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Holland Lab Attends ENC Conference

The Holland Lab attended the Experimental NMR Conference (ENC) at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA This is the premier conference in experimental magnetic resonance including solution and solid-state NMR and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The lab gave two talks and presented three posters. Lab post-doc, Dr. Kevin Chalek's talk was on Sunday (4/7) in the Young Scientist Symposium titled "Studying Sidechain Interactions in Dragline Spider Silk Fibers Using MAS Solid-state NMR and DNP". Kevin also presented a poster on the same topic Tues/Thurs. Research scientist and SDSU NMR Facility Manager, Dr. David Onofrei gave a talk in the Biomolecular Solution NMR Session on Tuesday (4/9) titled "Using CS-ROSETTA to Probe Assembly of Intrinsically Disordered Spider Silk Proteins in Solution". PhD grad student, Hannah Johnson presented a poster on Tues/Thurs titled "Solution NMR of Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation in Native Major Ampullate Spider Silk Proteins Indicates Arg and Tyr Influence Pre-Assembly". PhD grad student, Yuan Li presented a poster on Mon/Wed titled "The Calcium Sites of Hydroxyapatite with Different Morphologies and Crystal Phases Investigated by 43Ca MAS Solid-state NMR". Yuan was also awarded an ENC graduate student travel award to support her attendance. Congrats Yuan!!! Below is a picture from the Lab Dinner at the Fish Hopper in Monterey where we caught up with Lab alumni, Dr. Haley Swanson, who is now Bruker NMR West Coast Sales Rep. We had fantastic discussions regarding our upcoming 600 MHz Ascend NMR magnet install and some plans for new cutting edge probes in Diffusion and Solid-state NMR for the future. Check out the picture from dinner below: ...

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Prof. Holland Presents at AFOSR Grant Review

In December 2023, Prof. Holland attended the AFOSR grant review in Ft. Walton Beach FL. The talk was a transitional talk where Prof. Holland discussed the close out of the lab's previous grant on spider silk and natural materials research and discussed new research directions for the new grant that just started in September 2023. ...

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Holland Lab Visits Scheibel Lab at University of Bayreuth in Germany and Attends 8th Kavli Frontiers in Science Symposium

In a two part trip, Prof. Holland and Dr. David Onofrei first visited the Scheibel Lab at the University of Bayreuth in Germany to work on collaborative research projects focused on synthetic (recombinant) spider silk formation. Prof. Holland gave a presentation on the lab's NMR spider silk research to the Biomaterials Group and worked with Scheibel and lab members on recombinant spider silk protein structure and assembly. The visit included a week of time to collect 1 GHz NMR data on spider silk proteins in solution! Following Germany, Prof. Holland traveled on to Indonesia for this conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. He was part of the organizing committee and organized a session titled "Nature Inspired Chemistry: From Medicine to Materials" Stay tuned for updates by following us on Twitter ...

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