Madhurima Das is the first co-author in a featured publication in the Journal of Molecular Biology!

January 25th, 2016

Madhurima Das, Christopher J. Wilson, Xiaohu Mei, Thomas E. Wales, John R.
Engen, and Olga Gursky, Structural Stability and Local Dynamics in Disease-Causing Mutants of
Human Apolipoprotein A-I: What Makes the Protein Amyloidogenic?

The JMB scientific editor writes:” For your featured article, normally we
would have a commentary, but since the editor liked the paper so much he
recommended we commission a full scale review to be associated with your
paper… It is a bit unusual, but I hope you will enjoy reading it.”

New review article published on cellular membrane and lipid changes that occur upon infection with poliovirus by Jie E. Yang, Evan D. Rossignol, Esther Bullitt

October 13th, 2015

The Role of Electron Microscopy in Studying the Continuum of Changes in Membranous Structures during Poliovirus Infection

Viruses 20157(10), 5305-5318; doi:10.3390/v7102874 (registering DOI)

Poliovirus infection results in the proliferation of membranous vesicles. The structure and function of these vesicles vary spatially and temporally throughout the viral replication cycle.


Former PhD student and now doctor Lorenzo Finci in a spotlight in Cell: “The emerging postdoc culture in China”.

July 8th, 2015

The Emerging Postdoc Culture in China

In summer 2015, Lorenzo Finci accepted his next postdoctoral position at a
top school in China. He will learn single particle cryo-electron
microscopy in the lab of Yigong Shi, the Dean of the School of Life
Sciences at Tsinghua University.

Grad Student Melyorise Sepulveda-Chervony walks at BU Graduation!

May 19th, 2015

Student Melyorise Sepulveda-Chervony is shown below with her research adviser, Prof. Jamie McKnight after attending graduation.



Grad Student Nathan Meyers successfully defends his Ph.D. Thesis!

May 19th, 2015

Nathan Meyers cuts a piece of celebratory cake after successfully defending his Ph.D. Theis seminar entiled “Interfacial Properties of the Apolipoprotein Cs: Implications for the Regulation of Lipoprotein Metabolism and Atherosclerosis”




Two faculty members in Physiology & Biophysics receive 2015 Educator of the Year Awards!!

May 11th, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Judith D. Saide on her 2015 Educator of the Year
Award in Pre-clinical Sciences!

Congratulations to Dr. C. James McKnight on his Educator of the Year Award in
Graduate Medical Sciences Doctoral Degree Programs!


Prof. Esther Bullitt and Dr. Chelsea Epler featured in BU Today Article

April 28th, 2015

In it’s 4-part series, “Making Research Work”, BU Today turns to investigators Esther Bullit and Chelsea Epler in their article Too Many Postdocs, Too Little Funding to discuss alternatives to academic careers for post-doctoral researchers.  Please click on the link below for the full article.

Too Many Postdocs, Too Little Funding

Congratulations to the H. I. Russek Students Achievement Day Award Winners!

April 28th, 2015

The H. I. Russek Students Achievement Day committee has selected the 2015 award winners. As always, we were guided by demonstrated excellence in academics, research, and citizenship in the lab, department, GMS and beyond. This year’s competition was particularly tight. All applicants have a strong academic record, two or more publications resulting from their PhD research, and are active in teaching, peer mentoring and students’ life in GMS and beyond.

The committee’s unanimous vote for our 2015 Award Winners was:

1st place – Madhurima Das (Gursky lab)

2nd place – Andrew Bogorad (Matintchev lab)

3rd place – Justin Berry (Cornwell lab)

Congratulations to Prof. Andy Zoeller!

March 19th, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Zoeller who has recently received an NIH RO1 grant to identify small molecule inhibitors of animal cell phospholipid biosynthesis for investigation as broad spectrum antiviral agents.

Congratulations to Madhurima Das!

March 2nd, 2015

Congratulations to Madhurima Das, a PhD Candidate from the Gursky lab, whose research with colleagues has been featured as an Invited Commentary on the Website of the International Atherosclerosis Society!  Full text available on line on line after login at the society website under E-literature / February 2015 / Featured Commentaries at

The commentary is based on the original article:

Das M., Jayaraman S., Mei X., Atkinson D., Gursky O. (2014) Amyloidogenic mutations in human apolipo-protein A-I are not necessarily destabilizing: A common mechanism of apoA-I misfolding in familial amyloid-osis and atherosclerosis. FEBS J. 281(11):2525-2542 (featured on the front cover of FEBS Journal).

This research also earned Madhurima Das Best Poster Award at the Gordon Research Conference on Biopolymers in June 2014.

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