IMB and MOB–In the News

Grad made good!! Dr. Dylan Murray has been awarded a PRAT fellowship through NIH, and will continue his work with Dr. Robert Tycko at the NIH  National Institute of Diabetes and Murray-cropDigestive and Kidney Diseases.  Only 9 new fellowships were awarded this year. Dylan graduated from the MOB program in 2014 from the lab of Dr. Tim Cross. to Austin Schwartz! He has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from NIH.  Austin is a 4th year MOB student in the lab of Dr. Debi Fadool.
Hu-Zhongjun-crop2-150x150Congratulations to Martin Tsui and Zhongjun Hu! They have been awarded  American Heart Association Fellowships. Martin is a 3rd year MOB student in the lab of Dr. Hong Li.Tsui-crop21
Zhongjun is a 3rd year MOB student in the lab of Dr. Ken Taylor.
Zhang, ZhihuiZhihui Zhang was awarded a $650 travel grant from the Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics, and $500 from the Ermine Owenby Travel Award. She will present research at a conference in May. Zhihui is a 4th year MOB student in the lab of Dr. Oliver Steinbock.
Wright, AnnaCongratulations to MOB student, Anna Kozlova Wright, for winning a Dissertation Research Grant from the FSU Graduate School for the Spring 2015 semester. Anna is a 5th year student in the lab of Dr. Tim Cross.
Hariri coverA Fall 2014 graduate of the MOB Program, Dr. Hanaa Hariri is first author on this publication in the Journal of Molecular Biology: The magazine cover art reflects her work, created with help of Alice Grischencko, a student in the FSU Arts Department. Dr. Hariri was a student in Dr. Scott Stagg’s Lab.
Kudos to the labs of Dr. Hank Bass and Dr. Beth Stroupe, Molecular Biophysics and Biological Science faculty members, on this groundbreaking research. MOB student, Mykhailo Kopylov, is also co-author on the paper.Maize cover“The research has identified DNA elements in maize that could affect the expression of hundreds or thousands of genes.Researchers found 150,000 sequence motifs that could theoretically adopt the G4 DNA structure, and they were distributed all over the chromosomes. Further examination showed that they were present in very specific places, as opposed to a random distribution.Given the strategic placement, the G4 is likely to perform some sort of function. Preliminary work showed that many of the genes identified were implicated in responses to energy crises within plant cells.”
P1030557 - Copy MOB student Ryan Riskowski, one of ten students selected to compete in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, is in the lab of Dr. Geoffrey Strouse.
  • crystal-gryphon-systemOne of the bottlenecks in the three dimensional structure determination using X-Ray Crystallography is the crystallization of macromolecules and their complexes. Robotic liquid handlers reduce this barrier to crystallization by sampling multiple conditions quickly and precisely while reducing the amount of sample required. Drs Hong Li, M. Elizabeth Stroupe, Michael Blaber, Daniel Kaplan, Brian Miller, and Thayumanasamy Somasundaram have been awarded $49,000 during the Round 18 of Equipment and Infrastructure Enhancement Grant from the Office of Research to acquire an ARI Crystal Gryphon Robot. This equipment is available to everyone on the campus. For more details please visit
Austin Schwartz Neuro Award - CopyThe Bryan Robinson Memorial Endowment for the Neurosciences of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation awards grants up to $1500 to FSU and UF graduate students for their research in the Neurosciences or fields that are related to Neurology or Neurosurgery. MOB student Austin Schwartz won a $1500 grant for his proposed work titled, “Magnetic Targeting to the Olfactory Bulb as a Modulator of Metabolism”. He is a student in the lab of Dr. Debra Fadool.Pictured left to right: Genevieve Bell, Austin Schwartz, Dolly al Koborossy and Zhenbo Huang, all members of the Fadool lab.
CMundoma_200x250Mundoma at PittconDr. Claudius Mundoma has been awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship by the Carnegie Corp. of New York to collaborate with the University of Johannesburg to develop integrated core facilities. He will travel to South Africa in July, 2014 and hopes to be able to continue the project to help other universities in Africa achieve similar goals. Dr. Mundoma is the director of the Physical Biochemistry Core Facility in the Institute of Molecular Biophysics. He also recently received a grant award to attend the 2014 Pittcon Conference in Chicago. Pittcon is the world’s largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science. It is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation which is comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).
P1070100 MOB Academic Coordinator Lyn Kittle was named the “2014 FSU Exemplary Employee of the Year for Student Services.”   The Academic Affairs Awards Program promotes formal recognition for meritorious service exhibited by employees. The nominations come from employees, students and colleagues and the winner is chosen by a committee comprised of past award winners. The award carries a $500 stipend.
