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  • Dr. John Jewett Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

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Fusing chemistry, commerce a success

CBC Labs Put the "Tree" in Chemistry

Dr. John Jewett Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Fusing chemistry, commerce a success

CBC Labs Put the "Tree" in Chemistry

Dr. John Jewett Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Spotlights

Faculty

Professor Robin Polt won 1st place honors in the 2015 Catalyst Award competition for earning the highest applied science metrics as calculated by the UA College of Science. He is a contributing scientist to ProNeurogen, Inc., a peptide chemistry company founded by Physiology Professor Meredith Hay. Professor Polt is also a contributing scientist to GlycoSurf, a local Tucson biosurfactant company co-founded by CBC Professor Jeanne Pemberton and Bio5 Professor Raina Maier. He was awarded several exclusive license agreements in 2015.

Research

Indoles, found in essential biological compounds such as tryptophan and serotonin, are also an important class of pharmaceuticals.  Additionally, the number of fluorinated drugs has been rising sharply in recent decades due to fluorine’s beneficial impact on properties ranging from solubility to metabolic activity.  A new synthetic method enabling the synthesis of fluorinated indoles developed by graduate students Edon Vitaku and David Smith under the guidance of Dr.

Students

Michael Dzierlenga, Micah Nelp, and Jessica Wales have been selected as Reid McCarty Scholars. The Reid McCarty Scholarship recognizes and honors a Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student who has demonstrated the ability to carry out independent research in a scholarly and enthusiastic way.