UVA Chemistry People Adam Borne

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Adam Borne has been awarded the 2018 Wagner Fellowship award. He is one of 14 students receiving the award this year.

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Professor Emeritus Lester Andrews has been honored with a Festschrift Virtual Special Issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A.


How does the Plasma Membrane Participate in Receptor-Mediated Cell Signaling?

How does the Plasma Membrane Participate in Receptor-Mediated Cell Signaling?

Professor Barbara Baird | Cornell University

Hosted by Professor Andreas Gahlmann

Cells are poised to respond to their physical environment and to chemical stimuli in terms of collective molecular interactions that are regulated in time and space by the plasma membrane and its connections with the cytoskeleton and intracellular structures. Small molecules may engage specific receptors to initiate a transmembrane signal, and the surrounding system efficiently rearranges to amplify this nanoscale interaction to microscale assemblies, yielding a cellular response that often reaches to longer length scales within the organism. A striking example of signal integration over multiple length scales is the allergic immune response. IgE receptors (FceRI) on mast cells are the gatekeepers of this response, and this system has proven to be a valuable model for investigating receptor-mediated cellular activation. My talk will describe our efforts with quantitative fluorescence microscopy and modeling to investigate the poised, “resting state” of the plasma membrane and how signaling, initiated by an external stimulus and mediated by specific receptors, is regulated and targeted within this milieu.

Friday, November 16, 2018


Professor Robbyn Anand | Iowa State University

Hosted by Nathan Swami
Friday, January 18, 2019


Professor Shannon Stahl | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hosted by Professor Charlie Machan
Friday, January 25, 2019

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