News and Announcements

June 2016: We welcome new faculty member, Lukasz Joachimiak, Ph.D., to the University and the program!

May 2016: The 25th annual Molecular Biophysics Research Symposium is held on May 6 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. We are very pleased to announce that Jonathan Ditlev, Postdoc in the lab of Dr. Michael Rosen; Lindsay Clark, student in the lab of Dr. Dan Rosenbaum; and Beth Geyer, student in the lab of Dr. Luke Rice were awarded with the Best Talk prizes. Claudio Morales-Perez, student in the lab of Dr. Ryan Hibbs; and Qian Cong, student in the lab of Dr. Nick Grishin, won the Best Poster Presentation awards! Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Welcome to our newest students! Jordan Baumhardt (lab of Dr. Yuh Min Chook); Whitney Costello (lab of Dr. Kendra Frederick); Amanda Goldner (lab of Dr. Konstantin Doubrovinski); and Thuy Nguyen (lab of Dr. Kimberly Reynolds) have officially joined our ranks, and we look forward to encouraging them in their accomplishments!

March 2016: Elisabeth (Beth) Geyer, a third-year student in the lab of Dr. Luke Rice, receives the Philanthropic and Educational Organization award! We are very proud of you, Beth!

Dr. Michael Reese is awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Congratulations, Dr. Reese!

January 2016: Congratulations to Lindsay Clark, a senior student mentored by Dr. Dan Rosenbaum, for being awarded an American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship!

November 2015: Brad Quade, a third-year student in the lab of Dr. Jose Rizo-Rey, has joined the ranks of our appointees to our National Institutes of Health Molecular Biophysics Predoctoral Training Program. Great job, Brad!

Richard Walsh, a third-year student in the lab of Dr. Ryan Hibbs, has been selected as the 2016 Sara and Frank McKnight Predoctoral Fellowship awardee. Way to go, Richard!

Fall 2015: Four new faculty have joined UT Southwestern and the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program: Daniela Nicastro, Ph.D.; Jan Erzberger, Ph.D.; Kendra Frederick, Ph.D.; and Milo Lin, Ph.D. Welcome to UT Southwestern and our program!

July 2015: Claudio Morales-Perez, a third-year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Ryan Hibbs, has been selected for the Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study Program of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Joyce Fung, a third year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Yuh Min Chook, has received the 2015 International Student Research Fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Congratulations to Joyce and Claudio on their impressive accomplishments

Summer 2015: Allyson Rice, first-year student in the lab of Dr. Michael Rosen, and Elisabeth (Beth) Geyer, second-year student in the lab of Dr. Luke Rice, are selected to receive the highly competitive National Research Foundation fellowships. Awesome work, Allyson and Beth!

May 2015: The 24th annual Molecular Biophysics Research Symposium is held on May 15 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  A great day with lots of wonderful and interesting talks and poster presentations! 

The Best Poster Presentation winners were Lindsay Clark (student, Rosenbaum Lab) and Rustam Ali (postdoc, Rosen Lab)- tied for first place, and Qian Cong (student, Grishin Lab) was awarded second place.  For Best Talk, Joyce Fung (student, Chook Lab) won first place, and Claudio Morales-Perez (student, Hibbs Lab) and Ganesh Kadamur (Ross Lab) tied for second place.  Great job, everyone!

Six new students join the Molecular Biophysics Program:  Katelyn Doxtader (Yunsun Nam Lab); Anant Gharpure (Ryan Hibbs Lab); Allyson Rice and Wenmin Xing (Michael Rosen Lab); Andrew Schober (Kimberly Reynolds Lab); Yusuf Tamer (Erdal Toprak Lab.)  A hearty welcome to our new students!

New faculty member, Mike Henne, joins the Molecular Biophysics Program. Mike is in the Cell Biology and Biophysics departments. He studies membrane sculpting proteins, and has previously worked on BAR domain-containing proteins in clathrin mediated endocytosis, as well as the ESCRT pathway in endosomal maturation. His lab is currently interested in how organelles communicate and re-shape each other at so-called inter-organelle Membrane Contact Sites. He is dissecting the molecular mechanisms governing Membrane Contact Site dynamics, and the roles of these sites in human health and disease.

April 2015: Allyson Rice (Michael Rosen Lab) is awarded a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowship. Congratulations, Allyson!

November 2014: Anna Lee (Ryan Potts Lab) is selected for the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant. Great work, Anna!

New faculty member, Erdal Toprak, joins UT Southwestern and the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program. Erdal holds a primary position in the Green Center for Systems Biology as an assistant professor and has a secondary appointment in Pharmacology. He is named as the Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholar in Biomedical Research. His lab studies the evolution of antibiotic resistance using systems biology methodologies and searches for novel antibiotic therapies that can slow down spread of resistance and increase efficacy of existing antibiotic drugs.

Michael Reese, new faculty member in Pharmacology, also joins the Molecular Biophysics Program. His lab studies the molecular outcomes of the evolutionary competition between pathogens and their hosts. In particular, they are interested in defining how host-pathogen competition can drive individual molecules' evolutionary trajectories, as well as in determining how pathogen-driven differences in host cellular signaling can drastically alter disease outcome.

September 2014: Ho Yee Joyce Fung is awarded the Croucher Foundation’s Croucher Scholarship for Doctoral Study. We are so proud of you, Joyce!

Eric Prinslow in Jose Rizo-Rey’s lab is awarded a slot on the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant.  Way to go, Eric!

June 2014: New faculty member, Kimberly Reynolds, joins the Molecular Biophysics Program. Kimberly is in the Green Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Biophysics. Her lab uses analysis of protein sequences and genomic data to define statistical rules  for the function of cellular systems. These models are then tested in the lab through forward evolution experiments and the design of new synthetic systems. The end goal is a quantitative, but simplified, model for predicting and rationally manipulating the behavior of cellular systems.

May 2014: Nine new students join the Molecular Biophysics Program: Elisabeth Geyer (Luke Rice’s lab); Alex Partin (Yunsun Nam’s lab); Eric Prinslow, Bradley Quade and Rashmi Voleti (Jose Rizo-Rey’s lab); Anthony Vega (Khuloud Jaqaman’s lab); Richard Walsh (Ryan Hibbs’ lab); and Jing Zhang (Nick Grishin’s lab).  We look forward to your exciting contributions!

April 2014: Elisabeth Geyer (Luke Rice’s lab) is awarded a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowship. Fantastic job, Beth!