Stroup 2013 - CopyThe Undergraduate Research Mentor Award was established  to recognize faculty commitment to undergraduate research. The award, which includes a $2,000 stipend, was funded by the FSU Student Foundation. One award was given this year and was reserved for a faculty member participating in our Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Congratulations to Dr. Beth Stroupe for winning the 2014 award.  Faculty must first be nominated by their student researchers in order to submit materials for consideration by the faculty selection committee.“We are extremely grateful to the FSU Student Foundation for sponsoring this award to celebrate the outstanding research-mentoring occurring on our campus,” said Joe O’Shea, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “Despite so many demands on faculty members, they still take the time to involve undergraduates through research. We hope this recognition rewards faculty members for their dedication and encourages others to invest in undergraduate research.”
Liam Lobbying - CopyMOB Student Liam Longo participated in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2014 Hill Day to advocate for increased NIH and NSF funding.
Pennington, JosephCongratulations to MOB student Joseph Pennington!
Joe is a first year MOB student in Dr. Beth Stroupe’s lab. He has been awarded the Wilson-Auzenne Fellowship for 2014-15 funded by the FSU Graduate School
Hariri, HanaaThe American Society for Cell Biology Post  has named this article by MOB student Hanaa Hariri as one
of the top five articles of 2013.  “Can Women in Science Live Happily Ever After?”Hanaa is a 5th year student in the lab of Dr. Scott Stagg.
Longo, Liam.Congratulations to MOB student Liam Longo!
Liam has just been awarded the $750 Disseration Research Grant funded by the Graduate School, COGS, the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research. This competitive award is intended to assist students with research needed to complete their dissertation and winners are selected by a faculty committee. Liam is a 5th year doctoral student working in the lab of Dr. Michael Blaber.
MiklosCongratulations to Dr. Andrew Miklos for his winning poster at the 2013 FSU Postdoc Symposium.
Dr. Miklos works with Dr. HX Zhou’s group.
198px-MichaelKashaIn Memorium
We are sad to report the  recent death of Dr. Michael Kasha. He was born on Dec. 6, 1920 and died on June 12, 2013 at the age of 92.  His influence and importance continues, both around the world and at Florida State University. The Institute of Molecular Biophysics honored him by naming the building the Kasha Laboratory Building. The Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program has also named a prestigious graduate student award in his honor. More information about Dr. Kasha’s distinguished career and his many interests is available here.
P1040542 - Copy (2)Regina Ware, IMB Office Manager2013 Winner of the FSU Exemplary Service Award
and Finalist for the 2013 Gabor Superior Accomplishment Award
Longo-crop1Dr. Michael Blaber (MOB / College of Medicine)Liam Longo (MOB Graduate Student)Professor Michael Blaber and his team, including MOB student Liam Longo, produced data supporting the idea that 10 amino acids believed to exist on Earth around 4 billion years ago were capable of forming foldable proteins in a high-salt (halophile) environment. Such proteins would have been capable of providing metabolic activity for the first living organisms to emerge on the planet between 3.5 and 3.9 billion years ago.  Read more
MarshallA - CopyDr. Alan Marshall (MOB / Chemistry) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.Prof. Alan Marshall, Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-IRC) program, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Dr. Marshall is world-renowned for his pioneering work in co-inventing and developing Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry — a revolutionary chemical analysis technique.
This recognition adds to Dr. Marshall’s already long list of accomplishments which include the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor award, Kasha Professor of Chemistry, Distinguished Research Professor, Florida ACS Award, ACS New York Section Nichols Medal, and many others.
We congratulate Prof. Marshall on the honor of becoming an AAAS Fellow!
dfadoolGeoffreyStrouseDr. Debra Fadool (MOB / Biological Science)Dr. Geoffrey Strouse (MOB / Chemistry & Biochemistry)Winners of 2013 FSU Graduate Faculty Mentor Awards–Honoring faculty mentors whose dedication to graduate students and mentoring have made a significant contribution to the quality of life and professional development of graduate students. The honor comes with $3,000.
Yang, WeiDr. Wei Yang (MOB / Chemistry & Biochemistry)Winner of 2013 FSU Developing Scholar Award
Developing Scholars are mid-career associate professors who have been singled out by their peers for recognition. Each receives a $10,000 award to be used in their research program, following specific guidelines, along with a framed certificate.
2013 Biological Science and MOB Faculty Retirees –
Tom Roberts (left) and Ken Roux (right)