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Notable accomplishments of our graduate students.

Ms. Sarah Laughlin has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Laughlin has defended her Thesis entitled "Arylboronic acids that have strong fluorescence intensity changes upon sugar binding" under the direction of Professor Binghe WangCongratulations!

Dr. Nilmi Fernando has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Fernando has defended her Dissertation entitled "Novel near-infrared cyanine dyes as fluorescence imaging probes in biological systems" under the direction of Professor Lucjan Strekowski.  Dr. Fernando is PhD number 135 from the Department of Chemistry! Congratulations!

Dr. Hongling Yuan has Published an Article in JACS

    Dr. Yuan, under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda, has published an article titled "Insights on the Mechanism of Amine Oxidation Catalyzed by D-Arginine Dehydrogenase through pH and Kinetic Isotope Effects" in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations! 

Ms. Hanjing Peng has Published an Article in Angewandte Chemie

    Ms. Peng, under the direction of Professor Binghe Wang, has published an article titled "A fluorescent probe for fast and quantitative detection of hydrogen sulfide in blood" in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Congratulations! 

Ms. Shuo Wang has Published an Article in Nucleic Acids Research

    Ms. Wang, under the direction of Professor David Wilson, has published an article titled "Complexity in the binding of minor groove agents:  netropsin has two thermodynamically different DNA binding modes at a single site" in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. Congratulations!

Dr. Jingjuan Qiao has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Qiao has defended her Dissertation entitled "Targeted Molecular MR Imaging of HER2 and EGFR Using de novo Designed Protein Contract Agents" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  Dr. Qiao is PhD number 134 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Dr. Christopher N. Johnson has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Johnson has defended his Dissertation entitled "Nucleic Acid Substrates; An Investigation of Structural and Dynamic Features that Influence Enzyme Activity" under the direction of Professor Mark Germann.  Dr. Johnson is PhD number 133 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Dr. Yu Cao has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Cao has defended her Dissertation entitled "I. Synthesis of anthraquinone derivatives for electron transfer studies of DNA. II. Characterization of the interaction between heme and proteins" under the direction of Professor Dabney Dixon.  Dr. Cao is PhD number 132 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Mr. Yunfeng (Jerry) Cheng has Published an Article in Chemistry, An Asian Journal

    Mr. Cheng, under the direction of Professor Binghe Wang, has published an article titled "Design, synthesis, and polymerase-catalyzed incorporation of click-modified boronic acid-TTP analogues" in the journal Chemistry, An Asian Journal. Congratulations!

Ms. Shuo Wang has Published an Article in Biochemistry

    Ms. Wang, under the direction of Professor David Wilson, has published an article titled "Minor Groove to Major Groove, an Unusual DNA Sequence-Dependent Change in Bend Directionality by Distamycin Dimer" in the journal Biochemistry. Congratulations!

Mr. Donald Robinson has Successfully Defended his Thesis

    Mr. Robinson has completed his Thesis entitled "Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Nanoclusters Stabilized by Dithiolates" under the direction of Professor Gangli WangCongratulations!

Ms. You Feng has Published an Article in Biochemistry

    Ms. Feng, under the direction of Professor Yujun George Zheng, has published an article titled "A Transient Kinetic Analysis of PRMT1 Catalysis" in the journal Biochemistry. Congratulations!

Ms. Natalie Maor White has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. White has defended her Thesis entitled "Optimization of Expression and Purification Methods for the Study of Protein-Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agents" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  She was part of the "5th" year MS program.  Congratulations!

Ms. Leah Mickelson has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Mickelson has completed her Thesis MS on Nucleic Acid Chemistry under the direction of Professor Dave Wilson.  She has been featured on the GSU "Major in a Minute" video when she was completing her BS degree.  She was part of the "5th" year MS program.  Congratulations!

Dr. Hongling Yuan has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Yuan has defended her Dissertation entitled "Mechanistic Studies of Two Selected Flavin-Dependent Enzymes:  Choline Oxidase and D-Arginine Dehydrogenase" under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda.  Dr. Yuan is PhD number 131 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Dr. Jie Jiang has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Jiang has defended her Dissertation entitled "Engineering Calcium Binding Priteins with Tailored Functions" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  Dr. Jiang is PhD number 130 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Mr. Jiafeng Geng and Mr. Kednerlin Dornevil have Published an Article in The Journal of Biological Chemistry

    Mr. Geng and Mr. Dornevil along with Dr. Rong Fu, under the direction of Professor Aimin Liu, have published an article titled "Enzyme reactivation by hydrogen peroxide in heme-based tryptophan dioxygenase" in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.  Congratulations!

