiang, University of Southerrn California, INVESTIGATING THE MECHANISM OF DNA RECOGNITION BY A CRISPR-CAS12A NUCLEASE

Kaitlin Johnson, University of California, Davis, INVESTIGATION OF STABILITY AND DYNAMICS OF GEL-ENCAPSULATED BACTERIORHODOPSIN

Logan Kaler, Bay Path University, STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF NOVEL PROTEIN ACETYLTRANSFERASES

Anne Kaplan, University of Connecticut, PROTEIN YOGA: CONFORMATIONAL FLEXIBILITY OF A NOVEL FOLD

Sritejasvinithi Karimikonda, University of Wisconsin-Madison, PROBING CONFORMATIONAL MOTIONS UNDERLYING ANESTHETIC DRUG ACTIONS IN A LIGAND-GATED ION CHANNEL

Laurel Kinman, Wellesley College, INVESTIGATING cAMP-MEDIATED PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS AS MODULATORS OF HERG AND KVLQT1 PLASMA MEMBRANE EXPRESSION

Seda Kocaman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, INVESTIGATION OF THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS WHICH RESULT IN AMINOGLYCOSIDE NUCLEOTIDYLTRANSFERASE 4' (ANT4) VARIANTS WITH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THERMOSTABILITY

Oleg Kondrashov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, MEMBRANE-MEDIATED GRAMICIDIN INTERACTIONS DETERMINE PEPTIDE CLUSTERING AND ENHANCE CHANNEL FORMATION

Bo Hyun Lee, University of California, Davis, BINDING OF CAPSAICIN SLOWS DOWN PROTON-INDUCED TRPV1 ACTIVATION

Chris Lindsay, University of Oxford, ATORVASTATIN ACTIVATES SKELETAL RYR1 CHANNELS: TOWARDS REDUCING STATIN SIDE-EFFECTS

Chih Hung Lo, University of Minnesota, MANIPULATION OF TAU OLIGOMERIZATION AND AGGREGATION CHARACTERIZED BY TIME-RESOLVED FRET

Joseph Lorent, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, THE BIOPHYSICAL ASYMMETRY OF MAMMALIAN PLASMA MEMBRANES

Thu Ly, Washington State University, CARDIOMYOPATHY-LINKED MUTATION K15N IN TROPOMYOSIN ALTERS CALCIUM-DEPENDENT REGULATION OF RECONSTITUTED CARDIAC THIN FILAMENTS

Girik Malik, Nationwide Children's Hospital, CLASSIFICATION OF ALLOSTERY IN PROTEINS: A DEEP LEARNING APPROACH

Ornella Manfra, Institute for Experimental Medical Research, Norway, SUPER-RESOLUTION (dSTORM) IMAGING OF CALCIUM HANDLING PROTEINS IN CARDIOMYOCYTES

Lauren Ann Metskas, MRC Lab of Molecular Biology, CORRELATED CRYO-FLUORESCENCE AND CRYO-ELECTRON MICROSCOPY CAN IDENTIFY SITES OF MEMBRANE FUSION

Dylan Meyer, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF HYPERALDOSTERONISM-ASSOCIATED NA/K PUMP MUTATIONS

Ketaki Mhatre, Charité Medical University, Germany, THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN FGF23- AND ANGIOTENSIN II- MEDIATED CALCIUM SIGNALING IN CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY

Debadrita, Modak, The Ohio State University, RESOLVING THE MECHANISM OF ADHESION MEDIATED BY A NON-CLUSTERED DELTA-1 PROTOCADHERIN

Farzaneh Mohajerani, Brandeis University, IDENTIFYING THE FACTORS THAT CONTROL THE SIZE OF BACTERIAL MICROCOMPARTMENTS

Jeffrey Moore, University Colorado, Boulder, ORGANIZATION AND DYNAMICS OF GLIDING FLEXIBLE FILAMENTS

Varnavas Mouchlis, University of California, San Diego, ALLOSTERIC REGULATION BY MEMBRANES CONTROLS SPECIFICITY OF LIPOLYTIC ENZYMES THROUGH RECRUITMENT OF UNIQUE HYDROPHOBIC BINDING POCKETS

Vanessa Nguyen, University of Tennessee, INSERTION MECHANISM INTO THE LIPID BILAYER OF THE PH SENSITIVE ATRAM PEPTIDE AND ITS THERAPEUTIC PROSPECTS.

Ashley Nord, Centre de Biochimie Structurale-Université de Montpellier, A CATCH-BOND DRIVES STATOR MECHANOSENSITIVITY IN THE BACTERIAL FLAGELLAR MOTOR

Dillon Nye, Johns Hopkins University, A HISTIDINE-LYSINE AXIAL LIGAND SWITCH IN A HEMOGLOBIN

Eun Ae Park, California State University, Long Beach, TEMPLATED CROSS CATALYSIS BY OLIGOPEPTIDES AND OLIGONUCLEOTIDES

Yinghua Qiu, Northeastern University, NANOPORE FABRICATION IN ULTRATHIN HFO2 MEMBRANES FOR NANOPORE-BASED DNA SEQUENCING

