Outstanding scholar athlete award | April 26, 2023
Undergraduate student Caitlin Bartels won the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award at the SDSU Sports Clubs 2023 Awards Banquet. Caitlin was selected out of hundreds of athletes across 22 different sports for this recognition, representing the Women’s Club Water Polo team. The award goes to the athlete that excelled in their respective sport, demonstrated incredible academic achievements, and was involved in both on campus and off campus extracurricular activities.
New Computational tool for Capsids | March 1, 2023
The lab Project led by masters student Colin Brown was released on BioRxiv titled “pyCapsid: Identifying dominant dynamics and quasi-rigid mechanical units in protein shells”. The package pyCapsid is available on GitHub, Conda and PIP and the package installation steps are described here.
Application Submitted to NSF GRFP | October 21, 2022
Masters student Aurora Vogel submitted an application for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated the potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, early in their careers. Vogel is investigating the geometry of conical capsids (like HIV) in the Luque lab and is a prospective Ph.D. student in Mathematics.
Invited seminar at UM | September 21, 2022
Principal Investigator, Dr. Antoni Luque, was invited as a speaker at the Fall 2022 seminar series in the Department of Physics at the University of Miami (UM). Dr. Luque shared the lab’s progress in bridging the biophysics and evolution of viral capsids. The seminar was hosted by Prof. Vivek N. Prakash. The seminar was preceded by a coffee with graduate students, postdocs, and other faculty.
Invited seminar at SDSU | September 14, 2022
Masters student Aurora Vogel was an invited speaker in the Fall 2022 seminar series at San Diego State University (SDSU). Aurora shared her current research progress in developing a general geometric framework for describing viral architectures. The seminar was hosted by Professor Chris O’Neill.
Invited seminar at UM | August 29, 2022
Principal Investigator, Dr. Antoni Luque, was the first invited speaker in the Fall 2022 seminar series of the Department of Biology at the University of Miami (UM). Dr. Luque shared the lab’s progress in bridging the biophysics and evolution of viral capsids. The seminar was hosted by Prof. Alex Wilson , and it was followed by a lunch with graduate students.
Invited seminar at FAME, Flinders University, Australia | August 17, 2022
Principal Investigator, Dr. Antoni Luque, visited the Flinders Accelerator for Microbiome Exploration (FAME) at [Flinders University]((https://www.flinders.edu.au/) (Adelaide, Australia) to present the latest progress of the Luque lab in the prediction of viral capsids from metagenomic data. The directors of the center, Professors Rob Edwards and Liz Dinsdale, hosted the research visit.
Poster contributions to the Virus of Microbes meeting | July 20, 2022
Postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Sergio Cobo-López presented a poster on his new approach to analyzing transient dynamics and its potential application to viral ecology at the international Virus of Microbes (VoM) meeting, which took place in Guimarães (Portugal). Principal investigator, Dr. Antoni Luque, also presented a poster highlighting the lab’s progress in predicting the capsid architecture of viruses from metagenomic data.
Talk contribution to the Virus Structure and Assembly Conference| June 27, 2022
Principal Investigator, Dr. Antoni Luque, gave a talk at the international FASEB Virus Structure and Assembly Conference that took place in Southbridge, Massachusetts (USA). Dr. Luque shared the latest work of the lab in predicting the architecture of viral capsids from isolated and metagenomically assembled genomes. The talk highlighted the recent publication led by Ph.D. candidate Diana Y. Lee in the Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.
Invited talk at the evolution series of El Colegio Nacional in Mexico City | June 10, 2022
Dr. Antoni Luque was invited by Professor Antonio Lazcano to contribute to the evolution series Los Viernes de la Evolución at El Colegio Nacional. Dr. Luque gave the first contribution in person in the cycle after the event had operated online for two years due to the pandemic. Dr. Luque shared his lab’s research findings about identifying some of the most ancestral viruses related to tailed bacteriophages (the most abundant viruses on the planet). The talk was in Spanish and was titled “En busca de los virus perdidos”. It was broadcasted across multiple Latin American countries and is available online on YouTube. After the talk, El Colegio Nacional published a press release summarizing the most relevant aspects of the talk and the conversation that followed with Prof. Lazcano and the audience.
