Group News

April 2017

Congratulations to the Cavagnero group alumnus Bryan Mounce, who has become an Assistant Professor at the Medical School of Loyola University (Department of Microbiology and Immunology), Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Bryan! cheeky 

Congratulations to the Matthew Dalphin - Alex Staikos graduate-undergraduate student pair for wining the Stephen D. Morton mentorship award. Very well done!!cool

Congratulations to undergraduate students Susanna Yaeger-Weiss and Andrew Wittman for winning a UW-Madison Hilldale Research Award. You are the best!!yes

Research advisor Silvia Cavagnero receives the University Housing Honored Instructor Award. Good job, Silvia! cool

We are excited to report that Susanna Yaeger-Weiss, Collin Goebel and Tess Carlson won the Martha Gunhild Week Research Scholarship (Susanna), the  Wayland E. Noland Chemistry Research Scholarship (Collin), and UW-Madison Sophomore Research Fellowship (Tess). Very cool achievements. Congratulations! cheeky

 

March 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate student Tess Carlson, the 1st author of a cover article in the Journal of Chemical Education on a new method for the naked-eye detection of protein folding and unfolding via the bright-blue fluorescence of a noncovalently-bound reporter dye. Protein folding has never been so colorful! yes

 

February 2017

Research advisor Silvia Cavagnero received the UW-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative activities. Way to go, Silvia!cool

 

December 2016

Graduate student Rayna Addabbo has been selected to give an oral presentation at the 22nd Annual Midwest Stress Response and Molecular Chaperone Meeting in Evanston, IL in January 2017: Congratulations, Rayna! enlightened                                                                                                                                                                                                

1st year graduate student Hao-Che Wang joins the Cavagnero group. We are thrilled to have you on board, Hao-Che! smiley

 

November 2016

Graduate student Rayna Addabbo has been selected to give an oral presentation at the Protein Stability, Chaperones and Folding Session of the Biophysical Society Meeting in New Orleans, LA in February 2017: Super-cool, Rayna! cool

1st year graduate student Hanming Yang joins the Cavagnero group. Welcome to our team, Hanming! yes

Tess Carlson's 2016 article on a new method to "see" protein folding and unfolding with your bare eyes has been selected as a cover article by the Journal of Chemical Education. Very well done, Tess!  enlightened

 

August 2016

Graduate student Rayna Addabbo was awarded a UW-Madison Dissertation Completion Graduate Fellowship. Wonderful achievement, Rayna! enlightened

 

July 2016

Graduate student Miranda Mecha was awarded a Graduate Fellowship form the Molecular Biophysics Training Program. Way to go, Miranda! cheeky

 

April 2016

Ani Srivastava has been awarded a UW-Madison Hilldale Fellowship to carry our experimental studies on cotranslational protein folding in the Cavagnero lab. Congrats, Ani!!!

Alumnus Jung Ho Lee (now postdoc at NIH with Ad Bax) has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Chemistry of Seoul National University. Way to go, Jung Ho!

Research advisor Silvia Cavagnero has been selected to become an Honorary Member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The award will be officially granted during a Ceremony on April 17 2016. Nice achievement, Silvia!

Congratulations to Tess for winning the prestigious American Society Hach Land Undergraduate Scholarship. This award is granted to one UW-Madison undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry (or a related field) who expresses an interest in becoming a high-school chemistry teacher. The Hach Foundation provides up to $10,000 per academic year for six years while the student pursues BS and MS degrees. Great job, Tess!

March 2016

Undergraduate student Collin Goebel has been awarded a Biochemistry Fellowship to pursue research on molecular chaperones in the summer 2016. Way to go, Collin!

Undergraduate student Susanna Yaeger-Weiss won three awards: the Karen M. Telander Undergraduate Research Scholarship to pursue summer research on prion folding and aggregation in the Cavagnero group, the UW-Madison Student-Support-in-Chemistry Scholarship, and the Margaret McLean Bender Scholarship. Wonderful achievements, Susanna!

Graduate student Yusuke Okuno was awarded the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Student Travel Award to attend the ENC NMR Conference in April 2016. Yusuke was also selected to deliver an oral presentation on his research on NMR sensitivity enhancement in solution mediated by heavy atoms at the ENC Conference, as part of the Suraj P. Manrao Symposium for Young Scientists.  Congrats Yusuke, nice job, and enjoy the Conference! 

