Scialog – Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation havenamed Banu Ozkan and Steve Presse, physics professors at Arizona State University, as outstanding Scialog fellows. Scialog invests high-risk and highly-impactful discovery research on untested ideas with the ultimate goal of providing fundamental principles that make a collection of molecules within a cell produce behaviors associated with life.
Douglas Shepherd, an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s Department of Physics, was recently awarded two Scialog Advanced Bioimaging awards that will fund two research projects using optics to visualize and quantify molecular biology in challenging settings.
Matthias Heyden awarded the ACS Cadence/Open Eye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
Dr. Matthias Heyden, Center for Biological Physics faculty member and Assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Science has been awarded the ACS Cadence/Open Eye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for Fall 2023. Dr. Heyden will be presenting "Unlocking the Secrets of Low-Frequency Molecular Vibrations" a the ACS Fall 2023 meeting.
In the newest issue of the journal Nature, a Career Feature
Arizona State University researchers Tushar Modi and Banu Ozkan of the Department of Physics, and Wade Van Horn and Mubark Mebrat, both of the School of Molecular Sciences, along with colleagues from other institutions, report on a breakthrough that improves understanding of the relationship between protein structure, dynamics and function. Their results have important implications for medical, biotechnological and molecular research.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) awarded Dr. Oliver Beckstein (Arizona State University, Center for Biological Physics) funding for work toward creating foundational open source software tools essential to biomedicine. Dr. Beckstein is lead on the MDAnalysis project, one of the most widely used libraries for the analysis of biomolecular simulations and structures, has established a mature core functionality that underpins analysis workflows in academia and industry.
BPS 2020 Art Contest Winner : Fiona Naughton
Fiona Naughton, post-doctoral scholar working with Dr. Oliver Beckstein, won first place in the Art of Science Image Contest at this year's annual BPS (BioPhysical Society) meeting with her illustration, “If Proteins Were Cats.” The Art of Science Image Contest is a feature every year, with approximately 10 finalists chosen to display their work in an open exhibit. Winners are determined by the vote of the conference attendees. “Often, the entries are more directly obtained in the course of research, and I was a bit worried people might find a cat sketch too silly or irrelevant — so I was happy to know that people had liked it and really excited to win first place!” Naughton said. “It was great to see the effort I'd put into it pay off.”
CBP Faculty member Professor Douglas Shepherd is the featured presenter for the August 24 Physics Colloqium
Thursday, August 24th Dr. Shepherd will give his talk on Exploring the 'Rules of Life' Through Optical Microscopy. Physics Colloquia is held in PSF 101 at 3:30-4:30pm.
CBP Faculty member Professor Oliver Beckstein is the featured presenter for the August 17 Physics Colloqium
The first Physics Colloquium of the Fall 2023 semester is scheduled for Thursday, August 17th. Dr. Oliver Beckstein will give his talk on From the Wiggling of Atoms to Fundamental Biological processes via Multiscale Modeling. Physics Colloquia is held in PSF 101 at 3:30-4:30pm.
New study brings medicine closer to non-addictive painkillers
Powerful opiate drugs are a mainstay in modern medicine, alleviating pain in both acute and chronic forms. These charms however, bear a curse. Users quickly develop tolerance to their effects, requiring ever-increasing doses of the drug. Further, such opioid compounds lead to drug dependence, owing to their notoriously addictive qualities.
Life in motion: ASU biophysics trains students in a young field
The biophysics program at Arizona State University mirrors the field itself in both its interdisciplinary breadth and its youth. Biology, under one historical name or another, dates back to the beginning of science, at least as far back as Aristotle’s work in physiology and his categorization of plant and animal species. Physics has an equally long history; coincidentally, Aristotle was also the first to call the study of motion “physics,” thereby giving the field the name that has lasted in English to modern times.