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Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research features article by Brad O'Dell in 2013 Structural Biology Program brochure

The DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) provides support to key structural biology resources including synchrotron and neutron scattering user facilities throughout the country. In its most recent program brochure, the paper entitled "Sol–Gel Entrapped Light Harvesting Antennas: Immobilization and Stabilization of Chlorosomes for Energy Harvesting" represented the Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CSMB) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. NCSU Biochemistry Graduate Student Brad O'Dell was the lead author of this paper published in the November 14, 2012 issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

Brad performed this research during his post-bachelor's internship with CSMB at ORNL prior to joining the Biochemistry Department. Several NCSU Biochemistry faculty members maintain active collaborations with ORNL, and Dr. Flora Meilleur is as a joint faculty member between NCSU and ORNL where she is lead instrument scientist for the neutron protein diffractometer IMAGINE. Brad joined Dr. Meilleur's group in 2012 and looks forward to continuing collaborative research on oxidative degradation of cellulose between our department and ORNL.
A light-harvesting antenna of certain green bacteria can be entrapped in wet silicate glasses formed by sol–gel methods without disruption or distortion of its self-assembled bacteriochlorophyll subunits as demonstrated by small angle neutron scattering studies of the biohybrid material.