International travel award for biophysics researcher

Dr Heidi Koldsų

Dr Heidi Koldsø

Dr Heidi Koldsø, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Professor Mark Sansom, has been awarded a ‘Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women’ Travel Award from the US-based Biophysical Society. The award recognises her achievements as a young female researcher.

Dr Koldsø was selected as a recipient of the award and will present an abstract at the Biophysical Society’s 57th Annual Meeting to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania next February. The grant of $500 will assist her trip to the meeting, the biggest Biophysics meeting in the world which is attended by more than 6000 scientists.

The meeting is a key event in the year for biophysics researchers and highlights current and future trends in the field. For young researchers such as Dr Koldsø, it is particularly important as it offers an efficient platform for them to present and discuss their projects.

The abstract that Dr Koldsø will present at the meeting is entitled ‘Signal Transduction by a Cytokine Receptor: Multi-Scale Computational Studies of the Membrane Associated gp130 Receptor Complex.’ It describes her research applying multi-scale molecular dynamics simulations to provide insight into some of the steps which occur in or around the membrane during signal transduction via the gp130 receptor complex. Dr Koldsøhas also been probing the protein-protein interactions in the complex in physiologically relevant membranes.

As a postdoc in the Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Biochemistry Unit in the department, Dr Koldsø is supported by a personal fellowship from the Alfred Benzon Foundation in Denmark.

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