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Abbas Ourmazd, UWM, publishes commentary on the meaning of 'structure' and its relevance to function in Nature Methods

 

 

Abbas Ourmazd, BioXFEL Member and Distinguished Professor of Physics at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an expert in algorithm development for single particle studies and other applications has published a commentary on structural biology in Nature Methods.   The article highlights how modern methods utilizing XFELs and Cryo-EM can be complementary to each other as well as traditional cyrstallography.  

"Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said, the limits of our language define the limits of our world.  If so, a key limit to our understanding of structural biology is this: what do we mean by ‘structure’?

We are interested in biomolecular structure, because it sheds light on biological function. But function involves changes in structure."

You can find the complete article HERE.

Nature Research and the Biodesign Institute to co-host fall conference on imaging molecular reactions

 

Nature Research and the Biodesign Institute to co-host fall conference on imaging molecular reactions

Some of the world’s most accomplished scientific minds will converge on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus on November 6, 7 and 8 to explore new methods that make it possible to observe molecules in action. Illustrating the adage, "seeing is believing," the conference, “Functional dynamics – visualizing molecules in action,” will showcase how cutting-edge methods are pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

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Taspase 1 in Space

Jose Martin Garcia, assistant research scientist at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, is leading a collaborative effort with NASA to study how protein crystals form in a microgravity environment. Jose studies Taspase 1, which is known for its role in human development as well as glioblastoma brain cancer, breast cancer and some forms of leukemia.

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Timothy Stachowski Wins Linus Pauling Poster Prize

Timothy Stachowski, a University at Buffalo Ph.D. candidate studying in the Snell Group at HWI, was awarded one of the Linus Pauling Poster Prizes at the 2019 American Crystallographic Association (ACA) meeting.

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European XFEL PhD Scholarship - La Trobe University

Two prestigious scholarships, established by La Trobe University in partnership with the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (EuXFEL), will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in ultra-fast X-ray imaging of biomolecules and materials. The EuXFEL facility is located in Schenefeld, in the metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany.

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Hao Hu - BioXFEL Beamline Scientist

After completing a Masters degree in Biomaterials at Sichuan University, China in 2013 and a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering at ASU in 2016, Hao Hu joined the Spence & Weierstall lab at ASU to develop microfluidics devices for sample delivery.

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