Alex Kreutzberger wins Student Research Achievement Award at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Congratulations to Alex Kreutzberger for winning the Student Research Achievement Award from the Biophysical Society. Participants had to be the first author on the abstract submitted for presentation and to present the abstract as a poster at the Meeting. Participants were asked to give a three-to-five-minute presentation of their posters to one or more judges.   … [Read more...]

Interview of Lukas Tamm- Biophysical Society President

The Biophysical Society Newsletter interviewed Dr. Tamm for their February 2017. To read the interview click here: … [Read more...]

Scientists from Tamm Lab attended the Biophysical Society meeting in Ascona, Switzerland

Co-organized by Dr. Lukas Tamm, the Biophysical Society meeting in Ascona, Switzerland was well attended by many UVA scientists. Liposomes, Exosomes, and Virosomes: From Modeling Complex Membrane Processes to Medical Diagnostics and Drug Delivery The meeting took place September 11-16, 2016 covering recent developments for investigating biochemical reactions and networks at, in, and across membranes of artificial and cell membrane-derived vesicles. Themes included: imaging membrane proteins and their biochemical reactions by light- and electron-optical and force microscopy at small … [Read more...]

Tamm Lab at the July, 2016 FASEB Summer Research Conference in Snowmass, CO

                        The UVA School of Medicine was well represented at the July, 2016 FASEB Summer Research Conference in Snowmass, CO. Included in this photo are many UVA SOM people including Dr. Lukas Tamm, co-chair and organizer of the meeting (center front row), and Dr. Mark Yeager (center back row), Chair of Molecular Physiology.  Tamm Lab members Laura Odongo, Alex Kreutzberger, Jinwoo Lee, Volker Kiessling, Binyong Liang, Maya Cabot and former member Heedeok Hong. Dr. David Cafiso, Dr. … [Read more...]

Alex Kreutzberger – Best Student Poster Award FASEB

Congratulations to Alex Kreutzberger for winning the Best Student Poster Award at the FASEB research conference on Molecular Biophysics of Membranes held in Snowmass, CO in July 2016. Alex works in the lab of Lukas Tamm and his poster was entitled “Calcium-mediated docking and fusion of purified dense core vesicles with reconstituted membranes" … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Sung-Tae Yang and Volker Kiessling with Lukas Tamm for their contribution to Nature Communications

Abstract Lipids and proteins are organized in cellular membranes in clusters, often called ‘lipid rafts’. Although raft-constituent ordered lipid domains are thought to be energetically unfavourable for membrane fusion, rafts have long been implicated in many biological fusion processes. For the case of HIV gp41-mediated membrane fusion, this apparent contradiction can be resolved by recognizing that the interfaces between ordered and disordered lipid domains are the predominant sites of fusion. Here we show that line tension at lipid domain boundaries contributes significant energy to … [Read more...]