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Four Undergraduate Students Win Awards for their Research

Dec 08, 2009
Good Students Come in Fours! Since joining the Chemistry Department in 2004, Professor Leslie Fung has proven to be an enthusiastic and effective mentor of undergraduate students, four of whom have recently won awards for their research.
Good Students Come in Fours! Since joining the Chemistry Department in 2004, Professor Leslie Fung has proven to be an enthusiastic and effective mentor of undergraduate students, four of whom have recently won awards for their research. For her work on mutant spectrin as a means to understand the interactions between the subunits of this protein, Mary Youkhana has received the newly inaugurated Caterpillar Undergraduate Research Award, while Mallory McLaughlin and Mohini Pathria have won Kabbes Undergraduate Research Awards. Mallory is using a recently published E. coli two-hybrid method with fluorescent detection to study the binding of brain proteins to spectrin. Mohinin, on the other hand, is designing a model protein to study the formation of functional brain spectrin tetramers. Earlier this fall, Aunica Jones won an LAS Undergraduate Research Initiative Award and is using affinity chromatography to purify different enzymes targeted for drug development, including PurE, a mutase involved in the bacterial biosynthesis of purine. 
If you are an undergraduate student interested in research opportunities in the Chemistry Department, you can learn more here, or contact a faculty 

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