Funding News

We gratefully acknowledge support of our work over these years by the following sources:

Virginia Tech, Biological Sciences and Chemistry Departments, Virginia Tech College of Science
National Science Foundation
National Institutes of Health, Instrumentational Support
National Institutes of Health, The Eunice Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
American Heart Association
Concern Foundation
Wendy Will Case Foundation
The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Memorial Trust

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech
Commonwealth Research Initiative at Virginia Tech
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Fralin Institute
Virginia Academy of Science
Sigma Xi

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease

2017 News

We have been funded by the 4-VA TLOS competitive research grant in collaboration with University of Virginia with a project that involves Disabled-2 function in cancer.

In a team work with Chuanhui Chen (Chenggang Tao’s lab), Wen Xiong received the Collaboration Incentive Award from the Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics. Congrats, Wen!

The undergraduate students Andrew Biscardi (Biological Sciences) joined our group in the Spring semester of 2017.

Undergraduate students Sarah Kivimaki (Biological Sciences), Evan Littleton (Biological Sciences), and Garrett Craft (Biological Systems Engineering) will join the lab in the fall of 2017.

The Second Molecular Biophysics Symposium took place on April 20 at the Biocomplexity Institute. We had a wonderful time with the visits of Linda Columbus (University of Virginia) and Mark Foster (Ohio State University) as keynote speakers.


2016 News

Wen Xiong received the 2016 Best Oral Presentation at the Virginia Academy of Science, Structural Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics Section.

Wei Song (Shandong University) will join our lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2016. Welcome to or group, Wei!

Tiffany Raddle (Bob Jones University), Phillip Choi (Virginia Tech), and Morgan Vaughn (New River Community College) will be the 2016 interns in the lab. Welcome all!

More news about Wei Song. She was rewarded with the prestigious ICTAS pre-doctoral fellowship. Congratulations, Wei!

The Biophysical Society awarded us to organize the Second Molecular Biophysics Symposium at Virginia Tech. Stay tuned!


2015 News

Xiaolin has been awarded with the 2015 Education Travel Award by the Biophysical Society.

Elizabeth Brown, Junior in Biological Sciences has been awarded by the Stacey Smith Biology Research Award. Good job, Elizabeth!

Tuo-Xian Tang (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) will join our lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2015. Welcome to our group, Tuo-Xian!

Wen Xiong (Dalian Nationalities University) will also join our lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2015. Welcome to our group, Wen!

James "Michael" Hodge will be the 2015 MAOP intern. Welcome, Mike!

Two MAOP interns will be working in our lab this summer. They are Saharla Afquarshe and James “Michael” Hodge.

Mary Kate Brannon successfully defended her M.S. thesis work. Congrats, Mary Kate!

Our paper describing the structural basis of Tollip interaction with Tom1 is now in press in Structure!In addition our work was publicized in media, including at VT news (, Medical News Today, Forbes, News Wise, Scicasts, etc.

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Daniel G. S. Capelluto
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences Department
Biocomplexity Institute 263C
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0477
Phone: (540) 231-0974

College of Science



Department of Biological Sciences
2125 Derring Hall
Mail Code 0406
Virginia Tech
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Last update 31 May 2017