An Elon senior, an alumnus of a current staff member have each been selected for the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship program, which will support their work toward graduate degrees in STEM fields.
September 23, 2013
For his work with the development of a new antiviral drug for influenza, Eric Chen took home the Google Science Fair Grand Prize! Eric has been working for several years with the Amaro Lab researching ways to accelerate the drug discovery process. We are all so proud of him. Congratulations, Eric!
Check out the NBC News Article.
August 10, 2013
Ozlem Demir published a new paper in 'The Journal of Molecular Biology'. "Single amino acid exchanges revealed D317 on loop 7 as a critical determinant of dinucleotide substrate specificity. All-atom molecular dynamics simulations suggested a model in which D317 acts as a helix-capping residue by constraining the mobility of loop 7 and helping to create a novel binding pocket that favorably accommodates cytosine."
August 2, 2013
Sophia was awarded a research fellowship from the Interfaces Graduate Training Program at UCSD. This PhD specialization in Multi-scale Biology will augment her graduate research in Chemistry with interdisciplinary training; she will use Molecular & Brownian Dynamics to investigate the molecular behavior of the Ryanodine Receptor (RyR) in the hippocampus. Biophysical simulations, imaging studies with NCMIR & the Ellisman lab, & cellular simulations using MCell with the Sejnowski lab will be integrated for a more holistic study of RyR.
July 15, 2013
The beta version of the Amaro Lab website has been launched! Explore and enjoy.
Congratulations to Jason and Luke for their recently accepted paper in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling! Jason and Luke have presented a new molecular understanding of ligand recognition in the cytochrome P450 enzyme, aromatase, which is a major target for breast cancer therapeutics.
Congratulations to Vicki for her recent article in PLOS One! Vicki played a heroic role in determining a homology model for the core barrel structure of the leading vaccine target in Chlamydia, the major outer membrane protein (MOMP). Great job, Vicki!
June 17, 2013
The Amaro lab and department welcome the BioChemCoRe Class of 2013! 12 students from around the globe are spending 8 weeks in the Amaro lab to learn about computational chemistry and biophysics. Welcome!
Congratulations to Eric for being selected as one of fifteen students who will go on to compete in the International Google Science Fair!
Congratulations to Lane for being awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship! This award will generously fund Lane's PhD work on the development of hybrid Brownian dynamics and molecular dynamics approach to understanding binding kinetics. Great job, Lane!
Congratulations to Eric Chen for placing first in the microbiology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair!