A few weeks ago, Michigan Biophysics held its annual retreat at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The day's programming comprised of six presentations from various labs in the morning, followed by a trivia game conducted by the Graduate Student Council. There were also interactive activities, such as potted plant crafting, pressed flower bookmark making, and nature walks, run by the Matthaei Botanical Gardens staff. The day concluded with an engaging poster session.

The retreat offered an opportunity for biophysics students, postdocs, faculty and staff to share their research with each other. Moreover, it gave our Preview Student visitors a chance to interact and engage with our community.

Below is a list of the poster presentations provided during the event:

Name Affiliation Presentation Title
Anthony Vecchiarelli Vecchiarelli Lab Yes! Bacteria have organelles! How are they Organized?
Guoming Gao Walter Lab Heterogeneity in Condensates Regulates Intra-Condensate Diffusion of RNA Single Molecules
Nirupama Korada Auchus Lab Are 11-oxy Androgens substrates for Human Aromatase?
Patrick DeLear Sept Lab Tubulin C-terminal tails show distinct patterns of self-interaction
Marlis Denk-Lobnig Wood Lab Antibiotic resistance in spatially structured bacterial communities
Sean Fancher Horowitz Lab Compliance and pulsatility in fluid flow networks

Also, the titles of the posters from the students who presented their work in the poster session can be found below:

Name Poster Title
Adam Decker Dynamics and remodeling of membrane-proximal actin in live B cells
Christian Kelley Mechanisms of Chromosome Folding during Mitotic Exit
Chun-Yen Sung Investigating the impact of the mechanical forces on the segmentation clock in isolated pre-somitic mesoderm cells
Eilidh McClain Ultrafast Time-Resolved Spectroscopy Using Optical & X-ray Probes Elucidates the Structural & Electronic Evolution of Photoexcited Coenzyme B12
Elizabeth Tidwell High throughput screening of small molecule binding partners of the FMN riboswitch by a multidisciplinary approach
Emily Sumrall Design and Application of a Novel Single Molecule Method to Probe Intra-Condensate Heterogeneity
Franco Tavella Temperature modulates the period of in vitro cell cycle oscillations
Furyal Ahmed Uncovering an Allosteric Kinase Inhibitor Using FASTDock
Jesse Cisneros Solis Kinesin-Cargo Interactions Determine Cargo Transport Strategy
Jiameng Zong Structure and function of a Batten disease-associated lysosomal membrane protein
Liam Yourston Cell cycle precision is dependent on available free-energy
Lina Maria Peña Using de novo protein design to prove the mechanics and regulation of the Dam1 complex
Martin Fernandez Characterizing TDP-43/TMEM106B in FTLD/ALS in-situ by cryo-electron microscopy/tomography
Megan Westwood Investigation of the structure of pre-miR-122 and the features that impact Dicer processing efficiency
Minjun Jin Nuclear/Cytoplasmic ratios regulating the onset of Midblastula transition (MBT)
Nat Rogers Investigating Allosteric Regulation of Neurotransmitter Receptors by Membrane Domains.
Roman Alvarado Real-time Imaging of Gas Bubbles in the Spinal Cord of Live Rats During Decompression
Thanh Lai Do Molecular Dynamics Simulations Capture The Fast Timescale Motions of Proteins?
Yeonghoon Kim Machine learning-accelerated characterization of biological oscillators
Yihua Li Structural Study of Reverse Transcription Initiation
Yousef Bagheri The membrane phase transition facilitates the assembly of 2D condensates
Zhenyu Tan Autoinhibited kinesin-1 adopts a hierarchical folding pattern
Zhijian Hu Migration modulates resistance evolution under spatial drug heterogeneity