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News History:

  • August 6, 2015:
    Rick Alsop made 1st place at the Falling Walls competition and will represent McMaster and Canada in Berlin in November. Congrats!



     
  • July 23, 2015:
    While in Germany we are visiting Tim Salditt's Lab at the University of Göttingen.

     
  • July 18-22, 2015:
    We are attending the European Biophysics Congress EBSA2015 in Dresden.



     
  • June 19, 2015:
    Jennifer Tang won 1st Prize in the oral student competition in the Division of Medical and Biological Physics at CAP in Edmonton! She was then one of the 8 finalists for the overall competition and won the CAP BEST STUDENT ORAL PRESENTATION COMPETITION!!! Congratulations!




     

  • June 18, 2015:
    Jenn Tang's work in Alzheimer's disease is featured on Physics World!
     
  • June 14-19, 2015:
    Jennifer Tang and Maikel Rheinstadter are attending the 2015 Congress of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) in Edmonton, Canada.
    Maikel was serving as the Chair of the Division of Medical and Biological Physics.
     
  • May 14, 2015:
    Adree Khondker presented at Intel ISEF 2015 and wins big: Spectroscopy - 3rd Place Award by Intel ISEF and Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh. Congratulations, Adree!!! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/_naU0OZxO0w



     
  • Adree Khondker, currently a grade 12 student at Westdale Secondary School, won one of the top prizes at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair with a project that he conducted in our lab!

     
  • May, 2015:
    Jenn Tang has just started to work in the lab during summer for her USRA project!
     
  • April 11, 2015:
    Laura Toppozini presented her latest project "A 2-dimensional Diffusion Map of Membrane Hydration Water" at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2015 in Toronto.

     
  • April 11, 2015:
    Jenn Tang presented her project "The Formation of Alzheimer's Plaques in Synthetic Membranes" at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2015 in Toronto.


     
  • April 11, 2015:
    Asfia Soomro presented her research practicum project "Hair as a Diagnostic Tool" at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2015 in Toronto.

     
  • April 11, 2015:
    Lily Zhang presented her thesis project "X-ray Study of Human Hair Structure" at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2015 in Toronto.

     
  • April 10, 2015:
    Rick Alsop talked about "Aspirin Inhibits the Formation of Cholesterol Rafts in Fluid Lipid Membranes" at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2015 in Toronto.


     
  • March 31, 2015:
    Adree Khondker made third place at BASEF 2015 with the project 'Membrane-Based Medicine: Quantifying Cortisone Interactions through X-Ray Diffraction' that he conducted in our lab!
     
  • March 31, 2015:
    Adree Khondker presented his project "Quantifying Cortisone Interactions with Lipid Membranes through X-Ray Diffraction " at BASEF 2015.

     
  • March 31, 2015:
    Dr. Rheinstadter was invited to speak at the Integrated Science Symposium 2015 at McMaster.
     
  • March 30, 2015:
    Richard also was awarded an NSERC PGSD scholarship. Congratulations; well deserved, Rick!
     
  • March 30, 2015:
    Former lab member Hannah Dies was awarded a prestigious NSERC Vanier scholarship. Congratulations, Hannah!
     
  • March 2-6, 2015:
    Maikel was invited to "Mechanistic Studies in Membrane Biophysics: Experiments and Theory" in Telluride CO, organized by Ed Lyman and Peter Tieleman. Thanks for having me for this great workshop!


     
  • January 9-11, 2015:
    Jenn Tang and Mindy Chapman presented their work at the Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWIP) at the Université Laval, Québec, QC. Jenn talked about "The Formation of Alzheimer’s Plaques in Synthetic Membranes ". Mindy's poster was titled "Formation of RNA from nucleotides in different environments". Congratulations!


     
  • December 12, 2014:
    Jenn and Maikel are conducting a neutron experiment at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France! Big thanks to Karin Schmalzl for having us!




     
  • November 21, 2014:
    Fei-Chi Yang is now officially Master Fei-Chi! Congratulations, well done!!!


     
  • November 13, 2014:
    Richard Alsop won first prize for his poste
    r "The Interaction of Common Drugs with Lipid Membranes" presented at the Fourth Annual Niels Bohr International Academy Workshop-School on ESS Science, November 10-14 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Congratulations, Rick!!!

     
  • November 11, 2014:
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to give the Colloquium in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. Thank you very much for the invitation!

     
  • November 6, 2014:
    Jenn Tang presented her summer research today at the NSERC USRA poster session. Congratulations, Jenn, well done!

     
  • October 25, 2014:
    Jenn Tang presented her project "The Formation of Alzheimer’s Plaques in Synthetic Membranes" at the Canadian Undergraduate Conference at Queen's University. Congratulations, Jenn!!!

