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Webb Group, Fall 2018

Left-to-right: Elisa Novelli, Josh Corriera, Paul Handalli, Jeremy First, Cari Anderson, Frank Jermusk, Lauren Webb, Whitney Fies, Henry Pan, Yu-Chun Lin
Not pictured: Danielle Landry, Annie Zhang

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:


6/14: Welcome to the guests who have joined our lab for the summer - Jessica, Cory, and Leah. We are excited to have you!

6/13: Whitney defends her PhD.  Congrats!

6/12: Jeremy defends his PhD.  Congratulations!

5/1: Jeremy's paper is accepted in JPCB. Congrats!

4/5: Elisa successfully defends her PhD. Congrats!

3/29: Cari successfully defends her PhD.  Congratulations!

3/28: Whitney's paper is accepted in Langmuir. This is our first publication with our collaborators at Oak Ridge NL on neutron reflectometry.  Congrats!

3/26: Cari's paper with our collaborators in the Elber laboratory is accepted to JPCB.  Great work!

3/22: Jeremy receives the Department of Chemistry's Henze Teaching Award.  Congrats!

2/8: Whitney's paper with Logan in the Crooks' group is accepted to Langmuir.  Congratulations!

2/6: Frank joins the lab.  Welcome!

1/16: Molly joins the lab.  Welcome!


12/11: Cari receives a 2018 Research Excellence Award from the Department of Chemistry.  Congratulations!

11/27: Cari's paper is accepted by JPCB.  Congrats!

11/5: Josh joins the group.  Welcome!

10/19: Elisa and Jeremy's paper is accepted by Biochemistry.

10/12: Jeremy receives a Faraday Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence in our Department.  Congratulations!

9/25: Paul joins the Webb laboratory.  Welcome!

8/9: Whitney receives the Fall 2018 Paul DeGregory Memorial Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry.  Congrats!

6/6: Jeremy and Josh's paper is accepted by JPCB. Congratulations!

6/4: We have some visitors in lab this summer.  Cristian joins us from the Welch Summer Scholar Program; Dominique joins us from the NSF REU program; and Danielle joins us from the NSF GREAT program.  Welcome to you all!

6/3: Henry is named TA of the Year by the Department of Chemical Engineering.  Congrats!

5/1: Jeremy receives the 2018 Hamilton/Schoch Endowed Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry.  Congratulations! 

4/2: Elisa and Cari present at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.

3/1: Josh's paper is accepted by ARPC. 


11/15: Aaron joins the group for a rotation in the CMB program.  Welcome!

11/1: Yu-Chun joins the group, adding to our computational efforts.  Welcome!

10/1: Henry joins the group.  He will be working on the mechanism off fibril formation on surfaces.  Welcome!

6/26: Josh and Jeremy's paper is accepted by JPCB.

6/10: Nancy and Akhil join the group from the Welch Summer Scholars Program.  Welcome!

6/9: Josh's paper is accepted by JPCLett.

6/1: Mia joins the group for the summer supported by the NSF GREAT program.  Welcome!

5/10: Cari receives the 2017 Hamilton/Schoch Fellowship from the Department of Chemistry.  Congratulations!

4/5: Whitney presents her research at the ACS national meeting.

4/4: Whitney receives a Departmental Recruiting Service Award.  Great job!

4/1: Our paper with Min Cho and Casey Londergan is accepted by Acc. Chem. Res.

3/23: Josh successfully defends his PhD.  Congratulations!

1/10: Rebika and Cari's paper with the Elber group is accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem. B 
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