Guoliang Yang Memorial Mini-Symposium


Drexel University hosted a Memorial Mini-Symposium to honor Dr. Guoliang Yang's contributions in the field of atomic-force single molecule spectroscopy on February 1, 2013.

Guoliang studied the central problem of protein folding and stability, and he developed a novel, temperature-control device for the Atomic Force Microscopy. More recently he was interested in understanding experimentally the effect of crowding in protein properties and in understanding the basic science of the interaction between DNA and proteins in cellular reproduction.

Guoliang will also be remembered as a caring, conscientious, and enthusiastic teacher who taught at all levels of the physics curriculum. His advanced and interdisciplinary courses, which he developed, were well-received by both students and faculty.

For more information please contact Jian-Min Yuan, PhD, at



How the ribosome modulates nascent protein folding. Carlos Bustamante, University of California, Berkeley, USA
What a stretch - the extraordinary mechanical properties of fibrin fibers. Martin Guthold, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA
Understanding the overstretch transition in dsDNA. One mechanism is not enough. Steven B. Smith, TweezersLab, Albuquerque
Coffee Break
The interaction of PcrA DNA helicase with RecA filaments on DNA, one-at-a-time. Sanford Leuba, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA
Effects of macromolecular crowding on protein stability and aggregation. Jian-Min Yuan, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
Open time for people to speak about Guoliang
Macromolecular crowding effects in the mechanical unfolding forces of proteins. Marisa Roman, Ursinus College, Collegeville, USA
Investigation of the interaction between CTCF and DNA using AFM imaging. Runcong Liu, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA


Organizing Committee

Xingshu Zhu, PhD,, Merck
David Dunlap, PhD,, Emory University
Sanford Leuba, PhD,, University of Pittsburgh
Jian-Min Yuan, PhD,, Drexel University


Guoliang Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been started to support students pursuing a PhD in Biophysics at Drexel University "The Guoliang Yang Award for Excellency in Biophysics Research". For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

John Zabinski
Senior Vice President

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