     
  • September 19, 2014:
    Fei-Chi Yang successfully defended her Master's thesis "X-Ray Scattering of Biomaterials". Great job, Fei-Chi! Congratulations!!!

     
  • September 17, 2014:
    Rick Alsop was Breaking the Wall of unforeseen drug side-effects at the competition.

     
  • June 20, 2014:
    Rick Alsop made 1st Place for his Oral Presentation at the 2014 CAP Congress in the Division of Medical and Biological Physics. Congratulations, Rick!

     
  • June 16-20, 2014:
    Laura, Fei-Chi, Hannah, Alina, Rick and Maikel are at the 2014 CAP Congress in Sudbury and talking about their projects!






     
  • June 5, 2014:
    Laura, Fei-Chi, Rick and Maikel are visiting the Spallation Neutron
    Source at @ORNL in Tennessee.


     
  • June 1-5, 2014:
    Laura, Fei-Chi and Rick are presenting at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS) in Knoxville, Tennessee. Great job, team!




     
  • May 11-16, 2014:
    Laura, Hannah and Maikel are presenting at QENS 2014 in Autrans, France:




     
  • May, 2014:
    Jennifer Tang joined our team. She will use her NSERC-USRA to investigate the structure of amyloid peptides in Alzheimer's plaques. Welcome, Jenn!

     
  • May 2-4, 2014:
    Laura, Fei-Chi, Rick, Hannah, Jenn and Maikel were presenting at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2014 in Toronto. Another great Symposium; thanks for organizing and having us!






     
  • April 25, 2014:
    Time for a new group photo:

     
  • April 25, 2014:
    End-of-term lunch. Thanks ton for another great year!!!

     
  • April 8, 2014:
    Fei-Chi Yang was awarded the Franke Dennee Scholarship 2013-2014. Congratulations, Fei-Chi! Well deserved!
     
  • April 3, 2014: Graduation Dinner. Meet the Class of 2014:


     
  • April 2, 2014:
    Hannah Dies presented her thesis "Amyloid-
    b protein interactions in biological membranes". Congratulations, Hannah! Well done!

     
  • March 4, 2014:
    Rick explained at the APS March Meeting in Denver, CO, that "Aspirin Increases the Solubility of Cholesterol in DMPC Membranes". Well done, Rick!
     
  • March 4, 2014:
    Fei-Chi spoke at the APS March Meeting in Denver, CO, about her project "Hierarchical, Self-Similar Structure in Native Squid Pen". Congratulations, Fei-Chi!

     
  • March 4, 2014:
    Dr. Rheinstadter was invited by the McMaster Life Science Society to speak at the McMaster Inter-Disciplinary Research Exposition. Thank you very much for the invitation!

     
  • February 20, 2014:
    Laura Toppozini made 1st Place at Neutrons in Biology and Biotechnology NIBB2014! The price was awarded by Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt. Congratulations, Laura!!!

     
  • February 18-22, 2014:
    Laura and Maikel are presenting at Neutrons in Biology and Biotechnology NIBB2014 in Grenoble, France:


     
  • February 2014:
    Laura and Maikel at the Institut Laue-Langevin, the word's most influential center for neutron research. Mille Thanks Karin for the tour!


     
  • February 2014:
    Grenoble Impressions (with former group member Matt Barrett from HZB). Criss explains Cadrans Solaires (sundials):



    January 11, 2014:
    Hannah presented her Alzh
    eimer's project at the Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) at McGill. Awesome poster, Hannah!!!

     
  • December 21, 2013:
    Happy Holidays! Elves are around, give them a click!

     
  • December 6, 2013:
    Nikolaus Party! Guess who is behind that beard...;-)

     
  • November 27, 2013:
    Prof. Christian Wagner from Saarland University was visiting McMaster and giving our Physics and Astronomy Colloquium.

     
  • November 25, 2013:
    Dr. Rheinstadter is giving this week's Origins Institute Colloquium and is talking about "Molecular Evolution".

     
  • October 25-26, 2013:
    We were hosting the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering Annual General Meeting 2013 at McMaster. It was a great meeting and Laura, Rick, Fei-Chi and Hannah were presenting their projects:





     
  • October 20, 2013:
    Hannah made 1st place at the CUPC2013 for her talk in the area of Biophysics/Soft Matter. Epically awesome, Hannah!!!



     
  • October 20, 2013:
    Hannah Dies is presenting her project 'The Interaction of Amyloid-β with Multicomponent Lipid Membranes' at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference CUPC2013 hosted by McMaster. Congratulations, Hannah! Great talk! Hannah was also one of the organizers of this great conference.

