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April 18, 2018

James Prell Selected for ASMS Research Award

Photo: James Prell

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty James Prell has been chosen for a 2018 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award. The $35,000 awards are presented annually to promote academic research by young scientists in mass spectrometry. (more…)

March 20, 2018

Dr. Amanda Cook and Dr. Carl Brozek to Join Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

The UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department will welcome two new faculty members in 2018.

Chemical catalysis expert Amanda Cook and molecular materials scientist Carl Brozek will join the department as part of the UO Energy and Sustainable Materials cluster.

The Energy and Sustainable Materials cluster expands upon the university’s record of excellence in the chemistry and physics of materials. Affiliated with the Materials Science Institute, the cluster will build on the UO’s existing strengths in green chemistry, sustainable materials, and renewable energy—and grow the university’s basic and applied sciences.

Dr. Amanda Cook

Photo: Amanda Cook

After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan while working for Prof. Melanie Sanford, Dr. Cook began working for Prof. Christophe Coperet at ETH Zurich as a post-doctoral fellow. At Oregon, her research program will design and develop new catalysts for the transformation of organic molecules. Using a molecular approach to surface chemistry, solid catalysts will be synthesized, allowing for in-depth mechanistic studies to be carried out. The targeted catalytic reactions are of potential industrial utility, and include carbon dioxide reduction, alkyne functionalization, and biomass conversion.

Dr. Carl Brozek

Photo: Carl Brozek

Dr. Brozek is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Gamelin Lab and the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington. His research has spanned the synthesis of inorganic small molecules, MOF-based heterogeneous catalysts, and semiconductor electrochemistry. Most recently, Carl has developed theoretical and analytical tools for studying the redox properties of colloidal quantum dots. The Brozek Lab will synthesize reactive clusters and porous solids, and study how their unique properties challenge conventional understanding of molecules and materials.

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 8, 2017

Dissertation Defense – Luke Wheeler, November 14th

Good luck to Luke Wheeler as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:30 AM in 220 Deschutes

The title of his thesis is: “The Evolution of Metal and Peptide Binding in the S100 Protein Family.”

After finishing at the UO, Luke will be heading to the University of Colorado Boulder for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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.

 

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