2008 May - NU Physicists Demonstrate Precise Manipulation of DNA-Drug Interactions
Professor Mark Williams and his research team have developed a method of using optical tweezers to better understand how DNA-drug interactions occur. This research, performed primarily by graduate student Thaya Paramanathan, was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (vol. 130, p. 3752), has the potential to uncover crucial information about DNA binding in order to develop therapies for chronic diseases such as cancer and AIDS.
2009 March - Physics Grad Students Place in the Physical and Life Science Category at this Year's Research Expo
At the annual Research and Scholarship Expo, held on March 26, 2009 at the Cabot Cage, over 240 posters were displayed, representing faculty and student research projects. Seven team presentations won first place in their category, including Thaya Paramanathan who won in the physical and life sciences category.
In the fall, the DCP offered Graduate Student Travel Awards for students who become members of the DCP and present in a DCP-sponsored session. We are pleased to announce the 13 winners of the 2009 DCP GSTA competition.
At Northeastern University in Boston, Mark Williams, associate professor of physics, and graduate student Thaya Paramanathan have used optical tweezers for another DNA-related project: studying interactions between DNA molecules and the molecules of possible drug formulations.