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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

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

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