We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism
The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country.
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
• We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia.
• We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community.
• We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face.
• We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff.
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.
The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) featured our Assistant Professor of bioengineering Giulia Palermo’s research in its 2018 Young Investigators Virtual Issue released in July.
Her publication, “Protospacer adjacent motif-induced allostery activates CRISPR-Cas9,” was selected as one of 26 publications from young investigators featured in the special issue and highlighted in the cover of JACS with an artwork by the authors.
“This is a beautiful molecular dynamics study of how CRISPR-Cas9, the revolutionary new genome editing technology, is allosterically activated by a protospacer adjacent motif (PAM). Palermo's group shows that upon binding of PAM, a series of conformational changes are triggered, activating the Cas9 catalytic domains responsible for concerted cleavage of the two DNA strands. . . the study highlights the utility of theoretical studies in providing deep mechanistic insights that are simply not accessible experimentally,” said Professor Michelle Coote, associate editor for JACS.
Hyperlink to special issue: here