2015 Summer Course

Eighth Summer Research Program in Biophysics Comes to a Close

For the 13 students who participated in the Biophysical Society Summer Research Program in Biophysics, this past summer provided an opportunity to immerse themselves in biophysics and get a taste for what life is like as a graduate student. In addition to structured coursework, the students spent much of their summer in the labs of faculty members at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, working to develop independent research projects. Their preliminary research findings were recently showcased during the program’s closing symposium, held at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill on July 29, 2015.

In addition to working in labs, Summer Program participants attended regular lectures given by UNC faculty. While these lectures provided a foundation in biophysics, seminars by visiting faculty members provided students with a more in-depth look at specific research topics. Students were able to network with visiting lecturers over lunch, asking questions about graduate school and gaining invaluable career advice. Participants also took part in professional development sessions, featuring topics such as writing a personal statement and ethics in science.

Despite the busy schedule of classes and lab work, there was still time for the students to enjoy social outings, including a trip to the beach and attending a Durham Bulls baseball game. Additionally, during the program’s alumni weekend, current students were able to connect with past students, learning about the steps they took to get into graduate school, as well as alternative career paths.

During the final symposium, students presented their individual summer research projects to their peers, teaching assistants, mentors, and Program Co-Directors, Barry Lentz and Mike Jarfster. Many students hope to present their projects at the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting. The Biophysical Society thanks NIGMS for funding the 2015 Summer Research Program in Biophysics.


2015 Course Resources

2015 Summer Course Student Research

Shan Ahmad
Single Cell Array for Functional Analysis of Parathyroid Adenoma Cells

Edwin Alvarado
Using NMR to Elucidate the Structure and Dynamics of the MicroRNA Pre-Element Loop

Nicole Boone
Fabrication of Adhesive Protein Micropatterns in Application of Studying Cell Motility and Frustrated Phagocytosis

Manuel Castro
PaaA: A Structural Approach Towards Understanding
the Biosynthesis of Antibiotics

Don Cundy III
Computer Simulation: Thermal Diffusion and Interactions of Actomyosin Particles

Ana De La Cruz
Crystallization of the Tandem Calponin Homology Domain of the Spectraplakin Protein from the Short Stop Drosophila Melanogaster Gene

Kathryn Goodreau
Phylogenetic Tree Reconstruction: A Look at Alternative Splicing in Serpina1 mRNA

Natalie Hewitt
Not All Ras Mutations are Created Equal

Socheata Lim
Influence of the First Amino Acid on Peptide Ion Rearrangements in a Quadrupole Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer

Destiny McDuffie
Autoinhibitory Regulation in Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor H1 (GEF-H1)

Danarubini Ramanan
Using Blue Light-Activated Adenylate Cyclase for Spatio-Temporal Control of Subcellular cAMP/PKA Pathway

Devin Rodriguez
Expression, Purification and Biophysical Characterization of Computationally Designed α+β

Matthew Sorrells
Optimization of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Quality
Control, Drug Loading, and MRI Contrast Capability