The Pew Charitable Trust finances postdoctoral associates from Latin America to train in the U.S., with additional funding for the postdoc for lab supplies upon return to the home country.
In the Tristram-Nagle lab at Carnegie Mellon University, we use low-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering to study fully hydrated, oriented membranes as biological membrane mimics. We collect X-ray data with a Rigaku rotating anode, as well as at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source. We obtain elastic parameters as well as membrane structure, and positions of additives in the membrane. The additives are proteins, drugs, cholesterol, bioflavonoids and other lipids. The present focus is on antimicrobial peptides as new antibiotics. Papers resulting from the work will be published in peer-reviewed journals. Please contact Prof. Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Biological Physics, Physics Department, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, email@example.com , if you are interested.