Synergy Summer 2013 features Blue Waters, a new supercomputer that Klaus Schulten used to create a map of the HIV capsid. It also highlights the Chambana Science Café and showcases a new Beckman employee Curtis Johnson, a group of students who conducted research at Beckman over the summer, new postdoctoral fellows, and Kirby Vandivort's trip to Italy.
With the capabilitities of the new supercomputer Blue Waters, Beckman faculty member Klaus Schulten and postdoctoral researcher Juan Perilla and their collegues have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects the virus’ genetic material and is key to its virulence.
After a successful inaugural year, Joe Toscano is continuing the Chambana Science Café, an event that brings scientists to the public to talk about their research and answer questions.
Curtis Johnson was a Beckman graduate fellow and earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in June 2013. Now he works as a research scientist at the Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC).
Many students conduct research at Beckman Institue over the summer, giving them a wide variety of practical experience.
Three of the six 2013 postdoctoral fellows settled in this summer and are laying the groundwork for exciting new research.
Beckman senior research programmer Kirby Vandivort went on the trip of a lifetime to spend a month in Italy to learn about vocational practices, experience the culture, and, of course, indulge in homemade Italian pizza.