Mr. Hengfu Wu has Published an Article in Polymers

    Mr. Wu, under the direction of Professor Stuart Allison, has published an article titled "Rotational Diffusion of Macromolecules and Nanoparticles Modeled as Non-Overlapping Bead Arrays in an Effective Medium" in the journal Polymers.  Congratulations!

Ms. Jin Zhang has Published an Article in Biopolymers

    Ms. Zhang, under the direction of Professor Mark Germann, has published an article titled "Characterization of Secondary Amide Peptide Bonds Isomerization:  Thermodynamics and Kinetics from 2D NMR Spectroscopy" in the journal Biopolymers.  Congratulations!

Mr. Jun He has Published an Article in Electrophoresis

    Mr. He, under the direction of Professor Shahab Shamsi, has published an article titled "Chiral Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography-atmospheric Pressure Photoionization of Benzoin Derivatives Using Mixed Molecular Micelles" in the journal Electrophoresis.  Congratulations!  

 

Ms. You Feng has Published an Article in the journal of Bilogical Chemistry

    Ms. Feng, under the direction of Professor Yujun George Zheng, has published an article titled "Histone H4 Acetylation Differentially Modulates Arginine Methylation by an in Cis Mechanism" in the Journal Biological Chemistry.  Congratulations!

Dr. Jiang Wu has Published an Article in Bioorganic Chemistry

    Dr. Wu, under the direction of Professor Yujun George Zheng, has published an article titled "Small Molecule Inhibitors of Histone Acetyltransferade Tip60" in the journal Bioorganic Chemistry.  Congratulations!

Ms. Ying Zhang Published an Article in Biochemistry

    Ms. Zhang, under the direction of Professor Irene Weber, has published an article titled "Drug Resistance Mutation L76V Decreases the Dimer Stability and Rate of Autoprocessing of HIV-1 Protease by Reducing Internal Hydrophobic Contacts" in the journal Biochemistry.  Congratulations!

 

Dr. Abdur Rob has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Rob has defended his Dissertation entitled "Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions in Nuclease and Polymerases" under the direction of Professor Zhen Huang.  Dr. Rob is PhD number 129 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Mr. Adam Thompson has Successfully Defended his Thesis

    Mr. Thompson has defended his Thesis entitled "Conformational Bias in 2'-Selenium-Modified Nucleosides and the Effect on Helical Structure and Extracellular Recombinant Protein Production:  Current Systems and Applications" under the direction of Professor Mark Germann. Congratulations!

Dr. Michael Kirberger has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Kirberger has defended his Dissertation entitled "Defining a Molecular Mechanism for Lead Toxicity via Calcium-binding Proteins" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  Dr. Kirberger is PhD number 128 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Dr. Jiang Wu has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Wu has defended his Dissertation entitled "Development of Inhibitors and Assay Methods for HAT's" under the direction of Professor Yujun George Zheng.  Dr. Wu is PhD number 127 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Ms. Gala Chapman Published an Article in Analytical Chemistry Insights

    Ms. Chapman, under the direction of Professor Gabor Patonay, has published an article titled "The Effect of Varying Short-Chain Alkyl Substitution on the Molar Absorptivity and Quantum Yield of Cyanine Dyes" in the journal Analytical Chemistry Insights.  Congratulations!

Mr. Umar Twahir has Successfully Defended his Thesis

    Mr. Twahir has successfully defended his Thesis entitled "Theoretical Modeling of Oligopeptides Through Capillary Electrophoresis and Transport Studies" under the direction of Professor Stuart Allison.  Congratulations!

Mr. Chris Johnson Published an Article in Biochemistry

    Mr. Johnson, under the direction of Professor Markus Germann, has published an article titled "Structural Basis of the RNase H1 Activity on Stereo Regular Borano Phosphonate DNA / RNA Hybrids" in the journal Biochemistry.  Congratulations!

Mr. Wen Zhang has Published an Article in Organic Letters

    Mr. Zhang, under the direction of Professor Zhen Huang, has published an article titled "Synthesis of the 5'-Se-Thymidine Phosphoramidite and Convenient Labeling of DNA Oligonucleotides" in the journal Organic Letters.  Congratulations!

