Manuscript Accepted to Protein Science

My manuscript, “Evolution of a Protein Folding Nucleus” was accepted for publication in Protein Science.  In addition, this work was selected by the Editor to be included in the “Protein Evolution” Special Edition.  Dr. Xia Xue, a fellow Blaber Lab alumnus, is co-first author on this study.

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Invited Chapter Published in the Encyclopedia of Cell Biology

Dr. Mike Blaber and I contributed a chapter entitled “Proteins:  folding, misfolding, disordered proteins, and related diseases” to the Encyclopedia of Cell Biology (Academic Press, Oxford).  The Encyclopedia, which aims to provide “a broad overview of cell biology for researchers and students across the biological and medical sciences,” can be found here (subscription required).

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Attended RosettaCon at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA

Just a few short weeks after attending Rosetta Boot Camp in North Carolina, I headed back to the States to attend RosettaCon, held at the beautiful Sleeping Lady Resort in Washington state.  The conference was filled with insightful talks and delicious food!

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Early morning view of the Sleeping Lady, RosettaCon 2015.

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Attended Blaber Lab “Mini-Symposium”

After Rosetta Boot Camp, I took a couple of days to visit the Blaber Lab in Tallahassee, Florida.  Had a great time reconnecting with old friends and discussing some exciting new data!

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Sachiko, Dr. Blaber, and me after a huge, home-cooked indian meal (courtesy of Sachiko).

 

 

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Attended Rosetta Boot Camp in Chapel Hill, NC

Rosetta is the premier protein design software suite, with support from both academic and industry protein design labs.  Comprising nearly 2.5 million lines of code, about the same size as Windows 95, effectively developing new Rosetta applications is a significant challenge.  The Rosetta Boot Camp is a 1 week course to train new users the basics of Rosetta code development.

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Awarded 2015 Koshland Prize

The Koshland Prize is awarded to “exceptionally outstanding” postdoctoral fellows at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and is accompanied by an augmented Fellowship for up to 3 years!

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Awarded 2015 Dean of Faculty Fellowship

The Dean of Faculty Fellowship provides 1-2 years of 100% support for competitive postdoctoral fellows working at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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Joined Fleishman Lab at Weizmann Institute of Science

For my postdoctoral studies, I have joined the Fleishman Lab in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  As a member of the Fleishman Lab, I will extend my work on symmetric protein design by developing and applying cutting-edge computational approaches.

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PV2 Protein Awarded 1st Place at “Art in STEM Research” Exhibit

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Connie Tenorio (Graduate Student – Blaber Lab) Representing PV2 at the “Art in STEM Research” exhibit.

A ribbon representation of PV2 (Longo PNAS 2013) was awarded 1st Place at the “Art in STEM Research” exhibit hosted by the FSU Graduate Women in Science.

The design of PV2 tests hypotheses about the properties of the first proteins and the origin of life.  You can read more about the award here.

 

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Graduation!

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Sachiko, Liam, and Dr. Blaber at Graduation.

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Dr. Blaber practices hooding his favorite student.

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