     
  • October 1, 2013:
    Prof.
    Rheinstadter is talking about 'Frontiers in Membrane Biophysics' at the NSLS-II Early Experiment Workshop specialized on inelastic X-ray scattering at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

     
  • September 2013:
    Rick Alsop has re-joined the group as Master's student. He will study the interaction between lipid membranes with common drugs. Welcome, Rick!
     
  • September 2013:
    Lily Zhang has joined the lab to study Giant Axonal Neuropathy. Welcome, Lily!
     
  • September 2013:
    Bonnie Cheung has joined the group for her Health Science Inquiry Project about Alzheimer's disease. Welcome, Bonnie!
     
  • September 3, 2013:
    Fei-Chi presente
    d her project "Hierarchical, Self-Similar Structure
    in Native Squid Pen" at Symposium day @McMaster and gave a very nice talk. Congratulations, Fei-Chi!


     
  • August 29, 2013:
    Laura and Maikel are
    presenting at the AMMCS 2013 in Waterloo. Cristiano Dias organized a special session 'Simulations in Soft Matter and Molecular Bio-Physics'. Thanks for inviting us, Cristiano!

     
  • August 23, 2013:
    Laura and Maikel are conducting experiments at CNBC at Chalk River at the moment. Thanks ton, Zahra, for having us and all your help!
    Here with John Katsaras...

    Laura and Zahra installing collimation to measure cholesterol rafts in lipid membranes:
  • Maikel installing the humidity chamber:

     
  • August 3, 2013:
    Small science on big machines!

     
  • July 29, 2013:
    Laura and Maikel are currently conducting a neutron experiment using LET at ISIS in the UK. Thanks for having us, Vicky, and thanks to Rob B. and Rob D. for local contacting!





     
  • July 15, 2013:
    Laura's paper "Static Magnetic Fields Enhance Lipid Order in Native Plant Plasma Membrane" (Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 6804 (2013), PDF) has been Featured in the Soft Matter Emerging Investigators themed issue 2013.
     
  • July 2, 2013:
    Trip to the Harbourfront!

     
  • June 27, 2013:
    Laura Toppozini was awarded a very prestigious NSERC-CGS Scholarship! Congratulations, Laura!!!
     
  • June 27, 2013:
    Hannah Dies was awarded the
    Gladys A. Young Scholarship. Congratulations, Hannah; well deserved!
     
  • June 18, 2013:
    Hannah is the face of McMaster USRA!

     
  • June 6-7, 2013:
    The research teams of Drs. Cecile Fradin, An-Chang Shi, Paul Higgs, Kari Dalnoki-Veress and Maikel Rheinstadter organized a two day workshop at the WestWind Inn.


     
  • June 3-7, 2013:
    Hannah Dies, Fei-Chi Yang and Rick Alsop are attending the Neutron Summer School at Chalk River
    .
    The Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering
     
  • June 1, 2013:
    Private concert at Heathrow

     
  • May 30, 2013:
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to present at the Neutrons and Life Sciences Conference in Lund, Sweden. Thanks, Hanna Wacklin, for the invitation and the organization of this great meeting!

     
  • May 28, 2013:
    Maikel is visiting the ESS!

     
  • May 27, 2013:
    Dr. Rheinstadter is visiting the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen to meet with Prof. Thomas Heimburg.
    Thomas and Maikel are writing History!



     
  • April 2013:
    Farewell BBQ for Clare! All the best for you!



     
  • April 2013
    Laura, Fei-Chi and Maikel are presenting at the Chemical Biophysics Symposium 2013 in Toronto, April 19-21




     
  • April 17th, 2013:
    Clare Armstrong, PhD!
    Clare defended her PhD today. Congratulations, Dr Clare!




     
  • March 2013
    Laura Toppozini was awarded an NSERC PGS post graduate scholarship for her PhD work in the Laboratory for Membrane and Protein Dynamics! Congratulations, Laura!

     
  • February 2013
    Hannah Dies was awarded an NSERC USRA to work in our lab during the summer. Congratulations, Hannah! Well deserved and we are very much looking forward to having you!
     
  • February 18, 2013
    Fei-Chi is investigating molecular chitin structure of squid pen!

     
  • February 5, 2013
    Clare Armstrong is the speaker of the Physics Colloquium at Brock University. She is talking about "Frontiers in Membrane Biophysics".
     
  • February 2013, dino attacks

     
  • January 2013
    Laura Toppozini was awarde
    d the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology. Congratulations! Well deserved, Laura!
     
