The Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program at FSU congratulates the latest Seminole PhDs. Congratulations to our new Dr.s!
The application portal for the MOB program is now open! Go to
Most important skill in graduate school: learning to carve pumpkins without catching COVID.
MOB congratulates Dr. Daniel Murray on his "promotion" from "PhD candidate" to "PhD"!
Congratulations to the first recipient of The Lyn Kittle Impact Award at Florida State University's Institute of Molecular Biophysics - Krakora Compagno
Please consider a donation to the award at: https://one.fsu.edu/foundation/donate/college/arts-sciences/lyn-kittle-impact-award?fbclid=IwAR2RlMjZNBTZF75XC8VkAPrKt-bzh_lfwOCubPkU_ckOWNouKf8W7y9qZb8
Here is a note of gratitude from your scholarship recipient:
Dear Mr. Gaudio and Scholarship committee,
Thank you so much for the Lyn Kittle Impact Award. I am a first-year in the molecular biophysics Ph.D.
program. Before coming to FSU, I completed an undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in chemical biology
and spent two years doing research at UCSF. The strong research program at FSU was one of the biggest
factors in my decision to attend. I am especially interested in the work being done in stem cell engineering,
neuroscience, and computational biology. And have been rotating through labs on campus that explore
each of these areas. I have also gotten a chance to become involved in the greater community by
becoming an intern in a small biotech company (started by one of the professors at FSU) and tutoring
undergraduate students in biochemistry and molecular biology.
I am especially grateful because this award enabled me to move across the country and come to FSU.
Without this award, I wouldn’t have had the means to attend the university. It helped to cover the costs of
moving, setting up a new apartment, and settling into life on the east coast.
Thank you again for your generosity and I wish you all the best.
Re-posting from MOB supporter Gaudio. (With permission).
Congratulations to FSU MOB student Hemant Goswami, who along with postdoctoral fellow Sagar Sridhara and Biochemistry student Charlisa Whyms, published a paper in Nature Communication about a new Sars-CoV-2 detection method based a CRISPR-Cas enzyme.
Dr. Sagar Sridhara was associated with the Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Florida State University as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Hong Li’s lab for the last three years. He did his Bachelors in Engineering (Biotechnology) at RVCE (VTU), Bengaluru, India (2006-2010) and then went on to do a Masters of Science in Applied Biotechnology at Uppsala University, Sweden (2010-2012). He then pursued his PhD in Medical Science at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and CSSB-Hamburg, Germany (2013-2017) on ‘Structural and Functional basis of mitochondrial tRNA processing’. His Post-Doctoral research at IMB was on ‘Structural and functional elucidation of type III-A CRISPR-Cas systems’. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
This gathering came like a breath of fresh air for all the members of the department, after being away from any kind of social interaction for the last year and a half!
The new members of the department (including students who joined in Fall 2020, as well as the new faculty members Dr. Ashwanth Francis and Dr. Bhargav Karamched) were welcomed heartily.
We also took this opportunity to thank:
Dr. Piotr Fajer who has been tirelessly guiding the Institute through thick and thin for the last 11 years
Dr Hong Li who stepped up to be the new Director of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics
Dr. Beth Stroupe who is the new Director of the Molecular Biophysics Graduate program
June 9th, 2021 | Institute of Molecular Biophysics Picnic
Memories of Lyn Kittle