International Virus Bioinformatics Meeting 2022 | March 23, 2022
The Luque lab presented the latest findings on how to predict the capsid architecture of viruses in metagenomes at the International Virus Bioinformatics Meeting 2022 on 23-25 March 2022. An extended summary of the contribution has been published in the Virus Bioinformatics conference report in the journal Viruses.
Invited talk at UC Merced | March 9, 2022
The principal investigator Dr. Antoni Luque presented the latest research on “Bridging the biophysics and evolution of viruses” at University of California Merced. The abstract of the talk can be viewed on the UC Merced Applied Mathematics page.
Student Research Symposium (SRS) 2022 | Mar 4, 2022
Caitlin Bartels a member of the Luque Lab presented a poster at the SRS 2022 at SDSU titled “Study of the 3D Molecular Structure of Viral Capsid Building Blocks.
Student Research Symposium (SRS) 2022 | Mar 4, 2022
Colin Brown a member of the Luque Lab presented a talk at the SRS 2022 at SDSU titled “Classifying Icosahedral Capsids via Quasi-Rigid Domain Subdivision.
CSRC colloquium | Feb 11, 2022
The principal investigator Dr. Antoni Luque presented the latest research on “Bridging the Biophysics and Evolution of Viruses” at the CSRC Colloquium. Dr. Luque introduced the generalized quasi-equivalence theory of icosahedral architectures as a framework to investigate systematically viral architectures and their protein components, showed how the physical relationship between the protein shell and genome of viruses has opened the door to characterize uncultured viruses, predict the existence of unknown viruses, and engineer new viruses from the environment and discussed a novel physical mechanism that may hold the key to how viruses explore different viral architectures. The talk can be viewed on the CSRC YouTube page.
Math is magical | Feb 11, 2022
Diana Lee’s work associated with the Luque Lab and her journey to her first author paper identifying links between the shape and genes of virus has been highlighted by SDSU in the College of Sciences website. With data on hundreds of tail phages, the largest subgroup of bacteriophages, Diana refined a machine learning algorithm called a “random forest” which can predict which features of a virus’s genome determine the shape of its shell.
Alumni publish capstone project findings on particle diffusion in mucus | Dec 17, 2021
Antonio Cobarrubia’s work associated with the Luque lab has been highlighted by SDSU in the Department of Physics website. Antonio developed his senior thesis in physics in the lab in a collaborative project with two other physics students, Jarod Tall and Austin Crispin-Smith. The research article has been published in Frontiers in Physics, comparing more than 100 published experiments of diffusion of particles in mucus and introducing a new framework for the anomalous diffusion of these particles.
Are you new here? Tracing the origin of viruses | Dec 13, 2021
With support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Luque lab is exploring with three other groups at the Viral Information Institute (Rohwer lab, Segall lab, and Edwards lab) whether some viruses pop up spontaneously.
Postdoctoral researcher awarded with fellowship Margarita Salas | Nov 12, 2021
Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sergio Cobo López has been awarded the fellowship Margarita Salas from the Spanish Government to continue his research in phage-bacterial ecology and complex systems in biology during the next two years. He will be working with Principal Investigators Dr. Antoni Luque and Dr. Forest Rohwer at San Diego State University in 2023 and Principal Investigators Dr. Roger Guimerà Manrique and Dr. Marta Sales-Pardo from the Sees:lab at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain.
Selected in the San Diego State Research Highlights 2019-20 | Dec 21, 2020
The lab research on the architecture of viral capsids was selected by San Diego State University in the 2019-20 Research Highlights. The lab accomplishments included a new framework to investigate icosahedral capsids (Twarock and Luque, Nature Communications, 2019) and a National Science Foundation Award by the Mathematical Biology program to predict the geometry of viral capsids from genomic information.
CSRC colloquium | Oct 16, 2022
The principal investigator Dr. Antoni Luque presented the latest research on “Structural Puzzles in Virology Solved with an Overarching Icosahedral Design Principle”,at the CSRC Colloquium. The talk can be viewed on the CSRC YouTube page.