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A summer of analytical chemistry at Notre Dame

Author: Chontel Syfox

Analytical Chemistry REU Presentations 2016

This summer the University of Notre Dame welcomed twelve students to campus to participate in the NSF-funded Research Undergraduate Experience (REU) program in analytical chemistry. The 10-week residential program is open to rising sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates at four-year colleges, with backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, computer science, and mechanical or electrical engineering. It offers students the opportunity to work with Notre Dame faculty on various research projects aimed at solving analytical problems in the developing world, and “teaches students how to engage with a project at the instrumental and experimental design level.” 

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Steve Corcelli named ACS Fellow

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Steven Corcelli Named ACS Fellow

Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been selected as a member of the 2016 Fellows of the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced the news today in Chemical & Engineering News.

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Collecting Compounds for the Treatment of Rare Genetic Disorders

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Richard Taylor

As Richard Taylor completes a three-year term as associate vice president for research in June of this year, he will continue his research on drug discovery for rare genetic diseases, like NGLY1 deficiency, when he and other members of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development move into the building this summer. 

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Understanding the Molecular Structure of Compounds in order to Advance Discovery of New Medicines and More

Author: Brandi Klingerman

At the University of Notre Dame, the Molecular Structure Facility (MSF) analyzes organic or inorganic substances at an atomic level, which allows researchers to learn about the three-dimensional structure and connectivity of the compound they have created. Knowing the molecular make-up of substances oftentimes provides faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students information about whether or not their substance is actually what was intended or even to see if their research is heading in the right direction.

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Study reveals insights into protein linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Author: William G. Gilroy

NMR-based model for Pin1, and its interaction with its “disordered” protein targets pertinent to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

Drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease usually target the active sites of specific protein molecules sustaining the disease. Traditional drug design views proteins as rigid 3-D objects with active sites consisting of surface-accessible “pockets” with a specific, well-defined structure. Traditional drug design involves finding small molecules with shapes that fit specifically into this pocket. A new study from University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that there are alternative approaches to targeting these proteins, a significant finding for future clinical applications.

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Helquist and Wiest receive US patent for HDAC inhibitors

Author: Gene Stowe

Olaf Wiest and Paul Helquist

Professors of chemistry and biochemistry, Paul Helquist and Olaf Wiest, together with Frederick Maxfield of Cornell University have received a U.S. patent for potential treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. Patent No. 9,333,222, “Histone deacetylase inhibitors as therapeutic agents for Niemann-Pick Type C Disease,” covers the full class of histone deacetylase inhibitors for the genetic, fatal lysosomal storage disorder and related diseases.

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Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund launches at Notre Dame

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Marcia Christy Michael Parseghian

Building on the partnership that the University of Notre Dame formed with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation in 2010, the University has now established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund and is moving the administrative functions and granting process of the foundation from Tucson, Arizona, to Notre Dame.

Through this partnership, the Parseghian family will continue their fight to find a cure or treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease and will continue to help fundraise and support researchers around the world.

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Chemistry Faculty Members Receive Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Awards

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Three faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have received awards for exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising. Xavier Creary, Charles L. Huisking Professor of Chemistry, and Amanda Hummon, Huisking Foundation Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have received 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Dr. DeeAnne Goodenough-Lashua, has been selected to receive a Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

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Twelve graduate students receive Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Author: Gene Stowe

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Twelve graduate students who are instructors and teaching assistants in the College of Science received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. The recipients are Bide Xiong of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics; Jenifer Gifford, Sheri Sanders, Kimbra Turner, and Victoria Zellmer of Biological Sciences; Michael Brennan, Clyde Daly, Ruth Nelson and Emily Shangle of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Edward Burkard and Brian Stoyell-Mulholland of Mathematics; and Bryce Frentz of Physics. 

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Two ND Chemistry Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Haifeng Gao and Vlad Iluc, assistant professors of chemistry and biochemistry, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards. These awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards offered to junior faculty members and are given to recognize outstanding research, education, and integration of education and research. Prof. Gao and Prof. Iluc join the 14 other chemistry and biochemistry faculty members selected as CAREER award recipients.…

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Twenty-four ND Students Win NSF GRFP Awards

Author: Mike Westrate

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The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 24 current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another 17 earning honorable mention. Overall, there were 41 students recognized by the NSF. This doubles the number of Notre Dame awardees from 2015, and nearly doubles the previous Notre Dame record of 26, set last year, for total students recognized by the NSF.

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