Dr. Kevin Francis has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Francis has defended his Dissertation entitled "On the Biochemistry, Mechanism and Physiological Role of Fungal Nitronate Monooxygenase" under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda.  Dr. Francis is PhD number 126 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Dr. Kevin Francis has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Francis has defended his Dissertation entitled "On the Biochemistry, Mechanism and Physiological Role of Fungal Nitronate Monooxygenase" under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda.  Dr. Francis is PhD number 126 in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Ms. Hongling Yuan has Published an Article in Biochemistry

    Ms. Yuan, under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda, has published an article titled "Importance of a Serine Proximal to the C(4a) and N(5) Flavin Atoms for Hydride Transfer in Choline Oxidase" in the journal Biochemistry.  Congratulations!

Mr. Zhenghua Tang has Published an Article in Langmuir

    Mr. Tang, along with Bin Xu, Baohua Wu, Donald A. Robinson, and Nadia Bokossa, under the direction of Professor Gangli Wang, has published an article titled "Monolayer Reactions of Protected Au Nanoclusters with Monothiol Tiopronin and 2,3-Dithiol Dimercaptopropanesulfonate" in the journal Langmuir.  Congratulations!

Ms. Hang Tran has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Tran has successfully defended her Thesis entitled "Photocleavable linkers for protein affinity labeling work" under the direction of Professor Binghe Wang.  Congratulations!

Dr. Rupesh Nanjuda has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Nanjunda has successfully defended his Dissertation entitled "Sequence Specific and Conformation Specific Targeting of Duplex and Quadraplex DNAs with Small Molecules" under the direction of Regents Professor David Wilson.  Dr. Nanjunda is PhD number 125 in the Department of Chemistry!

Dr. Catharine Collar has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Collar has successfully defended her Dissertation entitled "Rational Drug Design for Neglected Diseases:  Implementation of Computational Methods to Construct Predictive Devices and Examine Mechanisms" under the direction of Regents Professor David Wilson.  Dr. Collar is PhD number 124 in the Department of Chemistry!

Dr. Jeffrey Klenc has Successfully Defended his Dissertation

    Dr. Klenc has successfully defended his Dissertation entitled "Design and Synthesis of Novel Serotonin Receptor Ligands" under the direction of Professor Lucjan Strekowski.  Dr. Klenc is PhD number 123 in the Department of Chemistry!

Dr. Hongxia Pei has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Pei has successfully defended her Dissertation entitled "Bead Modeling of Transport Properties of Macromolecules in Free Solution and in a Gel" under the direction of Professor Stuart Allison.  Dr. Pei is PhD number 122 in the Department of Chemistry!

Mr. Sang Hoon Kim has Successfully Defended his Thesis

    Mr. Kim has successfully defended his Thesis entitled "Enhanced Photostability of a Bis-PEGuylated Cyanine Dye Facilitated by Poly-Glutamic Acid" under the direction of Professor Gabor Patonay.  Congratulations!

Ms. Ava Blake has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Blake has successfully defended her Thesis entitled "Synthesis of Substituted Pyrimidines and Pyrimidines as Ligands ti the 5-HT7 Receptor" under the direction of Professor Lucjan Strekowski.  Congratulations!

Mr. Yonathan Merid has Successfully Defended his Thesis

    Mr. Merid has successfully defended his Thesis entitled "Study of Cyanine Dye Binding to Amino Acids and Its analytical Utility" under the direction of Professor Gabor Patonay.  Congratulations!

Dr. Jennifer Crystal Brown Barber has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Brown-Barber has successfully defended her Dissertation entitled "Synthesis of fused Heterocyclic Diamidines for the Trearment of Human African Trypanosomiasis and Fluorescence Studies of Selected Diamides" under the direction of Professor David Boykin.  She is PhD number 119 in the Department of Chemistry.  Congratulations!

 

Ms. Jamie Gragg has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Gragg has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Synthesis of Near-Infrared Heptamethine Cyanine Dyes" under the direction of Professor Maged Henary.  Congratulations!

Ms. Elizabeth Raux has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Raux has successfully defended her thesis entitled "The Synthesis of Selective 5-HT6 and 5-HT7 Receptor Antagonist" under the direction of Professor Lucjan Strekowski.  Congratulations!

Ms. Khin Lay Maw has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Maw has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Development of a Novel DNA Microchip for Pathogen Detection" under the direction of Professor Zhen Huang.  Congratulations!

Ms. Rebecca Ann Hunt has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Hunt has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Determining Topological Effects of Heterocyclic Diamides with AT Rich DNA:  A Study Using Gel Electrophoresis, Mass Spectrometry, and the Polymerase Chain Reaction" under the direction of Professor David Wilson.  Congratulations

Dr. Suazette Reid has Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Reid has successfully defended her Dissertation entitled "Design, Synthesis, and Mechanistic Studies of Small-Molecule Inhibitors of HIF-1" under the direction of Professor Binghe Wang.  She is PhD number 121 in the Chemistry Department.

