Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in disease.
- Wilfred van der Donk believes universities will lead the fight against bacterial resistance to drugs.
- It took two postdoctoral researchers, a lab technician, four undergraduates and their faculty advisors only four years – a blink of an eye in pharmaceutical terms – to scour a collection of 10,000 bacterial strains and isolate the genes responsible for making 19 unique, previously unknown phosphonate natural products, researchers report.
- Researchers report in the journal Nature that they have made a breakthrough in understanding how a powerful antibiotic agent is made in nature.
- I am very happy to announce that Wilfred van der Donk and John Rogers have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1780 and is one of the nation’s oldest scientific academies.
- Professor Wilfred van der Donk was the third recipient of the Bioorganic Chemistry Award, given biennially by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) to recognise excellence in any area of bioorganic chemistry.
- The Protein Society announces Professor Wilfred van der Donk as the 2013 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award recipient.
- Professor Wilfred van der Donk will present the 2013 ACS Chemical Biology Lecture at the Spring 2013 ACS National Meeting in recognition of his contributions to understanding enzyme reaction mechanisms.
- Professor van der Donk and graduate student Weixin Tang discovered some unexpected enzyme activity in the production of the protein cytolysin by Enterococcus faecalis.
- Chemists led by Professor van der Donk has discovered a molecule very similar to the antibiotic nisin, found naturally in milk and added to food for decades to fight pathogenic bacteria.
- Wilfred A. van der Donk, Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
- Wilfred van der Donk was selected as the RSC 2009 Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Lecture Award winnerWilfred van der Donk was selected as the RSC 2009 Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Lecture Award winner in recognition of his contribution to the field of bioorganic chemistry, particularly related to lantibiotics and molecular processes associated with resistance to antibiotics and bacterial infections.
- A soil microbe that uses chemical warfare to fight off competitors employs an unusual chemical pathway in the manufacture of its arsenal, researchers report, making use of an enzyme that can do what no other enzyme is known to do: break a non-activated carbon-carbon bond in a single step.
- Wilfred van der Donk has won the 2008 SCS Teaching Excellence Award. Only three awards were granted this year throughout SCS.
- The National Institutes of Health has awarded $7 million to a team of researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin to discover, engineer and produce a promising – yet little explored – class of antibiotic agents.