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Samrat Mukhopadhyay

Ambassador Term: 2020-2023 (Class 1)

Representing: India

Biography:
I obtained my doctoral degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and then did my postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute, California, USA. My laboratory at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali is involved in studying the key molecular characteristics of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) by utilizing a diverse array of approaches involving biophysics, biochemistry, molecular-, cellular-, and chemical biology, fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, super-resolution imaging, single-molecule, and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. We aim at delineating the molecular mechanism of amyloid formation and liquid-liquid phase separation of various IDPs. Apart from biophysics, I am also interested in old music, history, and traveling.

Ambassador Program Goal:
As a BPS Ambassador, I will be able to engage with a larger section of younger students and established biophysicists from both India and overseas and to promote biophysics research, education, and outreach.

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Olwyn Byron

Ambassador Term: 2020-2023 (Class 1)

Representing: United Kingdom

Biography:
I am a Professor of Biophysics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK. My job consists of a traditional mix of teaching, administration and research. My research focusses on meso-resolution solution state molecular biophysics and the tools I use are analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC), small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS, SANS) and hydrodynamic bead modelling (HBM). Fun fact about me: if I wasn’t a scientist, I’d be a drummer in a band.

Ambassador Program Goal:
I am honoured to currently serve as Chair of the British Biophysical Society (BBS) and one of my goals as a BPS Ambassador is to strengthen the links between our two societies. I’m looking forward to a great partnership!

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Nuno C. Santos

Ambassador Term: 2020-2023 (Class 1)

Representing: Portugal

Biography:
I completed my PhD at the University of Lisbon in 1999, after conducting part of the experimental work at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Currently, I am Professor at the University of Lisbon Medical School, and Head of the Biomembranes and Nanomedicine Unit at the Institute of Molecular Medicine. Our research work spans peptide/protein-membrane interactions, nanobiophysics, infectious and cardiovascular diseases. On my spare time, I like travelling (52 different countries and counting!), playing water polo, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.

Ambassador Program Goal:
I am the President of the Portuguese Biophysical Society since 2015. I have been a member of BPS since 1997, when I was a PhD student. As a BPS Ambassador, I would like to promote Biophysics and the BPS activities, not only in Portugal, but also on some developing countries with whom I have been cooperating.

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John Baenzinger

Ambassador Term: 2020-2023 (Class 1)

Representing: Canada

Biography:
I am a professor of Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. I teach courses on protein structure and function. I run an active research program studying the structures and mechanisms underlying the allosteric modulation of ligand-gated ion channels. I have been very active in the Biophysical Society of Canada (BSC). The BSC focuses on the promotion of Biophysics in Canada by supporting an annual congress, networking events, and newsletters, as well as by recognizing the scientific achievements of our members. Through the BSC, I have been particularly active in the promotion of the careers of trainees by advocating for both trainee travel and merit awards. I am an active outdoor enthusiast – I love surfing, white water canoeing, biking, skiing and hiking!

Ambassador Program Goal:
My main goal as a BPS Ambassador is to create stronger links between the BSC and the BPS to promote biophysics, with a particular focus on fostering better opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.