Biophysical Society announces winners of 2016 CPOW Travel Awards

December 22, 2015

The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its annual CPOW Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 60th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, February 27- March 2, 2016. CPOW, the Society's Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women, has initiated these travel fellowships to increase the number of women biophysicists and encourage their participation at the Meeting. The recipients of this competitive award must be female postdoctoral fellows or mid-career scientists presenting a poster or oral presentation at the conference. Each awardee receives a travel grant and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, February 27, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The 2016 recipients of the CPOW Travel Award, along with their affiliation and abstract title, are:

Jana Broecker, University of Toronto, Canada, ADVANCES IN IN SITU X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY OF MEMBRANE PROTEINS.

Nabanita Das, University of Colorado, Boulder, ACTIVATION OF TOLL-LIKE RECEPTOR 5 IMMUNE SIGNALING BY HMGB1.

Jemma Gatliff, Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom, REGULATION OF MITOCHONDRIAL SIGNALING AND QUALITY CONTROL BY THE 18KDA TRANSLOCATOR PROTEIN (TSPO).

Sonya Hanson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, DISSECTING THE CONTRIBUTION OF KINASE CONFORMATIONAL REORGANIZATION ENERGIES TO INHIBITOR SELECTIVITY.

Whasil Lee, Duke University, INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINE IL-1α UP-REGULATES PIEZO1 AND HYPER-SENSITIZES CHONDROCYTES TO COMPRESSION.

Sherry Leung, Simon Fraser University, Canada, DEVELOPMENT OF LIPID-BASED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR GENE THERAPY: PHYSICOCHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF CHARGED LIPID INTERACTIONS.

Sabine Lotteau, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, SIMVASTATIN HAS PROFOUND EFFECTS ON SARCOPLASMIC RETICULUM CA2+ LEAK IN SKELETAL BUT NOT CARDIAC MUSCLE: A MECHANISM FOR MYOPATHY.

Ana Melo, University of Pennsylvania, DETERMINING A TOPOLOGICAL MODEL FOR TAU BOUND TO TUBULIN HETERODIMERS.

Rebecca Moen, Minnesota State University, Mankato, DETECTING STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN MYOSIN USING BIFUNCTIONAL SPIN LABELS.

Eri Nakatani-Webster, University of Washington, ILL-POSED? NOT A PROBLEM: INFERRING MECHANISMS OF ACTION FROM AMYLOID FORMATION KINETICS USING APPROXIMATE BAYESIAN COMPUTATION.

Gaelle Robin, University of California, Davis, FRAGILE X~ASSOCIATED TREMOR~ATAXIA SYNDROME: LINKING CA2+ DYSREGULATION AND DNA DAMAGE RESPONSES.

Verena Ruprecht, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria, ACTOMYOSIN NETWORK CONTRACTILITY TRIGGERS A STOCHASTIC TRANSFORMATION INTO HIGHLY MOTILE AMOEBOID CELLS.

Monica Sala-Rabanal, Washington University School of Medicine, SECRETED HUMAN CLCA1 ACTIVATES CALCIUM-DEPENDENT CHLORIDE CURRENTS THROUGH DIRECT BINDING OF ITS VWA DOMAIN WITH AN EXTRACELLULAR LOOP OF TMEM16A/ANOCTAMIN 1.

Adelene Sim, Bioinformatics Institute, A*Star, Singapore, MODELING PROTEIN-RNA COMPLEXES.

Jinfeng Teng, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, A LIPID-EXPOSED RESIDUE AT THE START OF S4-S5 LINKER CONTROLS TRPV4 GATING.

Sonia Troeira Henriques, University of Queensland, Australia, STRUCTURE-ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP STUDIES REVEAL THAT THE SPIDER TOXIN PROTX-II HAS UNUSUAL MEMBRANE-BINDING PROPERTIES AND INHIBITS NAV1.7 CHANNEL AT THE MEMBRANE SURFACE.

Xiaohua Zhang, Cardiac Signaling Center of University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, and Clemson University, NEW TARGETED Ca2+ PROBES REVEAL MITOCHONDRIAL CA2+ SIGNALING PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN RAT SINOATRIAL (SA) NODAL PACING.
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The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. For more information on these awards, the Society, or the 2016 Annual Meeting, visit http://www.biophysics.org.

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