Dr. Nanting Ni Successfully Defended her Dissertation

    Dr. Ni has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Application of Boronic Acids in Medicinal Chemistry (Inhibitors, Sensors)" under the direction of Professor Binghe Wang.  She is PhD number 120 in the Department of Chemistry.

Ms. Kendra Hubbard has Successfully Defended her Thesis

    Ms. Hubbard has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Purification and Structural Characterization of a Novel Class of Protein-based Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agents" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  Congratulations!

Mr. Quentin Johnson has Successfully Defended his Thesis

    Mr. Johnson  has successfully defended his thesis entitled "An Analysis of the Energetic Roughness of Prominent Water Models by Molecualr Dynamics Simulations" under the direction of Professor Donald Hamelberg.  Congratulations! 

Ms. Caterina Musetti has Successfully Defended Her Thesis

    Ms. Musetti has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Heterocyclic Cations as Potential Anticancer Agents:  An Approach that Targts G-Quadraplex with Different Binding Modes" under the direction of Professor David Wilson.  Congratulations!

Dr. Sarah Spencer has Successfully Defended her dissertation

    Dr. Spencer has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Development of RNA Microchip for the Detection of Pathogens" under the direction of Professor Zhen Huang.  She is PhD number 118 in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Kunchala Rungsrisuriyachai has Successfully Defended her dissertation

    Dr. Rungsrisuriyachai has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "On the Catalytic Roles of JIS351, ASN510, and HIS466 in Choline Oxidase and the Kinetic Mechanism of Pyranose-2-Oxidase" under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda.  She is PhD number 117 in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Steffan Finnegan has Successfully Defended his dissertation

    Dr. Finnegan has successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Roles of Serine 101, Histidine 310 and Valine 464 in the Reaction Catalyzed by Choline Oxidase from Anthrobacter globiformis" under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda.  He is PhD number 116 in the Department of Chemistry.

 

Ms. Giselle Delgado has successfully defended her Thesis

    Ms. Delgado has successfully completed her Masters thesis entitled "SIAA and NEAT2 Heme Binding Proteins from Streptococcus Pyogenes" under the direction of Professor Dabney Dixon.  Join us all in congratulating Ms. Delgado on her accomplishment.  

Dr. Xiaochuan Yang has successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Yang has successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Design and Synthesis of Boronic Acid-Modified Nucleotides for Fluorescent Sensing and Cell Imaging" under the direction of Professor Binghe Wang.  We all congratulate Dr. Yang on the completion of his PhD.  He will formally gradaute in May 2010, and will be the 115th PhD earned in the Chemistry Department.

Mr. Malcom Delgado has successfully defended his Thesis

    Mr. Delgado has successfully completed his Masters thesis entitled  "Biochemical Study of Engineered Fluorescent Proteins as Calcium Sensors and the Effect of Calcium and PH in Cell Reproduction and Protein Expression" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang. Please join us all in congratulating him! 

Mr. John Sansone has successfully defended his Thesis

    Mr. Sansone has successfully completed his Thesis entitled  "The Kinetics of Epoxidation of Alpha-Beta-Unsaturated Ester by Dimethyldioxirane:  A Mechanistic Study" under the direction of Professor  Al Baumstark and Professor Pedro Vasquez 

Dr. Peter Kuklenyik has successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Kuklenyik has successfully completed his dissertation entitled  "Detection and Quantification of Organophosphate Pesticides in Human Serum" under the direction of Professor  Gabor Patonay. His is the 114th PhD awarded by the Georgia State University Chemistry Department. 

Dr. Julianne Caton-Williams has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Caton-Williams has successfully completed her dissertation entitled  "Synthesis and Enzymatic Studies of Selenium Derivatized Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids" under the direction of Professor Zhen Huang. Hers is the 113th PhD awarded by the Georgia State University Chemistry Department. 

Dr. Rong Fu has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Rong Fu has successfully completed her dissertation entitled  "Biochemical and Spectroscopic Characterization of Tryptophan Oxygenation: Tryptophan 2,3-Dioxygenase and MauG" under the direction of Professor Aimin Liu. 

