CBI NEWS & EVENTS

CBI members are doing incredible things! Congratulations to the professors, students, and labs recently in the news for their achievements...

  • The CBI grant was renewed for year 20--with an increase in funding! NIH has increased support of the program from 7 to 8 trainee slots for 2015!

  • UPCOMING EVENTS: The speakers for the 20th birthday seminar series include:
    Susan Marqusee
    (UC Berkeley), MCB CBI Seminar on April 14th, 2015
    John Kozarich (ActivX Biosciences), Chemistry CBI Seminar on May 5th, 2015
    David Mooney (Harvard), PSE CBI Seminar on September 11th, 2015
    Darrell Irvine (MIT), ChemEng CBI Seminar on December 15, 2015
    More details are listed on the CBI Special Seminar page.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS: Free Schrödinger Workshop on computer-aided drug discovery (CADD) and related topics in biomolecular structure and recognition, June 1 - 2, 2015 in ISB 321 - Register here!

  • UPCOMING EVENTS: BMB/BMP/CBI Joint Retreat at UMass Med in Worcester on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - Register here!

  • CBI Newsletter 2014
   

Scott Garman has been selected to receive a CNS 2015 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award for Outstanding Research.

Coralie Backlund has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Professor Thomas Lars Andresen at the Technical University of Denmark.

Shelly Peyton’s NSF CAREER project focuses on more effective, humane, and inexpensive chemotherapy drugs.

Kristopher Kolewe, YinYong Li and team won the UMass Innovation Challenge for the development of FogKicker, a biodegradable, easy to apply, low-cost, and long-lasting coating which prevents condensation.

Danny Schnell has been chosen as a Spotlight Scholar for his work leading a team of academic and industrial researchers to increase the yield of the plant Camelina sativa as as biofuel source. The research is supported by a $4.2 M Department of Energy PETRO grant.

Lila Gierasch was awarded an Industry-Academic Collaborative Research Grant from the UMass President's Enhancement Funding and Schrödinger biotech firm to support a the project "Designing Modulators of Hsp70 Molecular Chaperones as Potential Therapeutics Against Cancer and Neurodegenerative Diseases".

An article on the "Design of Aromatic-Containing Cell-Penetrating Peptide Mimics with Structurally Modified π Electronics" by Brittany M. deRonde, Alexander Birke, and Greg Tew is featured in the February 9th issue of Chemistry - A European Journal.

Congratulations to Kamal Joshi, who won a prize for his poster on "An Adaptor Hub Regulates Degradation of Critical Bacterial Cell-Cycle Regulators" at the MCB Retreat on February 28th.

Maria Santore was selected to give the Penn Engineering Grace Hopper Lecture on April 29, 2015.

Shelly Peyton and Joe Jerry were featured in a Research Next article for their work on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.


Scott Eron gives CBI a shout out in a recent interview explaining what drew him to UMass.

Vince Rotello and group were featured in Nature Nanotechnology for their work on the development of a multi-channel sensor method using gold nanoparticles that can accurately profile various anti-cancer drugs and their mechanisms in minutes (December 2014).

S. "Thai" Thaymanavan presented a Distinguished Faculty Lecture on "Smart Therapy: The Search for Better-Targeted Delivery Systems" in December 2014.

M. "Muthu" Muthukumar and group were featured in The Journal of Chemical Physics for their work on "Electrophoretic mobilities of counterions and a polymer in cylindrical pores" (September 2014).

Peter Chien was awarded a five-year grant totaling $1.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to understand how bacteria destroy their own proteins when dealing with stress.

 

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