Zhenxing Liu has been promoted to associate Professor in Beijing Normal University.
Mike Hinczewski, Riina and Dave's work on Myosin published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110, E4059 (2013) has been highlighted in Nature Physics [link].
Dave has been elected as 2014 Fellow of the Biophysical Society.
Changbong Hyeon and Dave proposed a new mechanism of how urea denatures RNA. It is precisely the opposite of how urea unfolds proteins. The work published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135 12112 (2013) has been highlighted in JACS Spotlights, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 12479.12479.
Mike Hinczewski was profiled for the Postdoc Spotlight in the Biophysical Society Newsletter [link]
Ed O'Brien has accepted a tenure track position in the Chemistry department in Penn State University.
"The Editors at The Journal of Chemical Physics facilitate publication of the most innovative and influential articles in the field of Chemical Physics each year. In the following collection, the Editors have selected a few of the many notable JCP articles published in 2012 that present ground-breaking research."
On the origin of the unusual behavior in the stretching of single-stranded DNA Ngo Minh Toan and D. Thirumalai J. Chem. Phys. 136, 235103 (2012)
was chosen by the Editors as part of the selection.
Dr. Zhechun Zhang (Lance) accepts a postdoctoral position in the group of Sharad Ramanathan (Harvard Univ.)
Greg Morrison has taken the position of Assistant Professor of
Statistical Physics at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. Dr. Morrison will be working with the Analysis of compleX Economic Systems (AXES) Laboratory, applying the techniques of statistical physics and complex networks to a wide range of economic, sociological, and biological systems
Reddy accepts an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Solid State Structural Unit at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India starting March 2013
Reddy and Dave's paper published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. [link] titled "Denaturant-dependent folding of GFP" is highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News.[link]
Zhechun Zhang (Lance) has been awarded the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from University of Maryland.
Sam Cho was interviewed on Fox TV news [link] about his research with Shi Biyun and Dave regarding the folding of human telomerase RNA pseudoknot, as well as GPU-optimized MD simulations.
Shi Biyun and Sam Cho's study on RNA folding induced by ion and
temperature published in JACS Vol. 133, p20634 (2011) [link] has been highlighted in JACS Spotlights vol 134, p.745 (2012) [link]
Michael Hinczewski is awarded an NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship.
Review by Dave, Reddy and Straub titled "Role of water in protein aggregation and amyloid polymorphism" to be published in Accounts of Chemical Research [link] is highlighted by the Faculty of 1000 Biology as a must-read paper [link]
Dr. Jie Chen has received the inaugural University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Prize in the disciplinary area of Biological and Life Sciences. Her dissertation “Link Between Dynamics and Function in Single and Multi-subunit Enzymes” was nominated by the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
Reddy and Dave's paper published in PNAS titled "Dry amyloid fibril assembly in a yeast prion peptide is mediated by long-lived structures containing water wires" [link] is highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News. [link]
Harmen Bussemaker (Columbia University) won the Guggenheim Fellowship and was also awarded the Columbia Faculty award
Zhenxing Liu accepts an academic position in Beijing Normal University starting January 2011
Toan received Postdoc Travel Award for the ASCB 50th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia Dec 2010
Dave was awarded Distinguished University Professor
Jie Chen and Dave's paper published in PNAS, "Promoter melting triggered by bacterial RNA polymerase occurs in three steps" was featured on the cover, and appeared as a research highlight in EurekAlert! [link]
Dave discusses in the interview on a leading Australian radio station [link] the development of a self-replicating "synethetic bacterial cell" by J. Craig Venter's team [press release].
Jie Chen accepts a postdoctoral position in the group of Barry Honig (Columbia Univ.).
A paper by Riina Tehver and Dave Thirumalai in the journal Structure titled, "Rigor to Post-Rigor Transition in Myosin V: Link between the Dynamics and the Supporting Architecture" [link] is featured in a special "Preview" written by Ron Elber (UT Austin) [link].
Sam Cho accepts a tenure track faculty position in the Departments of Physics and Computer Science at Wake Forest University.
Riina Tehver accepts a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Physics at Denison University.
Wenjun Zheng (University at Buffalo, SUNY) garners an NSF CAREER Award.
A paper by Changbong Hyeon and Dave Thirumalai (in collaboration with Alex D. Mackerell, Jr.) in J. Amer. Chem. Soc. titled,"Urea Destabilizes RNA by Forming Stacking Interactions and Multiple Hydrogen Bonds with Nucleic Acid Bases" [link] is highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News [link].
Dave is elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Dave given Senior Humbolt Research award.
Ruxandra Dima and George Stan (University of Cincinnati) garner NSF CAREER Awards.
Harmen Bussemaker (Columbia University) has been awarded tenure.
A paper by David Pincus, Changbong Hyeon, and Dave Thirumalai in J. Amer. Chem. Soc. titled, "Effects of Trimethylamine N-Oxide (TMAO) and Crowding Agents on the Stability of RNA Hairpins" [link] , is one of only 23 papers in 2008 to be featured in JACS Select [link].
Dave's paper in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. titled, "Urea denaturation by stronger dispersion interactions with proteins than water implies a 2-stage unfolding", was featured on the cover [link], and it received a special commentary written by Peter Rossky (UT, Austin) [link].
Ed O'Brien receives an award from the Gordon Conference for his poster, "Osmolyte and denaturant effects on proteins are accurately predicted with the Molecular Transfer Model".
Greg Morrison accepts a postdoctoral position in the group of L. Mahadevan (Harvard Univ.)
Ed O'Brien is awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship
Riina Tehver receives an award from the Gordon Conference for her poster, "Kinetic model for GroEL-mediated protein folding".
Ed O'Brien accepts a postdoctoral postition in the group of Chris Dobson (University of Cambridge, UK)
Sam Cho is awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship
Riina Tehver is awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship