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Yuhao Min photoUndergraduate senior, Yuhao Min, received a Carl R. Woese Undergraduate Research Scholarship. He is pursuing research with Huimin Zhao and Wilfred van der Donk on a collaborative project focused on engineering a peptidic anticancer compound. IGB News.
Kami Hull photoKami Hull has won a 2017 Amgen Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes young chemists who are making significant contributions to the field of organic chemistry and pharmaceutical research.
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer photoSharon Hammes-Schiffer has been selected as the winner of the 2019 G.M. Kosolapoff Award by the Auburn Local Section of the American Chemical Society and Auburn University.
left to right - Daniel Bregante, David FlahertyDavid Flaherty and Daniel Bregante are working on a greener way to produce plastic and resin precursors that are derived from fossil fuels. U of I News Bureau.
Wilfred van der Donk photoWilfred van der Donk will receive the Vincent du Vigneaud Award from the American Peptide Society. du Vigneaud studied chemistry at the University of Illinois and later became a faculty member. He was awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on peptide hormones.
Fengjiao Zhang and Ying Diao photoPostdoctoral researcher Fengjiao Zhang and Professor Ying Diao developed devices for sensing disease markers in breath. U of I News Bureau.
Pictured, back row: Chemistry professor Martin Burke, undergraduate students James Fan and Chris Nardone. Front row: graduate students Anna SantaMaria, Anthony Grillo, and Alexander Cioffi.The Martin Burke group and collaborators have developed molecular prosthetics, small molecules that can treat protein deficiencies. These have the potential to treat incurable diseases such as anemias and cystic fibrosis. LAS News. Cosmos.
Researchers converted a compound that kills gram-positive bacteria into a broad-spectrum antibiotic that also kills gram-negative microbes. The converted molecule is 6DNM-amine, pictured.Through modifying a drug used against gram-positive bacteria, the Hergenrother group found a much needed broad-spectrum antibiotic. They did so using multi-approach methods of computation, screening and modification of natural product libraries. UIUC News Bureau.
SCS undergraduates Jerome Davis, Dongkwan Lee, and Kang Yong Loh, were awarded Beckman Institute Awards to do summer research. Ashley Lenhart received a Janssen Family Undergraduate Research Award, and Michael Jorgensen was awarded a Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Award. LAS News.

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