Miss Emilia Elangwe successfully defended her thesis

    Miss Emilia Elangwe has successfully completed her thesis entitled "Site Directed Mutagenesis, Expression and Enzymatic Studies of the Human HIV-Tat 1 Interactive Protein, Tip60" under the direction of Professor Yujun George Zheng. Currently the Department is graduating 20 or more MS's per year, placing the Department in the top 10 nationally in MS production. 

Dr. Osbourne Quaye has successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Osbourne Quaye has successfully completed his dissertation entitled  "On the Pre-Organization of the Active Site of Choline Oxidase for the Hydride Transfer and Tunneling Mechanism" under the direction of Professor Giovanni Gadda. 

Dr. Rong Fu has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Rong Fu has successfully completed her dissertation entitled  "Biochemical and Spectroscopic Characterization of Tryptophan Oxygenation: Tryptophan 2,3-Dioxygenase and MauG" under the direction of Professor Professor Aimin Liu. 

Dr. Senol Akay has successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Senol Akay has successfully completed his dissertation entitled  "Synthesis and Evaluation of Dual Wavelength Fluorescent Benzo[b]thiophene Boronic Acid Derivatives for Sugar Sensing and Synthesis of Diamidines and Arylimidamides as DNA minor Groove Binders and Antiparasitic Agents" under the joint direction of Professor Professor Binghe Wang and Professor David Boykin. 

Dr. Xiaoguang Qu has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Xiaoguang (Sunny) Qu has successfully completed her dissertation entitled  "NMR Study of Sructure and Orientation of S4-S5 Linker Peptides from Shaw Related Potassium Ion Channels in Micelles and Binding of ZNF29R Protein to HIV RREIIBTR RNA" under the direction of Professor Markus Germann. 

Dr. Sarah Shealy Cepeda has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Sarah Shealey Cepedahas successfully completed her dissertation entitled  "Metal-Assisted Hydrolysis of Biological Molecules" under the direction of Professor Kathy Grant. 

Miss Yidan Liu successfully defended her thesis

    Miss Yidan Liu has successfully completed her thesis entitled "A Novel Method for the Quantitative Evaluation of Fibrinogen Coagulation" under the direction of Eminent Scholar Professor Binghe Wang. She received departmental honors for her M.S. project.

Dr. Shan Jin successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Shan Jin has successfully completed his dissertation entitled "Development of Boronic Acid-Based Chemosensors" under the direction of Eminent Scholar Professor Binghe Wang.

Miss Adriana P. Castiblanco successfully defended her thesis

    Adriana P. Castiblanco Alfonso has successfully completed her thesis entitled "Expression and Purification of Engineered Calcium Binding Proteins" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.

Miss Denise Tevis successfully defended her thesis
    Denise Tevis has successfully completed the M.S. degree: thesis title "Heterocyclic Diamidines Induce Sequence Dependent Topological Changes in DNA: A Study Using Gel Electrophoresis" under the direction of Regents Professor Dave Wilson.

Dr. Jia Sheng successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Jia Sheng has successfully defended his dissertation on the "Synthesis of Selenium and Tellurium Derivatized Nucleic Acids for Structure/Function Studies" under the direction of Professor Huang.

Mr. Ha Nguyen successfully defended his thesis

    Ha Nguyen has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Structural Factors that Influence the Inhibition of Type II Restriction Enzyme by Minor Groove Binders" under the direction of Regents Professor Dave Wilson.

Chemistry Graduate Studies Award Winners

  • Catharine Collar (Dr. W. David Wilson's Group): "David W. Boykin Graduate
    Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry"
  • Yidan Liu (Dr. Binghe Wang's Group): "2008 Graduate Award for Outstanding
    Research at the Thesis Masters Level"
  • Kevin Francis (Dr. Giovanni Gadda's Group): "Ambrose H. Pendergrast Fellowship"
  • Hongxia Pei (Dr. Stuart Allison's Group): "2008 Graduate Award for
    Outstanding Research at the Doctoral Level"
  • Jia Sheng (Dr. Zheng Huang's Group): "2008 Graduate Award for Outstanding
    Research at the Doctoral Level and Best Overall Chemistry Graduate Student"
Mr. Bin Wang successfully defended his thesis

    Bin Wang has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Utility of Cationic and Anionic Chiral Sufactants in Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and CE Coupled to Mass Spectrometry (CE-MS)" under the direction of Professor Shamsi. Bin will officially graduate this Spring.

Dr. Nancy Yun Huang successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Nancy Yun Huang has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Integration of Extracellular and Intracellular Calcium Signals: Roles of Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CASR), Calmodulin and Stromal Interaction Molecule 1 (STIM1)" under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  Congratulations.

