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Alex Hurben, a graduate student in the Doran lab, has been selected as a trainee for the NIH T32 Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant. The grant program allows first-rate students to grow into accomplished professionals both in their primary area of interest and in a complementary field through interdisciplinary research interactions and experiences. Alex will be working with Drs. Doran and Tretyakova to identify harmful oxidation products that drive Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Rick Wagner was interviewed for the University of Minnesota Research Brief discussing his team's recently published work into the development of techniques to activate the body's immune cells against tumor cells. “We designed protein-based nanorings that bind to T-cells,” explained Wagner.

Congratulations to Kellan Passow, a graduate student in the Harki laboratory, who was awarded the Biological Chemistry Division Travel Award in order to attend the Fall 2018 ACS meeting in Boston! The Travel Award is offered on a competitive basis for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who plan to present a poster or oral presentation of their research at the National ACS Meeting. 

Wagner lab group

Can we use nanotechnology to transform our own immune cells into cancer serial killers?

Congratulations to the following Medicinal Chemistry Undergraduate Research Assistants, who were awarded 2018 UROP Undergraduate Research Scholarships!: 

Congratulations to Dr. Gunda Georg, who has been appointed a Regents Professor of the University of Minnesota! The Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty and recognizes faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the University through teaching, research, scholarship, or creative work, and contributions to the public good.

Gunda Georg

The Regents Professorship is the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty.

Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Aldrich, who has been promoted to full Professor! Dr. Aldrich's research focuses on developing new antibacterial agents for multidrug resistant pathogens, including the synthesis and evaluation of new small molecules for the treatment and study of M. tuberculosis.

An article authored by Drs. Shameem Syeda, Gunda Georg, and collaborators, "Synthesis of Arylazide- and Diazirine-Containing CrAsH-EDT2 Photoaffinity Probes," published in Archiv der Pharmazie, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers. You can read it here