Congratulations to Dr. Chaoren Liu who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on March 3! Chaoren will take on a high-tech job in the Big Apple this spring.
Congratulations to our newest Ph.D., Dr. Yuqi (Gary) Zhang!! Gary will be moving to a post-doctoral positon at The Scripps Research Institute this winter.
Thanks to Dr. Tomasz Janowski for implementing a major expansion of our computer cluster, fall 2016!
Congratulations to Nick Polizzi, our summer 2016 Ph.D. graduate who has just begun a post-doc at UCSF!
Congratulations to our newest Ph.D. graduates, Drs. Chetan Rupakheti and Jiaxing Lin! Both successfully defended their theses in November. In January, Chetan will head to a post-doctoral position and Jiaxing will take up a staff position in Duke's Cancer Institute.
A description of our quantum dynamics Computable Document Format (CDF) notebooks for teaching key principles of quantum dynamics "with the dynamics" just appeared in J. Chem. Ed.: N.F. Polizzi and D.N. Beratan, “Open-access, interactive exploration for teaching and learning quantum dynamics,” J. Chem. Ed., ASAP (2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00662
Progress on our strategy to develop property-biased diverse molecular libraries is described in the new publication: C. Rupakheti, A.M. Virshup, W. Yang, D.N. Beratan, “A Strategy to Discover Diverse Optimal Molecules in the Small Molecule Universe," J. Chem. Inf. Model., 55, 529-537 (2015).
Progress on the charge transfer of branched DNA structures is described in our recent publication: Y. Zhang, R. Young, A. Thazhathveetil, A. Singh, C. Liu, Y, Berlin, F. Grozema, F.D. Lewis, M.A. Ratner, N. Renaud, K. Siriwong, A. Voityuk, M.R. Wasielewski, D.N. Beratan, “Conformationally Gated Charge Transfer in DNA Three-Way Junctions,” J. Chem. Phys. Lett., 6, 2434-2438 (2015).
A collaborative commentary article from our group and the Therien group just appeared in PNAS. It analyzes a new idea for deactivating potentially damaging oxidizing species in proteins: N.F. Polizzi, A. Migliore, M.J. Therien, and D.N. Beratan, “Defusing redox bombs?” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 112, 10821-10822 (2015).
Thousands of people were killed by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25. There is widespread devastation across Nepal, and people are awaiting much needed basic aid. The news articles below list local and international organizations that are soliciting donations for relief efforts: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/27/world/asia/where-to-donate-for-nepal.html?_r=0 and http://nepalitimes.com/page/nepal-earthquake-2015-relief
Our description of molecular sensing strategies based on quantum dynamics just appeared: PNAS 112, E2419-E2428 (2015).
Our 2015 review on charge transfer in dynamical biosystems appeared online in Accounts of Chemical Research and was designated an ACS "Editors' Choice." It is available for free download: Acc. Chem. Res., 48, 474-481 (2015).
Congratulations to Aaron Virshup who is taking a position at Autodesk Research on Monday October 13! We will miss you Aaron!