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NSF BioXFEL STC Postdoctoral Research Award granted to Andrea Katz

The BioXFEL Center is proud to announce the recipient of the 2019 Postdoctoral Research Award, Andrea Katz. Andrea Katz received her Bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy from Trinity University in 2011. She came to Cornell's Applied Physics department for graduate studies and joined Dr. Lois Pollack's research group. Here, Andrea developed new methods and instrumentation to study a diverse range of biological molecules. In particular, she worked to develop mixing injectors for time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography at X-ray free electron lasers. As a postdoc in the Pollack group, Andrea is developing spectroscopic methods to characterize the diffusion of reactants and reaction times in microcrystals. These methods will lead to more successful XFEL mixing experiments by allowing systems to be evaluated and optimized in advance of beamtime.

Stella Lisova - Maestro of the Liquid Jet

Stella Lisova - Maestro of the Liquid Jet

Most of us in BioXFEL owe the success of our work at LCLS and other XFELs to Stella's remarkable skills. The precision grinding and manufacturing she undertakes to produce nozzles for our liquid jets has enabled much of the static structure determination and practically all of the time-resolved protein crystallography we do at XFELs since she joined us in 2013. Stella completed her Masters degree in Physics in Novgorod, Russia in 1998, and a Masters in Engineering at ASU in 2015. She is skilled in a wide variety of laboratory techniques, from optical and electron microcopy to electronic systems, vacuum systems and vapor deposition. Stella has a particular interest in software for mechanical engineering  design and CAD drawing, and mathematical modeling of non-equilibrium processes, such as the fluid dynamics in our liquid jets. At XFEL beamtimes in recent years, it is the performance of her GDVN nozzles that has earned her the respect of all the PIs, since these nozzles invariably seem to perform better and produce more stable jets than those made by any other group, and so are in great demand by all the PIs. Last minute requests for large numbers of nozzles to be shipped around the world through foreign customs by yesterday are all in a day's work for Stella! (So a bit more notice would often be much appreciated.) We value her work highly, and thank her for her dedicated service, on which we all depend, and which we will all be happy to acknowledge in our publications.

6th BioXFEL International Conference

Thank You for Your Attendance and Sponsorship of the 6th BioXFEL Conference 

We would like to thank you for your attendance of the 6th Annual Conference.  Specifically, we would like to thank our Program Chairs & Committee for putting together an excellent meeting as well as the speakers and session chairs who made it such a resounding success.  We’d also like to thank our vendors and sponsors:  Rayonix, Formulatrix, Molecular Dimensions/Anatrace, Rigaku, Art Robbins Instruments, Mitegen, hvPhotonics and Structural Dynamics for their contributions.  We are grateful for your continued support. 

We hope that you enjoyed the conference and will be able to attend next year for which we have already begun the planning process.  Please be on the lookout for a Save the Date for Spring 2019.

Conference Documents

6th BioXFEL International Conference Agenda & Abstracts

Poster Abstracts

2019 Spence Award

Dr. Eaton Lattman

Student Speaker Award

Jose Olmos (Rice University) 

Molecular Dimensions & Anatrace Poster Competition

Congratulations to our Poster Prize Winners Shuo Sui (UMass Amherst), Megan Shelby (LLNL), Thomas Gruhl (PSI - ETH Zürich), and Austin Echelmeier (ASU).  

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Frankuchen Award : ACA 2019

Ed Lattman is the recipient of the 2019 Isidor Fankuchen Award, an award that is given “to recognize contributions to crystallographic research by one who is known to be an effective teacher of crystallography.”

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Nominations for the 2019 Spence Award

The Spence award, named after its first recipient, Prof. John Spence, is awarded by BioXFEL and recognizes excellence in the area of XFEL science applied to biological problems. Nominations are made internally by BioXFEL members but the award can go to any person at any stage of their career. 

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BioXFEL Research Support Call for Proposals

Announcement of BioXFEL discretionary research support 

The NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology Center has funding intended to support research at US institutions. This support is for the application of X-ray lasers to structural biology in collaboration with the BioXFEL STC. The aim is to foster collaboration with the BioXFEL Center and respond to current research needs and new directions. Applications should have direct relevance to the BioXFEL mission. 

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