Doxorubicin is released using light from the surface of bacteriophage Qβ and shows very little toxicity in the dark but is quite effective when activated. To achieve the low "dark toxicity" however, required development of a method to modify the capsid at a second site in an orthogonal fashion. Zhuo Chen, Na Li, Luxi Chen and Jiyong Lee contributed.
Madushani Dharmawardana has been awarded a Travel Award from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre to attend the 2016 American Crystallographic Association's annual meeting in Denver. Congrats Madushani!
First year student Hamilton Lee won UTD's Eric Moore Scholarship, a merit based scholarship that goes toward his stipend. Congrats Hamilton!
Welcome Candace Benjamin and Hamilton Lee!
Our recent "chemical virology" review focusing on virus-like particles has been published in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. It focuses primarily on the development of polymer-based chemistry on VLPs to make new materials for drug delivery and diagnostic agents. Congrats authors!