  • Happy Holidays 2012! (check out santasnaps.mcmaster.ca)

     
  • December 5th: Nikolaus Party 2012! HoHoHo...;-)






     
  • November 2012
    Hannah presented a beautiful poster at the NSERC-USRA poster session on the projects she worked on over summer. Congratulations, fantastic job, Hannah!!! Hannah also attended the CUPC 2012 in Vancouver !

     
  • October 2012
    Clare, Laura, Fei-Chi and Maikel are presenting at the Annual General Meeting 2012 of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering (CINS) at Brock University. Thanks for the great organization to Thad and Drew!
    Maikel gave an overview of the work done in the Laboratory for Membrane and Protein Dynamics. Clare, Laura and Fei-Chi had beautiful posters. Clare won the award for the best poster. Congratulations!!!



     
  • October 2012
    Clare and Maikel are invited to present at the JCNS Workshop 2012: Trends and Perspectives in Neutron Scattering for Soft Matter and Biophysics at the Evangelische Akademie in Tutzing, close to Munich. This was a very inspiring meeting. We also visited the FRMII reactor at the Technical University and JCNS!





     
  • September 2012
    Fei-Chi is joining our group to work on her Master's degree. Welcome; we are very excited!
     
  • August 2012
    We are conducting a neutron scattering experiment at Chalk River. We have a high cholesterol membrane on N5 to hopefully decipher the molecular structure of the liquid ordered phase.

  • July 2012
    We are currently conducting a neutron spin-echo experiment at the NIST Center for Neutron Research at Gaithersburg with Antonio and Michi.



     
  • July 2012
    Matt Barrett is leaving us for a PhD in neutron physics at the Helmholtz Center Berlin in Germany with Dr. Klaus Kiefer and Dr. Thomas Hauss. It was great having you Matt. All the best!!! We had a nice farewell BBQ...
     
  • June 2012
    We attended the American Conference on Neutron Scattering 2012 at the Georgetown University in Washington DC.
    Laura: Poster (about ethanol in membranes), perfect!
    Matt: Talk (about chain formation in ferrofluids), perfect!
    Clare: Talk (about nanodomains in membranes), perfect!
     
  • June 2012
    Matt Barrett is now Master Matt! Congratulations to your Master's degree. Title of his thesis is "Structure and Dynamics of Model Systems: From Ferrofluids to Brain Membranes"
     
  • May 2012
    Hannah Dies is the recipient of a NSERC USRA award to do research in our lab over the summer. Congratulations and welcome, Hannah!
     
  • April 2012
    Our group had several
    contributions at the 2012 Chemical Biophysics Symposium at Toronto:
    Matt gave a fantastic talk about his work on the interaction between Asprin and membranes:


    Laura had a beautiful poster about her work on RNA polymerization:


    Richard was very busy explaining his ideas about the Low-Dose-Aspirin Therapy:


    And Clare gave a seminal talk about her new technique to detect rafts in membranes:

    and handled the many questions very well:



     
  • September 23, 2011
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to give the colloquium in the Department of Physics at McGill University
     
  • September 20, 2011
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to give a colloquium in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
     
  • September 2011
    Richard Alsop is joining our lab to conduct his 4th year thesis in experimental biophysics. Welcome!
     
  • August 25, 2011
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to give a lecture at the 8th European Biophysics Congress (EBSA2011) in Budapest. This was a very stimulating meeting at a fantastic location!

     
  • August 2011
    Laura Toppozini is joining the team as PhD student. Great to have you, Laura!
     
  • August 15, 2011
    Martin Kaye has very successfully defended his Master's thesis. Congratulations, Master Martin!!!
     
  • August 1-12, 2011
    We are conducting an experiment at the CNBC Chalk River to see nanodomains in lipid membranes. Experiment was a success! Stay tuned...
     
  • June 29-30, 2011
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to give a talk at the
    XDL2011 Workshop 6-
    Frontier Science with X-ray Correlation Spectroscopies using Continuous Sources
    at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. Great meeting; thanks for organizing, Arthur!
     
  • May 9-13, 2011
    We (Clare, Martin, Matt, Songbo and Maikel) are attending the 11th Canadian Neutron Scattering Summer School of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering at Chalk River. Thank you so much for organizing, Zahra! This is a great school!



     
  • May 2011
    Clare Armstrong and Matthew Barrett have both been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for their work with proteins in our lab! Congratulations!!!
     
  • March 2011
    Clare Armstrong, Martin Kaye and Matt Barrett have presented their work in talks at the 2011 APS March Meeting in Dallas.
     
  • March, 2011
    Clare Armstrong is the recipient of one (of only 6!) of the 2011 March Meeting Travel Awards of the Division of Biological Physics. Enjoy Dallas!
     
