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Come have lunch with representatives from Chiral Technologies and Teledyne Isco and learn how to do chiral columns on your flash system. Pizza will be served.

Function Through Bio-Inspired, Synthesis-Informed Design: Approaches to HIV/AIDS Eradication and Treating Alzheimer's Disease


Reception to follow.




Marsha I. Lester, Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor and Editor of The Journal of...

Chemistry Librarian Judith Currano has been named the recipient of the 2016 SLA Rose L....

Research by Kyle Smith (of the Mindiola Group), Simon Berritt, director of the Chemistry HTE...

Associate Professor Joe Subotnik has been named a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.



Research Highlight

D. Chenoweth


Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Named from the Latin for “glue,” its springy, tough coils are the main component of connective tissue, like ligaments and tendons, as well as of skin.


By replacing a carbon and a hydrogen atom with a nitrogen atom at a key part of the protein, David Chenoweth and his research group wer able to add stabilizing hydrogen bonds.


Engineering collagen to be even tougher could form the basis of a variety of medical treatments, such as improved skin grafts and reconstructive surgery. But despite decades of research into collagen’s chemical composition, scientists have thus far been unable to modify the protein “backbone” to make it more resistant to unraveling.


Get the full story from Evan Lerner here.




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