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2017 David F. Silbert Summer Fellowship

During the summer of 2017, Divya Natarajan, a second-year medical student, was the recipient of the David F. Silbert Summer Fellowship Award.

Supported by this award, Ms. Natarajan performed research in the laboratories of Drs. Rohit Pappu and Ammon Posey in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her projected was entitled “Toward Rational Design of Huntington’s Disease Therapeutics Using Profilin as a Model of Huntingtin Aggregation Suppression Via Multivalent Interactions”. (more…)

Jim Janetka’s Paper with David Sibley Highlighted

Congratulations to Drs. Jim Janetka and Amarendar Maddirala, whose publication was selected as the journal cover of the most recent issue of J. Med. Chem, and was the topic of a recent viewpoint entitled “Novel Molecules To Treat Chronic Central Nervous System Toxoplasmosis” by Sandhya Kortagere. (more…)

Congratulations to Arthur Sletton for receiving the 2017 David F. Silbert Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

The 2016-2017 David F. Silbert Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award foes to Mr. Arthur Sletton for his work in the 2016 Fall Human Body course. Mr. Sletton was nominated by Drs. Kari Allen, Glenn Conroy and Jane Phillips-Conroy. Mr. Sletton exemplified the spirit of this award through his dedication and lasting contribution to the course, the course instructors, and the students in the class. (more…)

Michael Kinch – Cutting NIH budget could cripple drug development

Michael Kinch A proposal to slash funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could severely impair the development of new, life-saving drugs, according to a new analysis by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

NIH funding supports the early research needed to develop new, innovative drugs. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget calls for cutting the NIH budget by 21 percent, or about $7.2 billion. (more…)

Congratulations to Drake Jensen for being selected for the 2017 Elson Fellowship in honor of Dr. Elliot Elson

Mr. Drake Jensen received his B.A. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013. During this time, he began pursuing research in equilibrium and kinetic studies of Calmodulin target recognition. After graduation he continued research in the same lab and completed a M.S. in Chemistry in 2015. He joined the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University the same year as part of the Computational & Molecular Biophysics program. (more…)

Jim Janetka’s work featured in The Source

Congratulations to Jim Janetka, whose work on UTI treatments was featured in The Source.

Dr. Janetka helped with a new study that may prevent the common problem of recurrent urinary tract infections with the use of a molecular decoy that targets e. coli bacteria.

You can read more about the work in the The Source by clicking HERE or on the picture of e. coli.

Whitney Grither awarded 2017 DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry

On May 5th, 2017, Whitney Grither was awarded the 2017 Ceil M. DeGutis Prize in Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry. Whitney presented her research entitled: Selective Small Molecule Inhibition of Discoidin Domain Receptor 2. Whitney graduated this Spring from the Biochemistry graduate program. She finished her PhD work in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Longmore with the express purpose of identifying novel modes of inhibiting an underappreciated collagen receptor, DDR2, which they had just shown was critical for breast cancer metastasis in experimental mouse models and humans (Nature Cell Biology, 2013). (more…)