Ms. Melissa Budelier and Ms. Lucy Li were awarded the 2018 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

On May 22nd, 2018, Ms. Melissa Budelier and Ms. Lucy Li were awarded the 2018 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry.

Ms. Budelier presented her research entitled “Mapping Ligand Binding Sites in Integral Membrane Proteins”. Ms. Budelier was a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Program. Ms. Budelier was nominated by her thesis mentor Dr. Alex Evers. In Dr. Evers lab, Melissa’s work focused on developing chemical biology tools and mass spectrometric (MS) methods to sequence the transmembrane domains (TMDs) of integral membrane proteins (IMPs) and identified the sites at which sterol analogue photoaffinity labeling reagents modify these proteins.

Ms. Budelier successfully defended her thesis in March, 2018 and graduated in May, 2018. Ms. Budelier will begin a Clinical Chemistry Fellowship, within the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine, here at Washington University in Saint Louis.

 

Ms. Li presented her research entitled “Glycan precursor transport in Cryptococcus neoforman”. Ms. Li is an MSTP student in the Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis graduate program. Ms. Li was nominated by her thesis mentor Dr. Tamara Doering. In Dr. Doering’s lab, Lucy studied how C. neoformans localizes nucleotide sugars to the appropriate subcellular compartment to act as donors for capsule synthesis.

Ms. Li defended her thesis in August of 2017. She then returned to medical school in order to finish the last two years of her degree. Ms. Li anticipates graduating in May 2019 and is planning to complete her residency after graduation.

 

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