By Renee Royal
This past March 5-9, 2011, the NICHD members of the Program in Physical Biology (PPB) presented their research at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, MD. It was an exciting time to share research with others, learn about new research, and meet fellow scientists.
One of the highlights of the conference was a reunion dinner, bringing together 45 people, including current and former members of the NICHD PPB and friends. The gathering was held at P.F. Chang's in downtown Baltimore with three generations of scientists present! Many of the current PPB researchers in building 9 attended, along with former PPB members and some of their current students.
Dr. Adrian Parsegian, former Chief of the Laboratory on Physical and Structural Biology of NICHD, which has now been subsumed into the PPB, attended this festive event. Adrian is now the Robert L. Gluckstern Chair in Physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The former PPB members who came to the dinner include Drs. Daniel Harries, Senior Lecturer at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, Xiangyun Qiu, Assistant Professor at George Washington University, and Horia Petrache, Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
The evening was one to remember, consisting of merriment, stories, and science—all in the company of new and old friends.