  • March, 2011
    Clare Armstrong has been awarded  an  "Ann Poucher Windsor Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology". Congratulations! Well deserved, Clare!
     
  • February, 2011
    Songbo Zheng has been awarded
    an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards Program to conduct summer research in our lab. Congratulations, Songbo! Well done!
     
  • January 13, 2011
    Prof. Rheinstadter is invited to present at BILL2011. This is a very exciting and stimulating meeting which brings together the experts in our field. (
    http://www.ill.eu/news-events/events/bill2011/programme/) Thanks for organizing, Giovanna! Excellent meeting!
     
  • January, 2011
    We welcome Songbo Zheng in our team! Songbo will study structure of Alzheimer's membranes in our lab.
     
  • December 2010/January 2011
    We wish everybody Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2011!
     
  • December 9, 2010
    Prof. Rheinstadter was serving on a thesis committee in Grenoble, France. Congratulations, Dr. Marcus Trapp! Well done!
     
  • November 23, 2010
    The installation of our brand new Rigaku SmartLab is currently taking  place. Today we were very happy to see for the first time:







     
  • October/November 2010:
    We are currently running an experiment at the Cold Neutron Chopper Spectrometer at the SNS. Experimental team Clare, Martin, Maikel, Dr. Karin Schmalzl from the ILL in Grenoble, and Dr. Thomas Hauss from the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. Stay tuned for exciting data!
     
    There was also time for a hike in the Smokey Mountains

     
  • October 2010
    We are getting ready for an experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge. In this cutting edge experiment we will study protein-protein interactions in a biological membrane under physiological conditions in-situ

    Clare, Dr. Thomas Hauss from HZB and Matt preparing samples
     
  • October 15th, 2010
    2010 General Meeting of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering in Saskatoon: The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada
     
  • September 2010
    We conducted the first neutron scattering experiment at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre at Chalk River after NRU's long shutdown. In a very exciting experiment we were able to observe nanodomains in lipid membranes. We are very happy that the neutrons are back to Canada!
     
  • September 2010
    Nick Jago and Michael Moore joined the lab to conduct their senior thesis. Great to have you! They will develop protocols to make model brain membranes and conduct and analyze the first x-ray experiments on iX, our brand new membrane diffractometer.
     
  • September 2010
    Construction of our lab, the CFI funded Laboratory for Membrane and Protein Dynamics is almost completed. Check out the lab pages and stay tuned!
     
  • July 2010
    Matthew Barrett has joined our group. Welcome! He will first work a magnetic fluids before going bio and preparing model brain membranes and model Alzheimer's plaques.

    June 15th, 2010
    Prof. Rheinstadter is teaching at the CIFAR Summer Forum on Interdisciplinary Nano Science, June 13-17, 2010, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
     
  • June 11th, 2010:
    Clare Armstrong received the award for The Best Student Oral Presentation at the 2010 CAP Congress. Congratulations!!!
    Clare's presentation "Protein-Protein Interactions in Membranes" has been selected as best presentation in the Division of Medical and Biological Physics before entering the final competition.

     
  • June 2010:
    Clare Armstrong and Martin Kaye have presentations at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS) 2010 in Ottawa.
     
  • June 2010:
    Clare Armstrong, Martin Kaye and Maikel Rheinstädter have presentations at the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Congress 2010 in Toronto.
     
  • April 2010:
    Clare Armstrong's beam time propos
    al "Concerted protein dynamics of bacteriorhopdopsin in purple membrane" has been awarded 6 days of beam time on the Cold Neutron Chopper Spectrometer (CNCS) at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). Congratulations!
     
  • April 2010:
    Prof. Rheinstadter was interviewed by The Hamilton Spectator about the isotope and neutron beam crisis in Canada. (Read the article: PDF, HTML)
     
  • April 2010:
    Prof. Rheinstadter has been appointed Member of the Science Review Committee for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) neutron scattering facilities.
     
  • December 16, 2009:
    Our Laboratory has been
    awarded a grant by the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund. Read the Daily News article.
     
  • December 8, 2009:
    Our neutron beam time proposal "Proteins at work: light-induced protein dynamics of bacteriorhopdopsin in purple membrane" has been awarded 14 days of beam time on the triple-axis spectrometer V2/FLEX at the Berlin Neutron Scattering Center. Allocation of beam time is a very competitive process and we are very happy. Congratulations!
     
  • November 27/28, 2009:
    The Soft-Matter and Biophysics group at McMaster organized its first SoftmatterBio@MAC Retreat, November 27-28, 2009.