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Biophysical Society Announced Undergraduate Poster Award Competition Winners

ROCKVILLE, MD – The 10 winners of the annual Undergraduate Poster Award Competition (UPAC) were recognized at the 68th Biophysical Society Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on February 12, 2024. After two rounds of judging, judges from every career level selected these students for their outstanding presentations during the poster competition. Ninety-Six students participated in the competition. 

The 2024 UPAC winners are: 

Zharia Brandon, DePaul University, USA – “Analysis of Fluorophores for Peptide Substrates Used in Inflammatory Caspase Activity Assays”

Aya Abu-Alfa, Princeton University, USA – “Investigating the Function of the Multiphase Organization of the Nucleolus”

Holly Cheng, Princeton University, USA – “Probing the Material Properties of Nucleoli Using Micropipette Aspiration”

Jai Dreher, Amherst College, USA – “Fixing the Bucket Angle on a Centrifugal Force Microscope”

Shira M. Freilich, Vassar College, USA – “Reproducibility of Atomic Force Microscopy Measurements on Tau Protein”

Kamrin D. Shultz, James Madison University, USA – “Understanding the effect of Obscurin on Cellular Architecture and Dynamics”

Isabella He, Northwestern University, USA – “Stochastic Resonance Ensures Fail-Safe Operation of Cardiac Pacemaker at Low Rates”

Diangen Lin, University of Chicago, USA – “Single-Molecule Study of Disaggregation of Biomolecular Condensates by Heat Shock Proteins”

Yin-Tzu Chen, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA – “Nanopore Sensor to Detect Time Resolved, Label Free Interaction Between RNA and a Small Molecule Therapeutic at Single Molecule Resolution”

Laith Bahlouli, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA – “Cardiac Pathophysiology of Covid-19 Mediated by Ryanodine Receptor Type 2 SR CA2+ Leak.”


The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to lead development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, publications, and committee and outreach activities. Its 7,500 members are located throughout the United States and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

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