 

February 2016
Graduate student Rayna Addabbo wins a Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) for her poster presentation on the kinetics of protein folding upon release from the ribosome, at the 60th Biophysical Society Meeting in Los Angeles, California. Wow, very cool, Rayna, keep up with the great presentation skills and interesting research results!

Former group member Margarita Santiago obtains a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor at the UNiversity of New Mexico, Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Congratulations, Margarita, on this exciting next step in your career! 

 

December 2015

1st year graduate student Miranda Mecha joins the Cavagnero group. Miranda: we are all really excited to welcome you to our team!

 

November 2015

Graduate student Andrew Fuchs is a recipient of the 2016 Educational Committee Travel Award to present his research on the interaction of nascent proteins

with the ribosomal surface at the 2016 Biophysical Society Meeting in Los Angeles, California. Congratulations, Andrew!

Former postdoctoral fellow Valeria Guzman-Luna won the Award for the "Best Oral Presentation", after her lecture based on the work that she did

in our lab on Protein Folding on the Ribosome, at the 4th International Workshop on the Frontiers in Protein Folding, Evolution and Function in

Oaxaca, Mexico.  Muy bien, Valeria!

 

October 2015

Graduate student Yusuke Okuno has been invited to deliver an oral presentation on his research in Laser-enhanced NMR at the 2015 Chicago Area NMR Discussion Group Conference (CANMRDG),

which will take place on November 7 at at AbbVie Inc. Headquarters in Lake Bluff, IL.  Great job, Yusuke!

 

March 2015

Graduate student Yusuke Okuno is awarded A Student Travel Grant to present his research in Laser-enhanced NMR Spectroscopy at the 2015 Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference in Asilomar, California.  Great job, Yusuke!

 

February 2015

Graduate student Rayna Adabbo wins a Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) in Biopolymers in Vivo for her presentation on cotranslational protein folding kinetics at the 2015 Biophysical Society Meeting.  Well done, congratulations Rayna!

 

January 2015

Matt Dalphin joins the Cavagnero group as a 1st year Biophysics graduate student. Welcome to our group Matt! We look forward to fabulous science with you!

 

November 2014

Andrew Fuchs joins the Cavagnero group as a 1st year Biophysics graduate student. Welcome Andrew! We are looking forward to exciting research with you!

 

June 2014

Christopher Hughes is awarded the Chemistry-Biology Interface Graduate Training Fellowship.  Congratulations Chris!

 

May 2014

Teddy Jennaro is awarded the REU NSF Fellowship and Jenna Becker wins the UW-Madison Hilldale Award, both for computational studies on protein folding. Great work Teddy and Jenna!

 

November 2013

1st year Chemistry graduate students Christopher Hughes and Zhihui Yao join the Cavagnero group. Welcome to the group Christopher and Zhihui, we are looking forward to great science together!

 

September 2013

Andrew Fuchs is awarded a Research Fellowship from CONACYT to present his research results at the 3rd US-Mexico

workshop of Protein folding and Dynamics in Guanajuato, Mexico in November 2013.  Congratulations Andrew!

 

August 2013

SRP NSF research student Gelson Pagan ends his summer project on laser-driven NMR method development. Great job Gelson!

Jung Ho Lee earns his PhD in Biophysics with a Thesis on laser-driven NMR sensitivity enhancement and NMR-detected

chaperone-assisted protein folding.  Congrats Jung Ho!

 

June 2013

Undergraduate students Teddy Jennaro and Jenna Becker join the Cavagnero group. Welcome to our team! 

 

May 2013

Jung Ho Lee publishes a cover article in J. Phys. Chem B on a novel enzyme system to achieve unprecedented sensitivity and enable long-term data collection in

laser-driven NMR via photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (photo-CIDNP) in solution.

Anders Knight wins the UW-Madison Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry. We are proud of you Anders!

 

April 2013:

Brian Arnold wins the UW-Madison Hilldale Award to carry out studies on protein folding on the ribosome. Allison Zhang and Anders Knight won the Martha Gunhild-Weeks and the Richard Fischer Undergraduate Scholarships, respectively.  Cool achievements, congratulations!

 

March 2013:

1st year graduate student Angela Varela is awarded an NSF graduate fellowship to pursue research on protein folding in cell and cell-like environments. Way to go Angela!

Yue Liu from the University of Maryland joins the Cavagnero group as a postdoc.   Welcome to the team Yue!

