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January

Students from Mater Academy Middle School visited the Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) and other biology and chemistry labs at FIU.

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Biologist Matthew DeGennaro, a researcher in the FIU Biomolecular Sciences Institute, is leading the FIU research team within the newly formed Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease.

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Congratulations to Alexandra Rodzinski, and her mentors, BSI professors Drs. Sakhrat Khizroev, Alexander Agoulnik, and Jeremy Chambers on this milestone accomplishment!

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February

Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh has been appointed to serve on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Partnerships for Countermeasures Against Select Pathogens Therapeutics, Immunotherapeutics, and Vaccines review panel.

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This award gives scientists from the College of Arts, Sciences & Education the ability to focus on projects that will halt or reduce the transmission and impact of Zika. The Biomolecular Sciences Institute will receive $1.4M from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health to research the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses, and will be led by Dr. Matthew DeGennaro.

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The Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) has received funding from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health to combat the Zika virus.

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Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and founding member of BSI is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award for his proposal "Development of gas-phase, post-ionization structural tools for the study of DNA-protein complexes". This prestigious award supports early-career faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching, research and the integration of education and research to advance the mission of their organization.

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March

Congratulations to Haixiang Yu, student in the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program, for winning the UGS Provost Award for Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript in STEM.

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During a weeklong science celebration event, 100+ graduate students had the opportunity to showcase their research projects during the FIU scholarly forum. Join me in congratulating the ELEVEN winners in the oral and poster categories of the FIU Scholarly Forum mentored by BSI faculty.

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During the 2016's TEDxFIU Dr. Matthew DeGennaro spoke about his research to fight Zika. Click on the link above to watch his talk.

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April

FIU undergraduate and graduate students recognized for their outstanding contributions to research at the Annual FIU Biomedical and Comparative Immunology (BCI) Symposium

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FIU physicists Prem Chapagain, Bernard Gerstman and recent Worlds Ahead Graduate Jeevan GC focus on the molecular biophysics of a new class of proteins known as “Transformer” proteins

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Dr. Jun Li recently joined FIU after being selected from 240 applicants in an open search of new faculty for the Biomolecular Sciences Institute. Li’s research aims to find and block target genes that are essential for transmission of pathogens in mosquitoes.

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May

At the 2017 Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME), BSI Researcher, Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima was one of the three Emerging Young Investigators of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that was highlighted for his early independent work, which is quickly gaining recognition in his field.

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Worlds Ahead Biochemistry Ph.D. graduate Jill Beaver has been awarded an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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BSI faculty mentored students Alexander Bolufer and Anthony Castellanos from Dr Francisco Fernandez-Lima research group obtained the Second place for Poster presentations during the FAME 2017 meeting, held in Tarpon Springs, FL.

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FIU physicists Prem Chapagain, Bernard Gerstman and recent Worlds Ahead Graduate Jeevan GC focus on the molecular biophysics of a new class of proteins known as “Transformer” proteins. While using the latest techniques in statistical physics and computational molecular dynamics to study this recently identified class of proteins, they realized that the deadly Ebola virus depends on a Transformer Protein to function.

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Jeevan GC and Brian Ho, mentored by BSI faculty, are recognized as Worlds Ahead Graduates during the Spring 2017 commencement ceremony. Congratulations, you are truly, Worlds Ahead!

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Ms. Iru Paudel, graduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program and her mentor, Dr. Jeremy Chambers, will both present research findings at the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) Mitochondrial Medicine 2017 Symposium.

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June

Graduate student Shayna Sandhaus from Professor Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh's lab was recognized for her outstanding academic achievement at this year’s CASE Student Award Ceremony.

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