Tejeshwar Rao, University of Alabama at Birmingham, MAPPING THE MECHANICAL CROSS-TALK BETWEEN EPIDERMAL GROWTH FACTOR RECEPTOR AND FOCAL ADHESION FORMATION

Glennis Rayermann, University of Washington, REVERSIBLE SEPARATION OF LIVING, UNPERTURBED CELL MEMBRANES INTO LIQUID PHASES

Neeladri Roy, National Cancer Institute, NIH, INTERACTION OF THE ASAP1 PH DOMAIN WITH THE N TERMINUS OF ARF1 IS CONTROLLED BY CONFORMATIONAL SWITCHING

Ellen Rumley, Willamette University, THE FORCE-DEPENDENT ACTIVITY OF MULTIPLE MYOSIN VI MONOMERS

Priyanka Samanta, University of Illinois, Chicago, IONIC PERMEATION AND THE NATURE OF ION SELECTIVITY IN CLAUDIN PARACELLULAR CHANNELS

Tonya Santaus, University of Maryland, VIABLE PATHOGENIC ORGANISM TRANSPORTATION AND RECOVERY FROM A LOW-COST SUPPORT

Pradeep Sathyanarayana, Indian Institute of Science, CHOLESTEROL PROMOTES CYTOLYSIN A ACTIVITY BY STABILIZING THE INTERMEDIATES DURING PORE FORMATION

Carly Sciandra, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MOLECULAR MECHANISM FOR MATURATION INHIBITORS AGAINST THE HIV-1 CAPSID-SP1 DOMAIN

Nooshin Shatery Nejad, Wesleyan University, QUANTIFICATION OF SINGLE-MOLECULE FRET BETWEEN QUANTUM DOTS AND ORGANIC DYES

Zheng Shi, Harvard University, LIPID-GEL MODEL OF BIOLOGICAL MEMBRANES

Min Kyung Shinn, Washington University at St. Louis, ALLOSTERIC EFFECT OF E. COLI SSB C-TERMINAL TAILS ON RecOR BINDING TO DNA

Wanjian Tang, Penn State College of Medicine, IMPACT OF DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY MUTATION AND SMALL MOLECULE REGULATOR ON HUMAN BETA-CARDIAC MYOSIN

Bryn Taylor, University of California, San Diego, INVESTIGATING CHEMOKINE RECEPTOR CCR2 DYNAMICS AND DRUGGABILITY BY ENSEMBLE BASED APPROACHES

M. Mert Terzi, Carnegie Mellon University, MEMBRANE ELASTICITY: UNDERSTANDING THE GAUSSIAN CURVATURE MODULUS FROM LIPID TILT THEORY

Christopher Thomas, Boise State University, LYSENIN CHANNEL RECONSTITUTION INTO UNSUPPORTED DROPLET INTERFACE BILAYERS

Christopher Tsiros, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, BINDING OF THE N2A REGION OF TITIN TO ACTIN FILAMENTS

George Vaisey, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL CHARACTERIZATION OF BEST1 CHANNEL INACTIVATION

Victor Vasquez Montes, University of Kansas Medical Center, LIPID-DEPENDENT MODULATION OF CONFORMATIONAL SWITCHING BY PROTONATION DURING MEMBRANE PROTEIN INSERTION

Daniel Walgenbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison, THE ROLE OF CALMODULIN METHIONINE OXIDATION IN REGULATING CONFORMATIONAL CHANGE

David Wang, Duke University, ACCURATE REFOLDING OF EXPERIMENTALLY DETERMINED PROTEIN MECHANICAL UNFOLDING INTERMEDIATES VIA ALL-ATOM MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS

Justin Westerfield, University of Tennessee, A NOVEL MEMBRANE PEPTIDE THAT INHIBITS CELL MIGRATION BY ACTIVATION OF THE RECEPTOR TYROSINE KINASE EPHA2

Sanjula Wickramasinghe, University of Pennsylvania, CHARACTERIZATION OF THE AGGREGATION-PRONE ENSEMBLE OF TAU IN THE PRESENCE OF POLYPHOSPHATES

Virangika Wimalasena, The University of Kansas, DETERMINING THE SPECIFICITY OF DESIGNED PEPTIDE THAT INHIBITS ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Zhiyu Xiao, University of California, Davis, FRUSTRATED PHAGOCYTIC SPREADING OF HUMAN NEUTROPHILS ON DIFFERENT DENSITIES OF SURFACE-IMMOBILIZED IgG

Shannon Yan, University of California, Berkeley, TOGGLE THE FATE OF PROTEIN TARGETING–TOGGLING SIGNAL RECOGNITION PARTICLE (SRP) RNA, A MOLECULAR SWITCH, VIA ITS CO-TRANSCRIPTIONAL FOLDING PATHWAYS

Iva Ziu, Oakland University, ROLE OF ANTI-TAU ANTIBODIES ON MICROTUBULE POLYMERIZATION AND STABILITY

Yanyu Zhu, University of Wisconsin- Madison, SINGLE MOLECULE STUDY OF THE MECHANISM OF ATTACK OF THE HUMAN ANTIMICROBIAL PEPTIDE LL-37 ON E. COLI

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. For more information on these awards, the Society, or the 2018 Annual Meeting, visit http://www.biophysics.org.

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