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CUNY Biophysics Symposium

The third annual gathering of the CUNY biophysics community, featuring talks from CUNY faculty, students, and postdocs.

This meeting gives the opportunity for faculty, postdocs, and students across the CUNY Biophysics community to share their recent research results and discuss future directions.




12:30 p.m.-12:40 p.m. Opening Remarks
Kevin Gardner, Ph.D. – Symposium Host/Moderator
Director, Structural Biology Initiative, ASRC
Einstein Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, The City College of New York

1st Session

12:40 p.m.-1:00 p.m. How can solvation aid the discovery and design of new pharmaceutical compounds targeting SARS-Cov-2?
Tom Kurtzman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lehman College
1:00 p.m.-1:10 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
1:10 p.m.-1:25 p.m. Monitoring reversible conformational changes of ARNT PAS-B by High-pressure NMR
Xingjian (Jim) Xu
Ph.D. Student, Kevin Gardner Lab, CUNY ASRC
1:25 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Quantifying the adsorption dynamics of monoclonal antibodies at the air/water interface
Ankit Kanthe
Ph.D. Student, Raymond Tu Lab, City College of New York
1:45 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
1:50 p.m.-2:10 p.m. Break

2nd Session

2:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Conductivity and selectivity in the Kv1.2 potassium channel: transition of the ion from the pore cavity to the selectivity filter
Michael E. Green, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Chemistry and Biochemistry, City College of New York
2:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
2:40 p.m.-2:55 p.m. Compete or coexist: understanding the formation of multi-phase bimolecular condensates
Rachel Fisher, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle Lab, CUNY ASRC
2:55 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Developing a supercharged protein sensor for in vivo detection of ovarian cancer biomarkers
Jim McCann, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Ron Koder Lab, City College New York
3:15 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
3:20 p.m.-3:40 p.m. Break

3rd Session

3:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Structural evidence for GPCR megacomplexes signaling from endosomes
Amedee des Georges, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, ASRC
Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, City College of New York
4:00 p.m.-4:10 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
4:10 p.m.-4:25 p.m. Studying allosteric networks with crystallography
Blake Riley, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Daniel Keedy Lab, CUNY ASRC
4:25 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Q&A/Discussion
4:30 p.m.-4:40 p.m. Closing Remarks
Kevin Gardner, Ph.D.


Note that Registration closes on Friday, May 15th at 10am.

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May 15, 2020
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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