Webb Group

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Webb Group, Spring 2016

Back Row, Left-to-Right: 
Ben Chang, Josh Slocum, Elisa Novelli, Jeremy First.     
Front Row, Left-to-Right:
Rebika Shrestha, Cari Anderson, Desiree Fernandez, Lauren Webb, Whitney Fies. 
Not Pictured: Santiago Sanchez

Physical Chemistry of Biological Interfaces

Research in the Webb group seeks to understand and manipulate the mechanisms of interaction, organization, and self-assembly of biological macromolecules that lead to the complex and emergent properties of living systems.  We are interested in these topics for two principal reasons.  First, understanding the organization of biological systems is of vital biomedical importance.  Second, we seek to exploit the weak but long-range interactions involved in noncovalent organization of biological macromolecules at prepared surfaces and interfaces with the ultimate goal of integrating biological and inorganic materials in a controlled and robust manner.

Research in the Webb group is multidisciplinary and employs a variety of physical and analytical techniques.  We study the physical chemistry of electrostatic fields at protein-protein interfaces using vibrational spectroscopy coupled with computational methods; and we prepare and characterize chemically modified surfaces that interact specifically with folded, functional proteins using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and surface spectroscopic techniques.

Please visit our research page to learn more about specific projects underway in the Webb group.  If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining the group, please contact Dr. Lauren Webb.
Webb Group News:


9/6: Levi joins the group for a CMB rotation.  Welcome!

8/8: Rebika successfully defends her PhD.  Congratulations!

6/7: We welcome Mark and Sujata to the laboratory from the Welch Summer Scholar Program.

6/2: Miguel, from the Department's NSF REU program, joins the group for the summer.  Welcome!

5/22: Bartek's and Andrew's paper is accepted for publication in PCCP.  This is our first publication from our collaboration with Min Cho.

4/29: Josh's paper is accepted for publication in JACS.

4/28: Rebika wins the award for best poster at the UT Biophysics Membrane Symposium.  Congratulations!

4/28: Josh receives a Dorothy B. Banks Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry.  Congrats!

4/26: Whitney and Jeremy both pass their candidacy exams.  Congratulations! 


11/20: Jason successfully defends his PhD.  Congratulations!

11/10: Desiree joins the lab, picking up where she left off in the WSSP.  Welcome back!

10/30: Jason's paper on fibril formation is featured in an ACS virtual journal, "Creating and Controlling Biointerfaces."

10/30: Cari wins a Faraday Teaching Award from the Department.  Congratulations!

10/8: Cari's collaboration with the Bard group is accepted for publication in Langmuir.

10/1: Lauren becomes the State Director of the Welch Summer Scholars Program.

9/16: Andrew's Feature Article is accepted by JPCB.

9/13: Ben joins the group.  Welcome!

8/12: Andrew successfully defends his PhD.  Congratulations!

8/4:  Kjell's paper is
accepted by Chemistry of Materials

7/8:  Kjell's paper is accepted by JPC Lett. 

7/2: Jason's Feature Article is accepted by Langmuir.

6/9: We welcome Desiree to the lab for the summer.  Desiree is supported by the Welch Summer Scholars Program.

5/11: Jason is awarded a Graduate School Continuing Fellowship.  Congratulations!

5/7: Rebika wins a Faraday Summer Tuition Fellowship.  Congratulations!

5/5:  Rebika's paper with Ron Elber and Alfredo Cardenas is accepted by JPCB.  Congrats!

5/4:  Jason and Whitney are working from the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Good luck!

4/13: Jason wins a poster award for Biophysics Day.  Congrats!

4/7: Jason and Elisa win Henze Teaching Awards from the Department.  Congrats!

4/6: Cari passes her candidacy exam.  Congrats!

4/1: Elisa and Whitney earn NSF GRF Honorable Mentions.

3/31: Elisa successfully completes her candidacy requirements.  Congratulations!

3/4: Jason's paper is accepted by Langmuir.  Congrats!

2/27: Kjell successfully defends his PhD.  Congratulations!

2/2: Rebika wins a student travel fellowship from the Biophysical Society.

1/20: Rebika's paper with our collaborators Ron Elber and Alfredo Cardenas in accepted by JPCB.

1/20: Santiago joins the group.  Welcome!


11/17: Kjell's paper is accepted by ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

11/10: Jeremy joins the group.  Welcome!

10/8: Rebika wins a Faraday Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry.  Congrats!

9/8: Whitney Fies joins the group.  Welcome!

9/2: Bartek Blasiak from Minhaeng Cho's group at Korea University joins us for a month as a visiting scholar.  Welcome!

9/1: Lauren is promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

8/5: David's paper is accepted by PCCP.

6/30: Annette joins the faculty of the chemistry department at College of St. Benedict and St. John's University.  Good luck and keep in touch!

6/2: Kelsey, a NSF REU Fellow, joins the laboratory.  Welcome!

4/18: David
successfully defends his PhD.  Congrats!

4/16: Christina successfully defends her PhD.  Congrats!

2/13: Jason and Ignacio's paper is accepted.  This is our first submission to Plant Physiology!

1/22: Farhana and Mahnoor join the group.  Welcome!

1/21: Andrew's paper is accepted by JPCB


11/12: Cari joins the group.  Welcome!

10/22: Elisa joins the group.  Welcome!

10/21: Ruifei receives a University Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  Congrats!

10/18: Our new STM arrives!

8/26: Andrew's paper is accepted by JPCB.

7/12: Annette and Jason's paper is accepted.

6/11: Amber, a Welch Summer Scholar, joins the group.  Welcome!

6/2: David's paper is accepted by PCCP.

4/19:  Rebika passes candidacy - congrats!

4/10: Christina receives an Outstanding Poster Award at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.  Congratulations!

4/2: Germain joins the group.  Welcome!

1/20:  Seth and Ruifei join the group.  Welcome!

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