The School of Molecular Sciences continues to expand and prosper this year with the addition of three new faculty and exciting developments in many of our research laboratories. Po Lin Chiu has joined SMS as an assistant professor. He is an expert in cryoelectron microscopy, imaging the molecular details of cell membranes at resolutions never before possible. Yuval Mazor also has joined our faculty as an assistant professor and will be exploring the details of protein structures and functions in membranes involved in the biological harvesting of light energy during photosynthesis. Steve Presse will be a joint associate professor between Physics and SMS. He is exploring the way in which enzymes and cells use energy and facilitate motion.
A sampling of some of our other SMS faculty's recent discoveries include that recently published in Science Advances by Wade Van Horn's group characterizing protein complexes connected to cystic fibrosis and then two JACS spotlights from the groups of Dmitry Matyushov and Austen Angell. Dmitry and coauthors Tom and Anna Moore and Devens Gust earned this accolade for the "Cleanest Confirmation of Marcus Law" while Austen's was entitled "Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Porous MOF-Based Glass", a collaboration with Omar Yaghi at UC Berkeley. We also have several recent large grant awards: one to Kevin Redding for his $1.14M success with DOE for study of a Type I photosynthetic reaction center and a couple for Julian Chen – A NIH ($1.3M) award to study the molecular mechanism of telomerase action and a NSF grant supporting the evolutionary study of telomerase enzymes.
Finally, I would like to invite all of you to attend the 50th public Eyring lecture on November 3rd featuring Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech. Professor Cech will present: "The Long Road to Personalized Medicine: How Mutations Activate an "Immortality Gene" and Help Drive Cancer", We hope you will join us for a fascinating evening.
With best regards,
Professor and Director, School of Molecular Sciences