Professor David Sarlah and Professor Hee-Sun Han have interdisciplinary projects that have been selected for the Cancer Center at Illinois’ annual seed grant awards.
- Professor Wilfred Van der Donk, the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Pedler Award for the combined application of organic chemistry, molecular biology, and biochemistry to study posttranslationally modified peptides and phosphonate natural products.
- Professor Yi Lu, the Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry, has won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joseph Chatt Award for elucidating design principles of artificial metalloproteins to gain novel and deeper insights into the structure and function of natural systems.
- Professor Wilfred van der Donk has been awarded The Harrison Howe Award for 2020, a prestigious honor that recognizes an outstanding chemist in an acknowledgement of the idea that chemistry and the pursuit of chemical knowledge contribute to the betterment of society.
- Professor Lisa Olshansky is one of 15 researchers chosen for the Searle Scholars Program, a national biomedical research grant program primarily focused on the potential of applicants to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time.
- A research team, including chemistry's Jonathan Sweedler, has developed a mass spectrometry-based screening technique to rapidly profile certain fatty acids and identified new genetically-engineered mutants of a certain yeast that produce higher levels of those acids as part of an overall goal to convert renewable plant biomass to fuels and chemicals.
- The Sweedler Research Group has developed a new technique to measure the amount and distribution of lipids in rat brain samples. The technique can have potential applications in determining how the lipids change as a result of exposure to drugs of abuse.
- Seven University of Illinois graduate students have been named 2020 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellows, including chemistry graduate student Amanda East. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute.
- Professor Liviu Mirica, and colleagues, developed compound that targets molecules associated with Alzheimer's diseaseWhen tested in brain cells and in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, a new compound significantly reduced the number of amyloid plaques in the brain, lessened brain inflammation and diminished other molecular markers of the disease.
- Awards Committee in the Department of Chemistry recommends the appointment of Professor Douglas Mitchell, who is doing world-class work on lasso peptides and other medicinally important chemistry that could lead to development of stable peptides as drug leads.
- Graduate student Marina Philip is the recipient of an American Association of the Advancement of Science Fellowship that will allow her to write about scientific issues for The Las Vegas Review-Journal in Nevada this summer.
- In early March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began shuttering businesses and schools across the United States, Chris Brooke wondered how he would teach his classes online. As the virus spread with astonishing speed, it became frighteningly clear that COVID-19 threatened something greater than just the spring semester, and Brooke, a professor of microbiology, asked a bigger question: How can we help stop it?
- Whether designing and producing face shields for healthcare workers, creating components for virus test kits or developing new widely deployable testing methods to better detect COVID-19, researchers in the Department of Chemistry are applying their expertise to this healthcare crisis in a variety of ways.
- Sriyankari Chitti was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for her potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
- Researchers have developed the first computational model of a human cell and simulated its behavior for 15 minutes – the longest time achieved for a biological system of this complexity.