 

February 2013:

Yusuke Okuno won a travel award to present his research at the ENC NMR conference in Pacific Grove, CA. Congratulations, Yusuke!

 

January 2013:

Andrew Fuchs, a graduate of UW-Whitewater, joins the Cavagnero Group.  Welcome to the group Andrew!

 

December 2012:

Jon Lang won a  Charles H. and Shirley A. Stammer Scholarship, and Jung Ho Lee won a GSFLC Travel Award to attend a scientific conference. Great job guys! 

 

November 2012:

Graduate student Jung Ho Lee gave an oral presentation at the CANMRDG conference on his research of photochemically enhanced NMR method development.

Also, Jung Ho Lee and Rayna Addabbo won a Travel Award by the Biophysical Society to present their research at the Biophysical Society Meeting in Philadelphia (PA), in February 2013.    Wow, nice job, and congratulations Rayna and Jung Ho!

1st year Biophysics graduate student Angela Varela joins the Cavagnero group. We are delighted to have you with us Angela...looking forward to doing amazing science together!

 

July 2012:

Anders Knight is awarded a Schleifer scholarship from the College of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Congrats Anders!

 

May 2012:

Anders Knight is awarded a UW-Madison prize for his Chemistry Research Poster presentation.  2ndyear graduate student Arelys Rosado is awarded a UW-Madison 1yr Biotechnology Trainee (BTP) fellowship. Well done Anders and Arelys!

 

April 2012:

1st year graduate student Rayna Addabbo is awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Jon Lang and Anders Knight win a Chemistry Scholarship and the 2012 Hilldale Research Fellowship.  Congratulations everyone, these are awesme achievements!

 

January 2012:
2nd year graduate student Rudy Clausen successfully meets the requirements for a Master's degree in biophysics. Congrats Rudy and best of luck to you!

 

November 2011:
1st year graduate students Yusuke Okuno and Rayna Addabbo join the Cavagnero group. We are delighted to have you join our team and look forward to exciting research with you!

Nese Kurt leaves the group to start a Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Massachussets Worcester. Best of luck to you Nese, and thanks for all the great research and mentoring in our lab!

 

October 2011:
Chemistry graduate student Daria Fedyukina wins the 3rd prize in the Research Competition organized by the GWIS Graduate Women in Science organization. Great job, Dasha.  :)

 

July 2011:
Chemistry graduate student Daria Fedyukina is awarded the Ruth Dickie Research Scholarship to support her studies on protein folding on the ribosome.

 

June 2011:
Dan Baum leaves the group to start graduate school at UC Berkeley.  Thanks for all your research and teaching contributions to the group, Dan.

 

May 2011:
Peter Culviner is awarded the Dean's Prize and Dan Baum receives an Outstanding Poster Award at the UW-Madison Chemistry Department's undergraduate poster session.  Nice achievements guys!

 

April 2011:
Yufan Wu receives a Hilldale Research Award for her studies on protein folding/aggregation energy landscapes and Dasha Fedyukina receives a UW-Madison Chemical Biology award for her studies on protein folding on the ribosome.   Congratulations girls, well done!

 

March 2011:
Karla Esquilin Lebron from the University of Puerto Rico receives an IBS-SRP Summer Research Fellowship to carry out studies on protein folding in the cell in the Cavagnero group.   Nice job, Karla!

 

February 2011:
Senapathy Rajagopalan and Nese Kurt publish a cover article in the Biophysical Journal on the High Resolution Conformation and Backbone Dynamics of a Soluble Aggregate of Apomyoglobin119.

 

December 2010:
Ashok Sekhar gets his Ph.D on photo-CIDNP sensitivity enhancement methods in NMR and the role of the Hsp70 chaperone in protein folding. Way to go Ashok!

 

November 2010:
Jennifer Kraninger wins the "The Same and Not the Same" contest on Chemical Chirality by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy. wonderful achievement Jennifer!
1st year graduate students Rudy Clausen and Arelys Rosado join the group. Welcome to our team, Arelys and Rudy, we are happy to have you on board!

 

September 2010:
Dasha Fedyukina and coworkers publish a cover article in the Biophysical Journal on the Contribution of Long-Range Interactions to the Secondary Structure of an Unfolded Globin.

 

September 2008:
Jamie Ellis and coworkers publish a cover article in ACS Chemical Biology on the Chain Dynamics of Nascent Polypeptides Emerging from the Ribosome.