After three years we finally learned to play Kubb!
Ben and Daichi visited Kyoto University to learn about RNA-protein condensates from Hiro Saito and his student Sora Matsumoto. The visit was part of a recent SPIRITS grant (Supporting Program for Interaction-based Initiative Team Studies) aimed at developing an international collaboration focused on liquid-liquid phase separation in living systems. Thank you again to Hiro and Sora for the wonderful trip!
Alex was selected by the Department of Physics as this year’s winner of the Berko Prize for his work on studying nucleation and growth of colloidal crystals. Congratulations, Alex! In addition to receiving a cash prize, Alex will present the first department colloquium of the fall semester.
Alfred and Hannah were awarded undergraduate research fellowships to continue their research in the lab this summer. Alfred was awarded the Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship; Hannah was awarded a Summer MRSEC Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Congrats to both!
The group celebrates the holidays with a game night.
Larry, Olivia, Alfred, Nate, and Guoxi all presented their summer research at the 2018 Brandeis SciFest. Topics ranged from kinetics of biomolecular interactions, surface chemistry, molecular dynamics simulations, to lipid bilayer membranes. Great work all around!
We are excited to have four new undergraduate students joining us for the summer: Larry Luster, Nathan Weber, Alfred Yeung, and Guoxi Zhu. Larry is an REU student from Hampton University in Virginia; Nathan is a student in the Quantitative Biology Research Community at Brandeis; Alfred is working on a collaborative project between the Rogers Lab and Ivanovic Lab, which is supported by a Provost's Research Award; and Guoxi is a Summer MRSEC Undergraduate Research Fellow. Welcome!
Ben was selected to receive the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. The award comes with three years of financial support to initiate a new research direction in RNA structure and interactions.
Details on the award can be found here: https://hria.org/tmf/smith/