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January 11, 2018

Biochemistry Majors Tristan Mistkawi and Alex Egdell Recieve Research Minigrants

Photo: Alex Edgell & Trstan Mistkawi

(L-R) Alex Edgell & Tristan Mistkawi

Biochemistry majors Tristan Mistkawi and Alex Egdell are among nine UO undergraduate researchers awarded minigrants through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.  The $1000 awards are given to students to assist with research expenses including purchasing supplies and materials and paying for travel that is necessary to conduct research.

Tristan is conducting research in the Haley lab on electronic properties of indenofluorenes and their derivatives, and Alex is in the Jasti lab doing reasearch focused on the synthesis of alkyne substituted cycloparaphenylenes for conjugated polymers. Both scholars will present their research at the UO Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 17, 2018.

Read more in AroundtheO, or visit the minigrant website for a full list of scholars with descriptions of their research projects.

 

 

January 10, 2018

Two Projects in the DeRose Lab Shed New Light on a Cancer Drug

Images: Vickie DeRose & art by Kory Plakos (Platinum drug attached to yeast ribosome RNA)One of the most widely used drugs to fight cancer could become more effective and safer, based on findings emerging from the lab of UO chemist Vickie DeRose.

In two recently published papers, separate projects using different approaches and led by two of DeRose’s doctoral students have made new predictions for where the platinum-carrying drug cisplatin binds in cells.

Read more about the DeRose Lab’s research and its implications for cancer treatment in AroundtheO

November 30, 2017

Video Features New Faculty Christopher Hendon

 

Read more about Prof. Hendon and his research in AroundtheO’s article: Dr. Coffee

 

November 6, 2017

Surprise Result from Harms Lab Experiment May Help Explain a Protein Puzzle

This illustration shows predicted evolutionary routes for different proteins. Blue paths are falsely predicted as accessible, red paths are falsely predicted as inaccessible.Using computer simulations, UO Biochemist Mike Harms and graduate researcher Zach Sailer thought that they could manipulate a protein one mutation at a time and predict its evolution. They failed, but the team harvested information that may be useful for understanding problems such as antibiotic resistance.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

October 23, 2017

David Johnson – ‘Father of Ferecrystals’

A recent special issue of Crystal Research and Technology is dedicated to David Johnson, the “father of ferecrystals.”

Read more in Advanced Science News

Darren Johnson talks Science and Innovation in Quack Chat

 

Photo of Darren Johnson in his laboratoryHow a mistake because an opportunity is the subject of Darren Johnson‘s Quack Chat about the story of SupraSensor.

Read more in AroundtheO.

 

October 17, 2017

Guenza Lab Discovery Being Tapped for New Medical Treatment

A discovery in Marina Guenza‘s UO chemistry lab that was recently published in a major physics journal, Physical Review Letters, is already being tapped by outside scientists working on a new medical treatment for tuberculosis.

Read the paper:

Physical Review LettersUniversality and Specificity in Protein Fluctuation Dynamics

Read more about the lab’s discovery:

AroundtheO: Cancer slows but can’t stop a UO discovery on protein motion

Phys.org: Team identifies universality and specificity in protein motions

October 3, 2017

Research by Bruce Branchaud Leads to New Drug

A new anti-inflammatory drug moving into phase two clinical trials to treat two serious diseases was built on a scientific collaboration with UO chemist, Bruce Branchaud.

Read more in AroundtheO and the Daily Emerald:

Drug entering clinical trials has fingerprint of UO chemist

New drug developed by UO chemist could help kidney disease sufferers

June 13, 2017

Physical Chemistry Rotation Talks – June 15th

June 7, 2017

Organic/Inorganic 3rd Year Talks – Friday, June 9th

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