Chen Research Group
Computational Biochemistry & Biophysics

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April 11, 2018
Congratulations to Katrina for winning the 2018 (Chemistry) Departmental Recognition Awards and Positron Award! Well done, Kat!

April 1, 2018
Our collaborative project on studies of the gating and pore-sensor coupling mechanisms of large current calcium-activated potassium (BK) channels has been funded by NIH/NHLBI through a 4-year R01 grant!

April 1, 2018
We welcome Dr. Azar Farjamnia to the lab as a Visiting Researcher!

Feb 21, 2018
Zhiguang presented his discovery of a hydrophobic gate in human BK channels at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Nov 1, 2017
Congratulations to Xiaorong for publishing her new Hybrid Resolution (HyRes) protein model, which provides semi-quantitative secondary structure propensities together with a qualitative description of long-range nonspecific interactions. This is a result of over two years meticulous and persistent work!

July 1, 2017
We welcome Justin and Katrina to lab as undergraduate researchers! Justin will work on molecular mechanism of chemotaxis (in collaboration with the Thompson lab), and Katrina will work on simulation of tumor suppressor p53.

Mar 1, 2017
Mahdieh Yazdani joined the lab as a graduate student. Mahdieh is originally from Iran and has been at UMass Amherst since 2014. We are glad that Madhieh finds computational biophysics exciting and appreciate her courage of re-inventing herself. Welcome!

Feb 24, 2017
After much ado, our new GPU cluster is finally powering up. It is housed in the beautiful Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) and has 32 4-GPU computing nodes.

Feb 1, 2017
We welcome Dr. Mara Chirocotto to the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Mara is originally from Italy and received her PhD in Theoretical and Computational Biophysics from University Paris Diderot (Paris VII) in 2017.

Jan 17, 2017
Congratulations to Zhiguang and Alex for getting their paper on "The Levinthal Problem in Amyloid Aggregation: Sampling of a Flat Reaction Space" accepted by JPCB! This is a result of several years' hard work in collaboration with Jeremy Schmit's lab and our first paper on development of multi-scale algorithms for simulating the fibril growth mechanism and kinetics at atomistic details.

Jan 1, 2017
Enjoy and cherish every moment!

(IALS/LSL South)

(A fresh new day in a new year!)

(New England winter magic)

Jan 1, 2017
Our first day officially at University of Massachusetts Amherst! It has been quite a journay, through sunshine and snow.

(Snow storm around Cleveland)

(A beautiful day through Great Plains)

(UMass Central Library)

(UMass sunset)

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