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Molecular Biophysics

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The MolBioPhys group provides an informal environment for the discussion of molecular biophysics research, techniques, reagents and data analysis. We meet the third Friday of each month from 4-5:30pm during the academic semesters. The group is co-organized by Josh Ziarek ( and Megan Thielges (

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Spring 2022 Seminars


Jan 21,2022

Prof John Straub
Boston University
"Curious orientational dependence of a modified cholesterol in lipid-dressed nanoparticles and lipid bilayers"

Feb 18, 2022

Prof Maria Mills
Univ. Missouri
"Magnetic tweezers measurements of DNA-protein"


Mar 18,2022

Prof Tai-Yen Chen
Univ. Houston
"Single molecule fluorescence"

April 22, 2022

Prof Jessica Anna
Univ. Penn
"2D electronic spectroscopy"


Previous Seminars


Fall 2021 Seminars

Dec 17, 2021

Dr. Philip Anfinrud
"Ultrafast time-resolved laser spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction"
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Nov 19,2021

Prof Che-Yen “Joe" Wang
Penn State
"Cryo-EM virus lab"
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Oct 15, 2021

Prof Anja Böckmann
CNRS, Université de Lyon
"Solid-state NMR of virus-capsid proteins"
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Sept 17,2021

Prof Kalina Hristova
Johns Hopkins University
"Biomaterials and the structure and physics of biomembranes"



Spring 2021 Seminars

May 21, 2021

Prof Wenjing Wang
University of Michigan
"Expanding the optogenetics toolbox with protein engineering"
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April 16, 2021

Prof Andrew Lee
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
"Strategies for studying allosteric detail in protein homodimers from NMR"
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March 19, 2021

Prof Sarah Veatch
University of Michigan
"Understanding how the physical properties of lipids influence cellular function at the plasma membrane"
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February 19, 2021

Mi Zhang
Jacobson group, IU Chemistry


January 22, 2021

Prof Roberto Galletto
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Washington University in St. Louis
“Pif1 helicases and DNA replication through barriers”
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Fall 2020 Seminars

December 18, 2020

Liam Scott
Dragnea Lab, IU Chemistry
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December 3, 2020

Prof Hari Arthanari
Harvard Med
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October 16, 2020

Prof Jean Chung
Colorado State
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September 20, 2020

Dr. Evan O'Brien
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