Alumus Jared DeCoste named Maryland Chemist of the Year by the American Chemical Society.
Eriks Rozners' group received an NIGMS award for their longstanding research on amide-modified RNA and on sequence selective recognition of RNA via triplex forming peptide nucleic acids.
A big thank you goes out to biological chemistry major Justin Lok for his volunteerism with the Chemistry Outreach Program.
James Fang has received a DOE EFRC grant to increase the understanding of electrocatalysis in alkaline media.
Stan Whittingham has been awarded the 2018 David Turnbull Lectureship by the Materials Research Society.
James Fang awarded a major NSF grant to support his work exploring the fundamental understandings of the lattice strain formation and solutions of catalytic improvement of some emergent electrochemical reactions in energy conversion and environmental protection.
Postdoctoral Associate from the Rozners Group Receives Best Poster Award!
Graduate students from the Vetticatt group received awards at the American Chemical Society's 2018 Reaction Mechanisms Conference!
Susan Bane's Group received a major NCI grant to develop a new bioorthongonal chemical reaction discovered in her lab.
2018 graduate Michelle Crook receives NSF research fellowship to study at Cal-Berkeley.
Solmaz Group receives a major NIGMS grant to study the cell cycle-specific recognition of the cell nucleus as cargo for dynein-dependent transport.
Ming An Group receives a major NIGMS grant in support of their work in ‘Rational Design of pH-Low Insertion Peptides for Cargo Delivery’.
Roland Miller Receives Recognition
Stan Whittingham Elected to the National Academy of Engineers.
Goyal group receives a Scialog: Advanced Energy Storage team award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement.
Qiang Group receives a major NIGMS grant to study the molecular basis of neuronal cell membrane disruption induced by early-stage aggregation of beta-amyloid peptides!
Vetticatt Group receives a major NIH grant to study organic reaction mechanisms!
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Qiang and An Groups
A collaborative work from the Qiang and An groups has recently been published on PNAS. This work describes the studies of thermodynamic intermediate states of interactions between pH-Low insertion (pHLIP) peptides and membrane bilayers, using advanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy. A multi-stage pH-modulated membrane insertion model for pHLIP peptides was proposed. Graduate and undergraduate students S. Otieno, S. Hanz, B. Chakravorty from the Qiang group, and graduate students A. Zhang and L. Klees from the An group contributed to this work.
S.A. Otieno, S.Z. Hanz, B. Chakravorty, A. Zhang, L.M. Klees, M. An, and W. Qiang, pH-dependent thermodynamic intermediates of pHLIP membrane insertion determined by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2018, 115(48), 12194-12199.
Previously highlighted publications can be viewed at this link.