QB/Joint Graduate Student Organization

Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Welcome to the homepage of the BioMaPS Graduate Student Organization! We strive to coordinate events and activities, and share the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of our students. Here you will find information on student-run seminars, papers and posters our students have published and presented, social events we've organized, and all the extracurricular activities that our students love! We hope that this will help bring a stronger sense of community to our interdisciplinary group, and also help our new and prospective students get a feel for the kind of department we are. Please do not hesitate to contact any of our officers with any questions you may have!

Spring 2014 Officers:

Please email biomaps.gso@gmail.com to let us know if you are interested in any of the positions stated below!


Kenneth McGuinness



Sandeep Belure



Ted Malliaris



Stefi Todolli


News and Events

Thanks to everyone who came out to the BioMaPS GSO Cookout!

What our students have been doing!

  • Four of our students attended and presented at Albany Conversations 18 -- published in the Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, June 11-15th!
    • Kenneth McGuinness presented the poster Polymorphic assembly of computationally designed hydrophobic-rich collagen peptides,
    • Stefjord Todolli presented the poster A dynamic model for the linker histone,
    • Gautam Singh presented the poster Dynamics of the nucleosome core particle revealed from a new database of high resolution X-ray crystallographic and simulated structures,
    • and Nicolas Clauvelin presented the poster The synergy between DNA and nucleosomes in chromatin.
    • Good job, guys!
  • Liyang Diao is currently working with the DIMACS/DIMATIA summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) program at Rutgers in a mentoring role.
  • Pawel Janowski publishes in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Read his paper, Peptide Crystal Simulations Reveal Hidden Dynamics, here. DOI: 10.1021/ja401382y.
  • Pawel also gave a talk at the 43rd Mid-Atlantic Macromolecular Crystallography Meeting at Duke University. Congrats, Pawel!
  • Gina Moriarty and Maria Janowska published a review article that was very well received on F1000Prime, entitled Exploring the accessible conformations of N-terminal acetylated alpha-synuclein. You can find it here. Congratulations, ladies!
  • Erich Kuechler hosts a weekly game night in the Proteomics building (and occasionally in nearby, off-campus venues). For veteran board-gamers and newbies alike, don't hesitate to email him and give it a try!

Please contribute to the News and Events section! Email me with photos, blurbs, papers, posters, and anything else!

Student Seminars

Maria Janowska

Attempts in Understanding alpha-Synuclein Aggregation

4:00PM Thursday, 9 May 2013

Center for Integrative Proteomics 206


Read our constitution

For prospective students

Visit the Rutgers GSA homepage