Mr. Daniel Joshua Rabinowitz successfully defended his thesis

    Mr. Daniel Joshua Rabinowitz has successfully completed his M.S. thesis entitled "Electrochemical Studies of Substituted Anthraquinones" under the direction of Professor Tom Netzel and Professor Dabney Dixon.  We wih continued success for Daniel.

Dr. Maryam Rahimian successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Maryam Rahimian has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Binding, Bending And G Jumping In The Minor Groove: Experimental And Theoretical Approaches" under the direction of Regents Professor Dave Wilson.  Congratulations.

Dr. Ning Chen successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Ning Chen has successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Design Genetic Fluorescent Probes to Detect Protease Activity and Calcium-dependent Protein-protein Interactions in Living Cells” under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang. Dr. Chen will be leaving to take a postdoctoral position at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Dr. Reham Abou-Elkhair successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Reham Abou-Elkhair has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Synthesis of Anthraquinone Derivatives and their Conjugates With 2'-Deoxynucleosides as New Probes for Electron Transfer Studies In DNA” under the direction of Professor Tom Netzel.  Dr. Abou-Elkhair is the 100th Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Dr. Patra Volarath successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Patra Volarath has successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Application of Term-Rewriting Grammar in Chemical Reaction Prediction" under the direction of Professor Robert Harrison (Computer Science).  Congratulations to Dr. Volarath, we wish her well.

Dr. Prashanth Athri successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Prashanth Athri has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Application of Computer-Aided Drug Discovery Methodologies Towards the Rational Design of Drugs Against Infectious Diseases" under the direction of Professor Dave Wilson.  Congratulations to Dr. Athri, we wish him well. .

Vasim Momin successfully defended his thesis

    Vasim Momin successfully defended his thesis entitled "The Analysis of Antimicrobial Testing Vinetoxicum stockii and the Isolation of a Highly Active Compound Against Candida albicans" under the direction of Dr. Keith Pascoe.

Ahmad Khan successfully defended his thesis

    Ahmad Khan successfully defended his thesis entitled "Cyclic Enzymatic Solid Phase Synthesis of DNA Oligonucleotides on an Epoxide-Activated Resin." under the direction of Dr. Markus Germann.

Dr. Brian Sook successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Brian Sook successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "I. Characterization of Sulfonated Phthalocyanines by Mass Spectroscopy. II. Characterization of SIAA, a Streptococcal Heme-Binding Protein Associated with a Heme ABC Transport System" under the direction of Professor Dabney Dixon.  Congratulations to Dr. Sook, we wish him well. 

Osbourne Quaye on cover of Biochemistry

    Chemistry PhD candidate, Osbourne Quaye makes the cover of Biochemistry, an ACS publication. The April, May and June 2008 covers of Biochemistry feature a figure taken from an article authored by Osbourne Quaye who is from Professor Gadda's research group. The crystal structure of choline oxidase is shown with color coding to indicate binding sites in which Glu312 was discovered to play an important role. Link to Abstract: http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/bichaw/2008/47/i01/abs/bi7017943.html

Slavica Mijatovic successfully defended her thesis

    Congratulations to Slavica Mijatovic on the successful defenseof her M.S. thesis entitled "Oxidation of Alkyl Nitronates Catalyzed by 2-Nitropropane Dioxygenase from Hansenula mraki" under the direction of Professor Gadda.

Shan Jin and Yubin Zhou win the "2007 Graduate Award for Outstanding Research at the Doctoral Level"

    We extend our sincere congratulations to Shan Jin of Professor Binghe Wang'sa group and Yubin Zhou of Professor Jenny Yang's group for winning the "2007 Graduate Award for Outstanding Research at the Doctoral Level". 

Dr. Amy Watson successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Amy Watson has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Binding Studies of Near Infrared Cyanine Dyes with Human Serum Albumin and Poly-L-Lysine Using Optical Spectroscopic Methods” under the direction of Professor Patonay.  Congratulations to Dr. Watson, we wish her well.

Dr. Yubin Zhou successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Yubin Zhou has successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Exploring the Role of Calcium Ions in Biological Systems by Computational Prediction and Protein Engineering” under the direction of Professor Yang.  Congratulations to Dr. Zhou, we wish him well.

Dr. Yao Xin successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Yao Xin has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Electrokinetic Modeling of Free-Solution Electrophoresis” under the direction of Professor Allison.  Congratulations to Dr. Xin, we wish her well.

