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October 8, 2010 - Negishi Receives 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Negishi, Purdue University's Herbert Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and faculty member in SU's Department of Chemistry from 1972-79, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with Richard Heck of the University of Delaware, and Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. » complete news story
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September 27, 2010 - Borer and McPike receive NIH grants

Prof. Phil Borer and his associate, Mark McPike (Chemistry Ph.D., 2001), received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the National Institutes of Health in 2010 to support their work on DNA/RNA sequences that bind proteins and other targets.

Prof. Borer's $1.6 million phase II SBIR grant supports two years of R&D effort on DNA/RNA-based biosensors. These biosensors will be used to develop new therapeutics that target human proteins involved in clotting, thrombosis, wound healing, angiogenesis and proliferative diseases. The grant has also been used to purchase an instrument to determine hundreds of millions of DNA sequences per week. Research Assistant Prof. Damian Allis (Chemistry Ph.D., 2004) directs bioinformatics efforts via a subcontract to Syracuse University.

Dr. McPike's $196k phase I SBIR grant seeks to demonstrate proof of principle for the discovery of DNA/RNA aptamers against proteins involved in packaging DNA into chromosomes. "Epigenomic" aberrations associated with chromatin structure and dynamics are thought to be associated with many diseases, including mental health disorders, e.g., bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Biology Professor Michael Cosgrove (Biology Ph.D., 1998) is a world-renowned scholar in the emerging area of epigenomics; he leads a subcontract to SU to provide the expertise with these proteins needed for McPike's project. The primary aim is to find highly selective aptamers to replace antibodies that don’t function well in distinguishing the degree of methylation of lysine groups in histones that bind DNA in chromatin.

The grants are to AptaMatrix, Inc., which spins off technologies from the Borer lab. Formerly known as OrthoSystems, Inc., the company developed from work in the labs of Profs. Borer and Bruce Hudson. AptaMatrix is headquartered at 100 Intrepid Lane near the intersection of I-481 and I-81 on Nob Hill.

September 8, 2010 - Miska to receive prestigious 2010 Astronaut Scholarship
Senior biochemistry major Nathaniel Miska is among 20 students nationwide to receive the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's 2010-2011 scholarship award. The $10,000 scholarship is presented to top science and engineering students who exhibit exceptional performance, initiative, and creativity in their field, as well as intellectual daring and a genuine desire to positively change the world around them. Miska does research on nanomaterials in the lab of Prof. Mathew Maye. » complete news story

September 1, 2010 - Welcome New Faculty
We are excited to welcome new faculty member Dr. James Hougland to the Chemistry Department. Hougland, a bioorganic chemist, completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and his postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan. » read more about Hougland's research

August 30, 2010 - 2010-2011 Remembrance Scholars
Congratulations to Qi Wen Li and Teresa Soldner who are two of 35 undergraduate students to be 2010-2011 Remembrance Scholars. The award is considered the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the University and is a means of remembrance for the 270 people who were killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, of which 35 SU students were aboard. Li, of Brooklyn, New York, and Teresa, of Marquette, Michigan are both senior chemistry majors and complete research with Prof. Rob Doyle.

August 30, 2010 - Orange Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Catherine DeSarle, a dual major in chemistry and forensic science, was named a Orange Scholar-Athlete for the week of August 30, 2010. DeSarle, from Stormville, NY, is a member of the Women's Cross Country team