Darian gave a talk on his research in the 2023 European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA) Congress in Stockholm!

Mr. Darian Yang, a soon-to-be 5th year PhD student in the MBSB graduate program, co-mentored by Dr. Lillian Chong and Dr. Angela Gronenborn, attended the 2023 European Biophysical Societies Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, where his abstract was selected for a talk, “Characterization of an Alternate Conformation of the HIV-1 Capsid Protein CTD Dimer using 19F NMR and Weighted Ensemble MD”. It is an important opportunity for graduate students to give talks on their results in such professional conferences and exchange their ideas with the international scientists in their fields. Darian received a IUPAB bursary to attend this conference as the IUPAB sponsored and supports this meeting. Darian: “I enjoyed this meeting quite a lot! It was an incredible opportunity to present in the Stockholm University Aula Magna. I was able to forge strong relationships and have stimulating scientific discussions with people from Europe and all around the world. Besides the science, there was also plenty of social activities built in to provide a well-balanced schedule. Some highlights included kayaking and having a reception/dinner at Stockholm city hall where the Nobel banquets are held.”

Left) Presenting in the Aula Magna. Middle) The gold room in Stockholm city hall. Right) A walk around Gamla Stan (the old city).






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The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine concluded on July 28, 2023. There were three SURP students who worked in the Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology (MBSB) graduate program laboratories. Together with the students in the Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology (MGDB) graduate program, they presented their research in the closing-day presentation. Their presentation levels were extremely high. We had active discussions after each talk.

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“Post-translational covalent assembly of CAR and synNotch receptors for programmable antigen targeting”

An exciting paper from the laboratories of Drs. Jason Lohmueller and Alexander Deiters in the MBSB graduate program, in collaboration with Olivera Finn and Natasa Miskov-Zivanov at the University of Pittsburgh, was published in Nature Communications. An MBSB student, Mr. Victor So, also had a critical role in the publication.





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Prof. Marvin Bayro, from University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus, briefly visited Pittsburgh this past week. He stopped by the Department of Structural Biology where one of his former students is working as a predoctoral fellow and one of his current students is working as a summer student. It was a nice catch up and was a joyful time.

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MBSB Research Symposium in Pittsburgh !

The tenth annual MBSB research symposium was successfully held on May 12th 2023 in the Frick Fine Arts Building in University of Pittsburgh. The 2023 symposium featured Dr. Clifford Brangwynne as the keynote speaker.  MBSB alumnus, Dr. Ryan Slack was also invited to give a talk. Students engaged in career discussions as well as presented their research in research talks and posters.