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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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July

Dr. Helen Tempest will be honored as the recipient of the 2017 Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for her research in genetic basis for male infertility.

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Dr. Jun Li's research aims to identify additional new proteins and targets them with multiple small molecules to stop malaria transmission.

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By exploiting a brain tumor’s own biology, researchers at FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) are hoping to destroy glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer with no known cure.

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Dr. Miguel A. Villalona-Calero, BSI affiliated faculty member, has been named a Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Lifetime Achievement Honoree.

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Yaou Ren receives a 2017 Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society Student and New Investigator Travel Award.

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August

What’s the future of personal mosquito protection? It may a combination of making ourselves invisible and disguising through a life saving perfume. Mosquito neuroscientist Matthew DeGennaro explains how he is using genetics to find a life saving perfume

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BSI researcher, Dr. Fenfei Leng, is fighting antibiotic resistance, one of the most serious health problems in the US and also in the world, by developing novel high throughput screening assays to discover new types of antibiotics from the millions of compounds found in small molecule libraries.

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Two grants totaling more than $3.1 million are helping researchers at FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute wage war against Zika and malaria.

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This summer the NSF awarded a 3-year $650,000 grant to FIU investigator Laura Serbus, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute.

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September

Researchers at the Biomolecular Sciences Institute have been awarded over $1.7M from NIH to research that can lead to more effective ways to combat superbugs.

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Congratulations to BSI Members- Jessica Ramella-Roman, Arvind Agarwal, Chenzhong Li, and Jin He on driving healthcare innovations through the newly establised Engineering Research Center (ERCs)!

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Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh's research investigates the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases as the basis of discovery for antibacterial and anticancer drug leads from synthetic molecules and natural products. With her grant renewal she will continue to focus on understanding the structure, mechanism, interactions and regulation of bacterial topoisomerase I, a validated target for discovery of novel antibacterial compounds.

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October

Ph.D. students mentored by BSI faculty have been extraordinarily successful in their career pursuits and have entered very diverse career paths both within and beyond academia.

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Ms. Monica Rodriguez-Silva receives prestigious travel award to present research findings at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). Monica is a PH.D. candidate in Dr. Jeremy Chambers Lab for Mitochondrial Communication. Under his mentorship she studies how to characterize a variant of the mitochondrial scaffold Sab and she is interested in understanding how alternative splicing of Sab may be a means to regulate cellular responsiveness to mitochondrial health.

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Congratulations to all BSI faculty who were recognized at the 2017 FIU Inventor's Recognition Reception!

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Congratulations to the BSI faculty who were awarded at the 2017 Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony.

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CASE Awards honor our dedicated faculty for their exceptional work in research, teaching, service and engagement. Congratulations to all of our BSI faculty who were honored!

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November

Faculty and students from BSI attended the 103rd Annual Southeastern Branch American Society for Microbiology Meeting.

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Join the Department of Biomedical Engineering as they host Miami Heart Month in February of 2018. Each Friday of the month will feature an expert in applied cardiovascular biology.

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The Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) at Florida International University invites applications to fill a full-time tenure-track faculty position to support continued growth of its biophysics and biochemistry programs.

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The National Institutes of Health awarded BSI researchers nearly $2 million to study how targeting bacterial DNA can be used to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

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