Michelle Kim successfully defended her thesis

    Michelle Kim successfully defended her thesis entitled "The Hydrolysis of Naphthalene Diimides" under the direction of Professor Dixon.  Miss Kim will be joining a Ph.D. program at UC-Davis. 

Dr. Miki Kassai successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Miki Kassai successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Zirconium(IV)-Assisted Peptide Hydrolysis" under the direction of Professor Grant.  We wish her the best of luck in her career

Dr. Dean Norton successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Dean Norton successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Capillary Electrochromatography-Mass Spectrometry (CEC-MS) of Surfactants" under the direction Professor Shamsi.   Dr. Norton has accepted an industrial position.  We wish him the best of luck in his career.

Dr. Sandra Craig successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Sandra Craig successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Design and Evaluation of Boronic Acid Derivatives for the Recognition of Cell Surface Carbohydrates for Medicinal Applications" under the direction Professor B. Wang.  Dr. Craig's Ph.D. will officially graduate in December.

Dr. Charmita Burch has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Charmita Burch successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Extent of Perturbation of Skin Models by Transdermal Penetration Enhancers Investigated by 31P NMR and Fluorescence Spectroscopy" under the direction of Professor Smith.  Dr. Burch has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor.

Mr. Michael Kirberger has successfully defended his M.S. thesis

    Michael Kirberger successfully defended his thesis entitled "Analysis and Applications of Metalloprotein Complexes" under the direction of Professor Yang.

Dr. Tanya Myers has successfully defended her dissertation

    Dr. Tanya Myers successfully defended her dissertation entitled "New Techniques for the Qualitative and Quantitative Measurement of Naturally-Occurring Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Analogues by Mass Spectroscopy" under the direction of Professor Patonay.  Her research has been supported by a Solvay Supplemental Fellowship.

Dr. Hsiau-wei Lee has successfully defended his dissertation

    Dr. Hsiau-wei Lee has successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Determining the Site-Specific Metal Binding and Structural Properties of EF-Hand Proteins Using Grafting Approach" under the direction of Professor Yang.  Dr. Lee.s degree is the 85th Ph.D. awarded by the department.  We wish Dr. Lee a very successful career

Kevin Francis wins Suddath Symposium Award

    Kevin Francis was awarded third prize in the poster competition at the 15th Suddath Symposium at Georgia Tech.  The symposium was called "DIRECTED MOLECULAR EVOLUTION MECHANISMS."  The title of Kevin's poster was: "Role of the anionic flavosemiquinone in the reductive half-reaction of 2-nitropropane dioxygenase."   Kevin is a first year Ph.D. student in Prof. Gadda's laboratory,

Dr. Beth White has successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Beth White has successfully defended her dissertation entitled Selective Recognition of Quadruplex DNA by Small Molecules under the direction of Regents Professor Dave Wilson.  We wish her continued success.

Mr. Michael Bishop successfully defended M.S. thesis

   Mr. Michael Bishophas successfully defended his thesis entitled The Application of Weak-Anion Exchange Chromatography for the Analysis of Organic Zwitterions Using LC/MS/MS under the direction of Professor Patonay.

Dr. Beth Wilson has successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Beth Wilson has successfully defended her dissertation entitled Syntheses and DNA Interactions of Acridine and Phenothiazine Based Photosensitizers under the direction of Professor Kathy Grant.  Dr. Beth Wilson will be taking a postdoctoral position in San Diego at the end of the term.

Dr. Gurpreet Kaur has successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Gurpreet Kaur has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Synthesis of Boronic Acid Sensors for Glucone and Synthesis of Novel and Selective PDE4 Enzyme Inhibitors" under the direction of Prof. Wang.  Please congratulate Dr. Kaur on her excellent work.  We wish her continued success.

Dr. Jack Zheng successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Jack Zheng successfully defended his dissertation entitled Development of Chiral/Achiral Analysis Methods for Use in CE and CE Coupled to M.S. under the direction of Professor Shamsi.  Dr. Zheng has taken a lucrative industrial position.

Dr. Anila Gill successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Anila Gill successfully defended her dissertation entitled Insights into Sulfonated Phthalocyanines; Insights into Anionic Tetraaryl Phorphyrins; Irradiation of Cationic Metalloporphyrins Bound to DNA under the direction of Professor Dabney Dixon.  Dr. Gill has accepted a position teaching at a private school.

Dr. Yi Miao successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Yi Miao successfully defended her dissertation entitled Shape-Dependent Molecular Recognition of Specific Sequences of DNA by Heterocyclic Cations under the direction of Professor Dave Wilson.

