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Colin Wins Poster Award at Nucleic Acids Conference

Colin Gaines was one of the award recipients during the Gala and Poster Awards Ceremony at the 6th Nucleic Acids Conference in the Bahamas. His poster utilized Augmented Reality to display some of his most recent work with ribozymes.

York Group at the Nucleic Acids Conference!

Graduate students Colin, Ken, and Emily and post-doc Solen accompanied Professor York to the 6th Nucleic Acids Conference in the Bahamas, hosted by Fusion. Solen gave a fascinating talk on her latest work with DNAzyme, while Colin, Ken, and Emily presented their latest work on their ribozymes.

George's JACS paper on Molecular Solvation Theory is now available!

George Giambasu's paper, "Predicting Site-Binding Modes of Ions and Water to Nucleic Acids Using Molecular Solvation Theory," has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and is now available on our Publications page as well as through the JACS website.

Emily Wins Rieman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Fourth year graduate student Emily L. Atieh was awarded the Rieman Award for Excellence in Teaching during the Rutgers Graduate Student Awards Ceremony. The Rieman Award recognizes exceptional performance in undergraduate teaching, which Emily has demonstrated in running both the Certificate in Chemistry Education program and a Teaching Internship in Chemistry, in addition to her contributions to the implementation of Active Learning recitations in General Chemistry.

Ken Selected to Receive BASF Corporation Catalysts Division Fellowship

Graduate student Ken Kostenbader was selected as the BASF Corporation Catalysts Division Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year in recognition of his strong academic record, honors, awards, outreach, and other meritorious credentials. Working with the York Group, Ken is engaged in the development of computational methods and molecular simulation tools to study the principles of biocatalysis, with the long-term goal of enabling computational enzyme design for industrially relevant chemical conversions.

Abir Ganguly wins Best Poster at the Rutgers Postdoctoral Symposium!

Abir highlighted his research at the 9th Annual Rutgers Postdoc Symposium, winning "Best Poster" for his presentation titled "Catalysis in Varkud Satellite Ribozyme." It focused on investigating the dynamical structure and catalytic mechanism of the Varkud satellite ribozyme, a catalytic RNA which happens to be by far the largest of the nucleolytic ribozyme. Augmented reality was used to visualize the tertiary structure of the ribozyme and its active site during various stages of the catalytic reaction.

York Group Takes Retreat in Florida Following ACS Meeting

After the intense activity of the New Orleans ACS meeting, the York group had a retreat to North Florida, near Gainesville, the homes of UFL collaborators Adrian Roitberg and Michael Harris who joined in discussions. As a result, the York lab has initiated new collaborative projects that will be ongoing and require more regular meetings. The retreat itself combined discussions, brainstorming sessions, and team-building activities (AGENDA). The outcome is that the group has developed a strategic plan with specific goals and set milestones for the upcoming year.

LBSR Makes a Big Impact at the 255th ACS Meeting in New Orleans

The Laboratory for Biomolecular Simulation Research made a big impact at the recent 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, LA (Mar. 18-22, 2018).

New GPU-accelerated free energy method in JCTC

Timothy Giese and Darrin York have published a new paper that reports a GPU-Accelerated Parameter Interpolation Thermodynamic Integration Free Energy Method in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. The method has the practical advantage that no modification of the main MD code is required to propagate the dynamics, enabling all the performance benefits of GPU-acceleration to be realized, in addition to unlocking the full spectrum of features available within the MD software, such as Hamiltonian replica exchange (HREM).

Colin wins Reid Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Doctoral Research

Graduate student Colin Gaines was selected among three other graduate students in the Rutgers Chemistry Department to receive the distinguished Reid Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Doctoral Research. This award included a talk by Colin, titled "Computational RNA Enzymology: Unraveling the Catalytic Mechanism of the Twister Ribozyme. "

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