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Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology

  • On September 11, 2015 the CCMSB hosted the Great Lakes NMR Symposium at Tinkham Veale University Center with keynote speakers Rafael Bruschweiler from Ohio State University and Angela Gronenborn from University of Pittsburgh.
  • CCMSB faculty member Blanton Tolbert, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded a $180,000 grant from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, to continue his research on HIV in its latent state. "We really need to understand more at the molecular level how the virus is interacting with the host," he said.
  • The installation of a new JEOL JEM2200FS cryo-electron microscope is currently under way at the CCMSB building. This microscope has an energy filter, which will enhance image contrast for cryo-EM applications and facilitate cryo-electron tomography studies of membrane proteins in a cellular context. This microscope is equipped with a Tietz TemCam-F416 digital camera, which will provide fast data acquisition.
  • Derek Taylor receives an NIH Director's New Innovator Award
    The NIH Director's New Innovator Award program is designed to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for high impact. Dr. Taylor's project title is "Induction of cancer cell death by selective DNA misincorporation" and will build on his prior structural studies of the ribosome and telomerase complex. The Innovator project incorporates new concepts relating telomerase maintenance to chromosome instability. The goal is to implement an innovative strategy using the unique properties of telomerase to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Dr. Taylor is one of just 41 new investigators in the U.S. to receive the New Innovator Award in 2013.
  • New Cryo-Electron Microscope at the CCMSB
    The installation of a new JEOL JEM2200FS cryo-electron microscope is currently under way at the CCMSB building. This microscope has an energy filter, which will enhance image contrast for cryo-EM applications and facilitate cryo-electron tomography studies of membrane proteins in a cellular context. This microscope is equipped with a Tietz TemCam-F416 digital camera, which will provide fast data acquisition.
  • Renovation of CCMSB building on West Campus is Complete
    The renovation of ~10,000 square feet of biomedical laboratory and instrumentation space at the CCMSB building has been completed. Space formerly occupied by the School of Engineering was brought up to biomedical research laboratory standards and instrumentation room issues related to room temperature and humidity were corrected. The renovation of the CCMSB building included numerous safety enhancements (e.g. additional cameras, outdoor lighting, and security glass).