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May 17, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Emily Reister, May 24th

Photo: Emily ReisterGood luck to Emily Reister as she defends her thesis for her PhD in Chemistry!

Thursday, May 24, 2018
11 AM in 301 Deady Hall

The title of her dissertation is “High-throughput Sequencing For investigation of RNA targets of Pt(II) Chemotherapy Drugs”

This summer, Emily will be working as an instructor for the genomics and bioinformatics master’s program for the Knight Institute here at UO.

May 15, 2018

18 Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrad Researchers will participate in Research Symposium May 17th

photo: UG Research Poster sessionThe UO’s eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is Thursday, May 17, 2018.  The event will host 382 undergraduates engaged in original research, creative work, and community-based projects from over 71 majors, 13 minors, and eight colleges. The full schedule and research abstracts are available here

Eighteen undergraduates will be presenting their chemistry and biochemistry research at the following sessions:

Concurrent Oral Session 2 – 11:45-1:15 p.m.

SPRUCE ROOM – SESSION 2S: CHEMISTRY, MATH, AND COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Makenna Pennel − CHEMISTRY
Nanoparticles!
Faculty Mentor(s): Jim Hutchison, Kenyon Plummer

Concurrent Oral Session 3 – 1:30-3:00 p.m.

MAPLE ROOM – SESSION 3M: DNA & GENES

Rachel David − BIOCHEMISTRY
Investigating the Role of Genomic Positioning in Directing Meiotic Double-Strand DNA Break Repair
Faculty Mentor(s): Diana Libuda, Erik Toraason

 

Poster Session – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

EMU BALLROOM & GUMWOOD ROOM

HUSSEIN AL-ZUBIERI − BIOCHEMISTRY
Determining Scrib binding partners relevant to its spindle orienting function
Faculty Mentor(s): Ken Prehoda, Nicole Paterson

DYLAN BARDGETT − CHEMISTRY
Quantitative Analysis of Thin Films via X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson

BRIAN CHASTAIN − GENERAL SCIENCE
The Effect of Different Substituents on the Optoelectronic Properties of Diindenoanthracene
Faculty Mentor(s): Michael Haley, Justin Dressler

ANSON DANG − BIOCHEMISTRY
Mapping Interactions Of Single-Stranded (Ss) DNA With the Ss-DNA Binding Protein (Gp32) of the T4 DNA Replication Complex at Specific Nucleotide Residue Positions
Faculty Mentor(s): Pete von Hippel

WILLIAM EDGELL − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of Alkyne Substituted Cycloparaphenylenes for Conjugated Polymers Research Area: Organic Synthetic Chemistry
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti

ADRIAN GORDON − CHEMISTRY
Title: Energetic Loss From the Use of Hole Scavengers to Measure Photoelectrochemical Cell Efficiency Limits
Faculty Mentor(s): Shannon Boettcher

SHAYAN LOUIE − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(II) Cycloparaphenylene Complexes
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Jeff Van Raden

ALEXANDER LYGO − PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY
Properties and Synthesis of Three Component Heterostructure: (BiSe)1+δ(Bi2Se3)1+ δ (BiSe)1+ δ (TiSe2)
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson

SHAWN MELENDY − BIOCHEMISTRY
Assay of Insulin-Stimulated Signaling by Flow Cytometry: Key Points of Regulation Research Area: Natural/Physical Science
Faculty Mentor(s): Carrie McCurdy, Byron Hetrick

TRISTAN MISTKAWI − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of 7,14-Diarylfluoreno[3,2-b]fluorenes
Faculty Mentor(s): Josh Barker, Michael Haley

BENJAMIN MULLER − CHEMISTRY
Modeling the Behavior of Pyruvic Acid at the Air-Water Interface Research
Faculty Mentor(s): Brittany Gordon, Dr. Geraldine Richmond

MADELYN SCOTT − CHEMISTRY
Optimization of Deposition Techniques for Thin Film Production and Analysis
Faculty Mentor(s): Cathy Wong, Kelly Wilson

KEVIN SPIES − BIOCHEMISTRY
Developmental Synchronization Of The Purple Pitcher Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia Smithii, as a Result Of Increasing Temperatures
Faculty Mentor(s): William Bradshaw, Christina Holzapfel

MARIBELLE STANLEY − PRE-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Drug Development with New Catalytic Molecules
Faculty Mentor(s): David Tyler

ASHLEE VISE − CHEMISTRY
Characterization of GaSbP as a photocathode For Water-Splitting
Faculty Mentor(s): James Young

CYRUS WATERS − BIOCHEMISTRY
Synthesis of 6,13-pentacene-incorporated [10]cycloparaphenylene
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Brittany White

May 9, 2018

Samantha Young & Nicole Paterson to Participate in 2018 Grad Forum

Photo: Poster Session, Graduate ForumChemistry graduate students Samantha Young and Nicole Paterson will be participating in the 2018 Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday, May 11th.

Samantha, a member of the Hutchison lab, will present on the Dixon Scholars Panel from 10:00- 11:00am in the EMU Swindells Room.

The Dixon Fellows are recipients of the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award, which supports doctoral students interested in developing their skills and experiencein innovation and/or entrepreneurship in preparation for careers outside of academia. Each year, the Dixon Fellows present at the Grad Forum to showcase their experiences and findings.

Nicole, a member of the Prehoda lab, will present her research at the Poster Session from 12:00 – 2:00pm EMU Ballroom.  Her presentation is titled “Role of Gukholder and Scribble in Spindle Orientation.”

The full schedule of events for the 2018 Grad Forum is available at bit.ly/2KL6dfI

 

April 5, 2018

O/I Chemistry Rotation Talks – April 5th & 6th

March 12, 2018

Nolen Lab biochemists zero in on key molecules that enable cells to crawl

AAAS EurekAlert!

Image: Brad Nolen & research illustrationBiochemists have made a discovery that sheds light on the molecular machinery that allows some cells, such as immune cells or even malignant cancer cells in humans, to wiggle their way through tissues like organs, skin or bones.

The work, conducted in the University of Oregon laboratory of Brad Nolen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was described in a paper in the Feb. 13 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more here

 

 

February 26, 2018

JCP Selects Marcus Lab Article as “Editor’s Pick”

The Editors of The Journal of Chemical Physics have chosen a recently accepted article about research in the Andrew H. Marcus‘ lab as an “Editor’s Pick.”

Image: Cover page, Journal of Chemical PhysicsThe article, titled “Temperature-dependent conformations of exciton-coupled Cy3 dimers in double-stranded DNA,” was a collaborative effort led by the Marcus group, is also featured on the cover of the journal’s  February 28, 2018 edition.

Read more in the JCP

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

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