Ms. Jane Hoang successfully defended M.S. thesis

   Ms. Jane Hoang successfully successfully defended her M.S. thesis entitled Inactivation of Choline Oxidase by Irreversible Inhibitors or Storage Conditions under the direction of Professor Gadda.

Dr. Yunfeng Tie successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Yunfeng (Tracy) Tie successfully defended her dissertation entitled Crystallographic Analyis and Kinetic Studies of HIV-1 Protease and Drug-Resistant Mutants under the direction of Professor Weber.

Lisa Jones wins Suddath Symposium First Place Prize Again

   Once again Lisa Jones in Dr. Jenny J. Yang's group won first prize in the poster competition at the 14th Suddath Symposium of Signal Molecule Dynamics in Biology.  The title of Lisa's poster this year is Structural Biology of a Novel Calcium Binding Proteins.

Dr. Mahmoud Ghanem successfully defended dissertation

   Dr. Mahmoud Ghanem successfully defended his dissertation entitled On the mechanistic roles of the protein positive charge close to the N(1) flavin locus in choline oxidase under the direction of Professor Gadda.

Rafay Shareef successfully defended his M.S. thesis

   Rafay Shareef has successfully defended his M.S. thesis entitled Synthesis Of Potential Anti-Leishmanial Dicationic Diaryldiamidnes under the direction of Professor Boykin.

Dr. April Ellis successfully defended dissertation

    April Ellis successfully completed the defense of her dissertation entitled Rational Design of Calcium Biosensors under the direction of Professor Jenny Yang.  Dr. Ellis will officially graduate in May of 2006.  She will be the first Chemistry Brains and Behavior Fellow to complete the Ph.D. degree.  Congratulations!

Dr. Fan Fan successfully defended dissertation

    Dr. Fan Fan successfully defended her dissertation entitled "On the Catalytic Mechanism of Choline Oxidase" under Professor Gadda's.  direction.  Dr. Fan is the first MBD Fellow working in Chemistry to finish (hopefully more to come in Spring).  Her Ph.D. officially will be awarded in Biology but she'll always be a biochemist in our minds!

Dr. Brian Crow successfully defended dissertation

    Dr. Brian Crow successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Epoxidation of Alkenes by Dimethyldioxirane: Kinetics, Activation Parameters and Solvent Studies" under Professor Baumstark's.  direction.  Dr. Crow has taken an industrial position in Norcross.  We wish him the best of luck in his career.

Yi Miao's poster wins award

   Yi Miao of Dr. Wilson's group attended the Biannual International BIAcore Molecular Interaction Conference 2005 in Philadelphia and presented a poster, "Biosensor Analysis of Antiparasitic Diamidine-DNA Interactions" which is a collaboration with the Boykin group.  Yi was one of three poster award winners at the conference.

Dr. Anna Wilkins Maniccia's dissertation defense

    It is Chairman Baumstark's pleasure to announce the successful defense of Dr. Anna Wilkins Maniccia's dissertation entitled "Analyzing the Effects of Net Charge and Ligand Type to the Metal Binding Affinities for Calcium Binding Proteins by Design" under the direction of Dr. Jenny Yang.  Please join Dr. Baumstark in congratulating Dr. Maniccia. .

Rucks Winkeljohn's dissertation defense

    It is Chairman Baumstark's pleasure to announce the successful defense of Rucks Winkeljohn's dissertation entitled "Synthetic and Physical Studies of Heteroatom Chemistry" under the joint direction of Professor Strekowski and Professor Baumstark.  Please congratulate Dr. Winkeljohn.  He will start a postdoctoral appointment with Dr. Dunams on Defense-related research next month.

Lisa Jones wins the Suddath Poster Presentation

    Congratulations to Lisa Jones of Dr. Jenny Yang's lab for winning the Poster Presentation award at the 13th Annual Bud Suddath Bioscience Symposium "Fluorescence Imaging in Cellular Biology."  Her poster was entitled "Understanding the Effect of Electrostatic Interactions on Calcium Binding Affinity: Proteins by Design."  Co-authors include Kendra L Hubbard, Daniel Spratt, Wei Yang, Yiming Ye, and Jenny J Yang.

Nebiyou Desalegn's successful M.S. thesis defense

    It is Chairman Baumstark's pleasure to announce the successful defense of Ning Chen's thesis entitled "Kinetic Studies of the Thermolysis of 3-Halogenated-4,5-Dihydro-3H-Pyrazoles" under the co-direction of Professors Kennedy and Baumstark.