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On-the-fly Crystal: How to reliably and automatically characterize and construct potential energy surfaces Time-resolved live-cell spectroscopy reveals EphA2 multimeric assembly
Spin-dependent reactivity and spin-flipping dynamics in oxygen atom scattering from graphite
Quantitative analysis of biopolymers in lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks via laser-assisted micro-pyrolysis flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow high-resolution ambient mass spectrometry
Lipid environment determines the drug-stimulated ATPase activity of P-glycoprotein
HIV-1 Vpu protein forms stable oligomers in aqueous solution via its transmembrane domain self-association
Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Dr. Elka Georgieva organized a workshop, “Designing and conducting multidisciplinary studies on membrane protein structure and folding” at DiscoverBMB 2024 (the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in San Antonio, TX. During the workshop at DiscoverBMB 2024, Dr. Elka Georgieva delivered a talk on her multidisciplinary studies of membrane proteins.
  • At DiscoverBMB 2024, Olamide Ishola, a graduate student in the Georgieva lab, presented a poster Production and reconstitution in lipid nanoparticles of an engineered chimera construct of the Mtb EfpA drug exporter with apolipoprotein by Olamide Ishola#, Adeyemi Ogunbowale#, Md Majharul Islam, Elaheh Hadadianpour, Saman Majeed, Oluwatosin Adetuyi, Elka R. Georgieva*.
  • Prof. Jorge A. Morales presented the lecture “Electron nuclear dynamics in the age of ion cancer therapy, machine learning and quantum computing” at the 63rd Sanibel Symposium, Saint Augustine, Florida, February 29, 2024, and at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 20, 2024.
  • Mr. Debojyoti Das, a student of the Morales group, presented the lecture “Pioneering Machine Learning/Electron Nuclear Dynamics Simulations of Ion Cancer Therapy Reactions” at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18, 2024.
  • Dr. Raheleh Ravanfar presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA, entitled “Tyrosine/tryptophan chains protect flavocytochrome P450 against oxidative damage”.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Halogenated Salophen Ligands and Uranyl Complexes” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the undergraduate poster session March 18.
  • Xiaoyu Huo - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Cu(II)- Quinoxolinol complexes for catalytic oxidation of benzylic and heterocyclic alcohols” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the Division of Organic chemistry poster session March 19.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Salophen Uranyl Complexes: The effects of electron-donating and withdrawing groups on uranyl oxo bonds” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Inorganic chemistry symposium on Coordination Chemistry: Lanthanides and Actinides March 20.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Small Town Science: Increasing chemistry literacy, relatability, and accessibility” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Chemical Education symposium “Fundamentals of Chemistry Outreach Education: From Program Design to Assessment” March 20.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA titled “Tuning the Biradical Character of Graphene Quantum Dots by Insertion of h-BN Domains” March 19, 2024, ACS Spring 2024, Session “Informed Design of Quantum Dots and Quantum Dot Assemblies for Energy Applications”.
  • Jiahe Xu, a student in Prof. Korzeniewski’s group, gave the oral presentation “Confocal Raman Microscopy as a Probe of Chemical Structure and Composition within Processed Polymers and Electrode-Supported Films,” in the session on Developments in Raman Spectroscopy at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Jeremy Lawrence presented the poster “Tracking Properties of Processed Graphene Oxide Using Confocal Raman Microscopy,” (co-authors J. Kaur, E. L. Quitevis and C. Korzeniewski) at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - was selected to participate in the first Department of Energy/National Nuclear Science Administration Graduate studies workshop to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta in April.

