Dr. Crina Nimigean, an associate professor of physiology and biophysics in anesthesiology, was named president-elect of the Society of General Physiologists (SGP) at its 73rd Annual Symposium. The SGP is dedicated to promoting the study of fundamental biological mechanisms through comprehensive, systematic and quantitative investigation. Dr. Nimigean will assume the presidency on January 1, 2020.
During the symposium, held September 4-7 in Valparaiso, Chile, Dr. Nimigean moderated a discussion titled “Structural perspectives on permeation and selectivity.” Dr. Phillip Schmidpeter, a postdoctoral associate in the Nimigean lab, presented a poster titled "Native-state prolyl isomerization is involved in the activation of a CNG channel."
"The meeting was fantastic,” said Dr. Schmidpeter, who received a travel award to attend. “It provided insights into cutting-edge research in all fields of physiology, from protein structure and function to cell imaging and patient-related research.”
Also attending the symposium: Dr. Alessio Accardi, an associate professor of physiology and biophysics in anesthesiology, chaired a session titled "Structural and functional approaches to gating." Dr. Maria Falzone, a graduate student in the Accardi lab, gave a talk on "Structural basis of lipid and ion transport by TMEM16 scramblases."