2017 Commencement at BU!

May 24th, 2017

Here are the graduates and faculty of the Physiology & Biophysics Department as photographed by David L. Keough:



Congratulations to Educators of the Year in GMS; Chris Gabel and Aaron Young!

April 28th, 2017

Congratulations to two professors from the Physiology & Biophysics for being awarded Educator of the Year in Graduate Medical Sciences honors; Chris Gabel (Doctoral Degree program) and Aaron Young (Masters Degree Program).

Congratulations to Jie Yang, Daniel Taub and Nicholas Frame!

April 28th, 2017

Congratulations to 2017 Henry I. RUSSEK Students’ Achievement Day Award Winners from Physiology & Biophysics:

1st place – Jie Yang (Bullitt lab)

2nd place – Daniel Taub (Gabel lab)

3rd place – Nicholas Frame (Gursky lab)

Congratulations To Jie Yang!

March 30th, 2017

Congratulations To Jie Yang for receiving a Student Scholar Award from the Microscopy Society of America!

Her research will be presented at the 75th Anniversary meeting of the society: Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017 in St Louis, August 2017

Newly published research on Zika virus

March 30th, 2017

Zika virus causes dramatic changes in infected cell architecture
. Mammalian cells infected with Zika virus produce bubble-like structures (blue spherules) pushing into the endoplasmic reticulum (yellow/orange/brown) that are topologically still connected to the cell cytoplasm (arrows in D4, which is a rotated view from the model shown in D3). This provides a protected area for replication of the virus genome, that hides its presence from the infected cell while still allowing necessary components to enter (e.g. nucleotides) and exit (completed genomes for packaging into new virions). Representative virions are labeled in red, and empty spherules (containing none of the thread-like contents expected to be RNA) in green. Scale bars are 100 nm. Images are electron tomographic slices from high-pressure-frozen, freeze-substituted samples. For more detail, please see:

Zika Virus Induced Cellular Remodeling


By Evan D. Rossignol, Kristen N. Peters, John H Connor, and Esther Bullitt, all of BUSM.
Cellular Microbiology 2017 Mar 20. doi: 10.1111/cmi.12740. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28318141

Departmental “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Party photos!

September 8th, 2016


Congratulations to Mehraj and Nick!

June 7th, 2016

Congratulations to our PhD students, Mehraj Awal and Nick Frame, who
successfully passed their qualifying exams in June 2016!

Nick Frame has his first paper in press!

February 29th, 2016

Structure of Serum Amyloid A Suggests a Mechanism for Selective
Lipoprotein Binding and Functions: SAA as a Hub in Macromolecular
Interaction Networks” by Nicholas Frame and Olga Gursky has been accepted
for publication in FEBS Letters.

A new podcast from PhD candidate Daniel Taub!

February 9th, 2016

A new podcast from PhD candidate Dan Taub, discusses what we learn from model systems. Listen to him tell us about yeast and frogs – more to come.

Here’s the link to the podcast.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics welcomes two new faculty: Michael Rynkiewicz and Clint Makino!

January 27th, 2016

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