Justin Miller awarded a Dissertation Year Fellowship

Justin is a 4th year PhD Student in the Molecular Biology Institute researching in the laboratory of Dr. Todd Yeates. His research work is focused on applying synthetic biology principles and computational methods to design therapeutic proteins and therapeutic delivery vectors. As an undergraduate student at UCLA, Justin studied Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics. Now at TDG, he works primarily with biologics, where he draws from his background in molecular and structural biology to better understand details of university-generated inventions.

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Jose Rodriguez wins 2018 Pew Scholars Award


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Patrice Salomé selected as one of 16 Assistant Features Editors for The Plant Cell

Patrice Salomé, an assistant researcher in Sabeeha Merchant’s group, was recently selected as one of 16 Assistant Features Editors for The Plant Cell, owing to his breadth of knowledge in plant biology. He will contribute summaries of research articles published in The Plant Cell. He has already published 11 “in Brief” articles for the journal, covering a range of topics, including micronutrient uptake in plants, chromosome segregation and light- and hormone-regulated seedling development.
Patrice is also a writer for “Plant Cell Extracts”, on the blog site Medium.com. He coined the name of the blog, which is sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB), and contributes to ASPB’s science communication efforts by making cutting-edge research in the plant sciences accessible to the larger community.

In Brief articles:

  1. Some Like it HOT: Protein Translation and Heat Stress in Plants. in Brief, The Plant Cell, 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00699
  2. Know Your Histone (Zip)Code: Flowering Time and Phosphorylation of Histone H2A on Serine 95. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00752
  3. Proliferate at Your Own Risk: Ribosomal Stress and Regeneration. in Brief, The Plant Cell, 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00782
  4. In the Heat of the Moment: ZTL-Mediated Protein Quality Control at High Temperatures. in Brief, The Plant Cell, 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00871
  5. This ICE/SCRM Melts in the Dark: Light-Dependent COP1-Mediated Protein Degradation in Stomatal Formation. in Brief, The Plant Cell 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00870
  6. Life’s a Gas Under Pressure: Ethylene and Etioplast Maintenance in Germinating Seedlings. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00939
  7. Manganese is a Plant’s Best Friend: Intracellular Mn Transport by the Transporter NRAMP2. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00965
  8. Hold Me Closer: Meiotic Crossover Formation and FANCD2. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00134
  9. Developmental Timing Is Everything: TZP and Phytochrome Signaling. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00302
  10. Divide and Conquer: High-Throughput Screening of Chlamydomonas Cell Cycle Mutants. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00391
  11. Don’t Go Grocery Shopping When Hungry! Systemic Signaling in Zinc Homeostasis. In Brief, The Plant Cell 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00700

Medium articles: https://medium.com/plant-cell-extracts

  1. Some Like it HOT: Protecting Plants from Heat Stress.
  2. Plants Get Jetlag Too: A Play On Flowering Time.
  3. Plants: the Green Starfish of the World.

Nicole Poweleit accepted Postdoctoral Scholar position at UCSF

Nicole Poweleit, recent PhD with Dr. Robert Gunsalus accepted postition at the  University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Medicine. She will join Oren Rosenberg‘s lab in the Division of Infectious Diseases, working with microbial pathgenesis.

2018 Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research to DuYoung Min

Duyoung Min, Postdoc in the Bowie lab received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research. Duyoung developed methods that allowed him to investigate the folding of the most complex proteins ever examined experimentally.

James Bowie was named Fellow of the Biophysical Society

James Bowie was named Fellow of the Biophysical Society and he delivered the Choh Hao Li Memorial Lecture at Academia Sinica.

Other awards:

  • 2018 Choh Hao Li Memorial Lecture, Academia Sinica
  • 2018 UCLA Postdoctoral Society Postdoc Mentoring Award Finalist
  • 2017 Anatrace Award for Membrane Proteins, Biophysical Society

Burroughs-Wellcome Career Award to Calin Plesa

UCLA Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Award, the Burroughs-Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface, has been awarded to Calin Plesa, one of 6 top postdocs to receive of this award. The award is $500,000 to begin his career.

Biochemistry PhD Dissertation Awarded to Yuxi Liu

Graduating PhD student Yuxi Liu from the Yeates lab has been awarded the Biochemistry PhD Dissertation Award from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for her outstanding research accomplishments. Dr. Liu has pioneered the development of designed protein scaffolds that make it possible to image small proteins by cryo-EM. Proteins smaller than about 50 kDa have until now been beyond the scope of cryo-EM methods.

Kristen Holbrook accepted position at Amgen, Toxicology Group

Kristen Holbrook, postdoctoral researcher in Sabeeha Merchant’s group, has recently accepted a position as a Scientist in the Toxicology group at Amgen. Her job will focus on the development and implantation of toxicology strategy for early lead discovery through clinical targets. In addition, she will work with a multidisciplinary team to design and manage a wide array of exploratory and regulatory toxicology studies.