Departmental News

  • Dr. Elka Georgieva organized a workshop, “Designing and conducting multidisciplinary studies on membrane protein structure and folding” at DiscoverBMB 2024 (the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in San Antonio, TX. During the workshop at DiscoverBMB 2024, Dr. Elka Georgieva delivered a talk on her multidisciplinary studies of membrane proteins.
  • At DiscoverBMB 2024, Olamide Ishola, a graduate student in the Georgieva lab, presented a poster Production and reconstitution in lipid nanoparticles of an engineered chimera construct of the Mtb EfpA drug exporter with apolipoprotein by Olamide Ishola#, Adeyemi Ogunbowale#, Md Majharul Islam, Elaheh Hadadianpour, Saman Majeed, Oluwatosin Adetuyi, Elka R. Georgieva*.
  • Prof. Jorge A. Morales presented the lecture “Electron nuclear dynamics in the age of ion cancer therapy, machine learning and quantum computing” at the 63rd Sanibel Symposium, Saint Augustine, Florida, February 29, 2024, and at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 20, 2024.
  • Mr. Debojyoti Das, a student of the Morales group, presented the lecture “Pioneering Machine Learning/Electron Nuclear Dynamics Simulations of Ion Cancer Therapy Reactions” at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18, 2024.
  • Dr. Raheleh Ravanfar presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA, entitled “Tyrosine/tryptophan chains protect flavocytochrome P450 against oxidative damage”.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Halogenated Salophen Ligands and Uranyl Complexes” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the undergraduate poster session March 18.
  • Xiaoyu Huo - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Cu(II)- Quinoxolinol complexes for catalytic oxidation of benzylic and heterocyclic alcohols” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the Division of Organic chemistry poster session March 19.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Salophen Uranyl Complexes: The effects of electron-donating and withdrawing groups on uranyl oxo bonds” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Inorganic chemistry symposium on Coordination Chemistry: Lanthanides and Actinides March 20.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Small Town Science: Increasing chemistry literacy, relatability, and accessibility” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Chemical Education symposium “Fundamentals of Chemistry Outreach Education: From Program Design to Assessment” March 20.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA titled “Tuning the Biradical Character of Graphene Quantum Dots by Insertion of h-BN Domains” March 19, 2024, ACS Spring 2024, Session “Informed Design of Quantum Dots and Quantum Dot Assemblies for Energy Applications”.
  • Jiahe Xu, a student in Prof. Korzeniewski’s group, gave the oral presentation “Confocal Raman Microscopy as a Probe of Chemical Structure and Composition within Processed Polymers and Electrode-Supported Films,” in the session on Developments in Raman Spectroscopy at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Jeremy Lawrence presented the poster “Tracking Properties of Processed Graphene Oxide Using Confocal Raman Microscopy,” (co-authors J. Kaur, E. L. Quitevis and C. Korzeniewski) at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - was selected to participate in the first Department of Energy/National Nuclear Science Administration Graduate studies workshop to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta in April.

Departmental News

  • Dr. Elka Georgieva organized a workshop, “Designing and conducting multidisciplinary studies on membrane protein structure and folding” at DiscoverBMB 2024 (the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in San Antonio, TX. During the workshop at DiscoverBMB 2024, Dr. Elka Georgieva delivered a talk on her multidisciplinary studies of membrane proteins.
  • At DiscoverBMB 2024, Olamide Ishola, a graduate student in the Georgieva lab, presented a poster Production and reconstitution in lipid nanoparticles of an engineered chimera construct of the Mtb EfpA drug exporter with apolipoprotein by Olamide Ishola#, Adeyemi Ogunbowale#, Md Majharul Islam, Elaheh Hadadianpour, Saman Majeed, Oluwatosin Adetuyi, Elka R. Georgieva*.
  • Prof. Jorge A. Morales presented the lecture “Electron nuclear dynamics in the age of ion cancer therapy, machine learning and quantum computing” at the 63rd Sanibel Symposium, Saint Augustine, Florida, February 29, 2024, and at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 20, 2024.
  • Mr. Debojyoti Das, a student of the Morales group, presented the lecture “Pioneering Machine Learning/Electron Nuclear Dynamics Simulations of Ion Cancer Therapy Reactions” at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18, 2024.
  • Dr. Raheleh Ravanfar presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA, entitled “Tyrosine/tryptophan chains protect flavocytochrome P450 against oxidative damage”.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Halogenated Salophen Ligands and Uranyl Complexes” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the undergraduate poster session March 18.
  • Xiaoyu Huo - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Cu(II)- Quinoxolinol complexes for catalytic oxidation of benzylic and heterocyclic alcohols” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the Division of Organic chemistry poster session March 19.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Salophen Uranyl Complexes: The effects of electron-donating and withdrawing groups on uranyl oxo bonds” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Inorganic chemistry symposium on Coordination Chemistry: Lanthanides and Actinides March 20.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Small Town Science: Increasing chemistry literacy, relatability, and accessibility” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Chemical Education symposium “Fundamentals of Chemistry Outreach Education: From Program Design to Assessment” March 20.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA titled “Tuning the Biradical Character of Graphene Quantum Dots by Insertion of h-BN Domains” March 19, 2024, ACS Spring 2024, Session “Informed Design of Quantum Dots and Quantum Dot Assemblies for Energy Applications”.
  • Jiahe Xu, a student in Prof. Korzeniewski’s group, gave the oral presentation “Confocal Raman Microscopy as a Probe of Chemical Structure and Composition within Processed Polymers and Electrode-Supported Films,” in the session on Developments in Raman Spectroscopy at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Jeremy Lawrence presented the poster “Tracking Properties of Processed Graphene Oxide Using Confocal Raman Microscopy,” (co-authors J. Kaur, E. L. Quitevis and C. Korzeniewski) at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - was selected to participate in the first Department of Energy/National Nuclear Science Administration Graduate studies workshop to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta in April.

Departmental News

  • Dr. Elka Georgieva organized a workshop, “Designing and conducting multidisciplinary studies on membrane protein structure and folding” at DiscoverBMB 2024 (the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) in San Antonio, TX. During the workshop at DiscoverBMB 2024, Dr. Elka Georgieva delivered a talk on her multidisciplinary studies of membrane proteins.
  • At DiscoverBMB 2024, Olamide Ishola, a graduate student in the Georgieva lab, presented a poster Production and reconstitution in lipid nanoparticles of an engineered chimera construct of the Mtb EfpA drug exporter with apolipoprotein by Olamide Ishola#, Adeyemi Ogunbowale#, Md Majharul Islam, Elaheh Hadadianpour, Saman Majeed, Oluwatosin Adetuyi, Elka R. Georgieva*.
  • Prof. Jorge A. Morales presented the lecture “Electron nuclear dynamics in the age of ion cancer therapy, machine learning and quantum computing” at the 63rd Sanibel Symposium, Saint Augustine, Florida, February 29, 2024, and at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 20, 2024.
  • Mr. Debojyoti Das, a student of the Morales group, presented the lecture “Pioneering Machine Learning/Electron Nuclear Dynamics Simulations of Ion Cancer Therapy Reactions” at the American Chemical Society Spring 2024 Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18, 2024.
  • Dr. Raheleh Ravanfar presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA, entitled “Tyrosine/tryptophan chains protect flavocytochrome P450 against oxidative damage”.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Halogenated Salophen Ligands and Uranyl Complexes” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the undergraduate poster session March 18.
  • Xiaoyu Huo - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a poster entitled “Cu(II)- Quinoxolinol complexes for catalytic oxidation of benzylic and heterocyclic alcohols” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans in the Division of Organic chemistry poster session March 19.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Salophen Uranyl Complexes: The effects of electron-donating and withdrawing groups on uranyl oxo bonds” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Inorganic chemistry symposium on Coordination Chemistry: Lanthanides and Actinides March 20.
  • Dylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden research group - gave a talk entitled “Small Town Science: Increasing chemistry literacy, relatability, and accessibility” at the Spring 2024 American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans as part of the Division of Chemical Education symposium “Fundamentals of Chemistry Outreach Education: From Program Design to Assessment” March 20.
  • Dr. Hans Lischka presented a talk at the ACS Spring 2024 meeting in New Orleans, LA titled “Tuning the Biradical Character of Graphene Quantum Dots by Insertion of h-BN Domains” March 19, 2024, ACS Spring 2024, Session “Informed Design of Quantum Dots and Quantum Dot Assemblies for Energy Applications”.
  • Jiahe Xu, a student in Prof. Korzeniewski’s group, gave the oral presentation “Confocal Raman Microscopy as a Probe of Chemical Structure and Composition within Processed Polymers and Electrode-Supported Films,” in the session on Developments in Raman Spectroscopy at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Jeremy Lawrence presented the poster “Tracking Properties of Processed Graphene Oxide Using Confocal Raman Microscopy,” (co-authors J. Kaur, E. L. Quitevis and C. Korzeniewski) at Pittcon 2024 in San Diego, CA.
  • Levin Ozer - an undergraduate student in the Gorden research group - was selected to participate in the first Department of Energy/National Nuclear Science Administration Graduate studies workshop to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta in April.



Awards and Accolades

HigginsHeather Higgins received the Phenomenal Women of Texas Tech University Award for 2024.

Dr. GeorgievaDr. Elka Georgieva become a 2024 Honored Listee of Marquis Who's Who.

Dr. ParkThe Park Group has received a Max Planck Partner Group award for the project titled, "Fundamental Chemical Processes at Model Catalyst Surfaces." The grant provides a total of 100k EUR over the 2024-2029 period to support experiments at the Dalian Coherent Light Source.

Dr. ParkThe Park Group has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project titled, "CAREER: Tiny Drops of Acid: Microwave spectroscopy and isomer-resolved IR spectroscopy of hydrohalic acid-water clusters." The award is for a total funding of $569,970 over the 2024-2029 period.

Dr. GeorgievaProf. Georgieva was selected as a recipient of a Gilead Research Scholars Program (HIV) Award to advance her studies in HIV-1 Vpu complexes with host proteins.

Additional Departmental News


Student Highlights

TrophiesOlamide Ishola, a graduate student in the Georgieva lab, received a travel award to attend DiscoverBMB 2024 in San Antonio, TX (March 23-27).

TrophiesMr. Juan C. Dominguez, a student of the Morales group, earned an award for his poster presentation "Electron nuclear dynamics of ion cancer therapy reactions on prototype systems C6+ + C4H4N2O2 (uracil) at ELab = 1.47 keV" at the 63rd Sanibel Symposium, Saint Augustine, Florida, February 27, 2024.

TrophiesDylan M. T. Eralie - a graduate student in the Gorden group - has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences student award in Excellence in Engagement and Outreach Award.

TrophiesSara Strickland, a Student in Prof. Pappas' Group, presented her talk at the Texas Microscopy Society and won Best Talk.

TrophiesSara Strickland also won the small grant competition at the Texas Microscopy Society to fund reagents on her project.

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