Graduate News

Discover the groundbreaking research projects graduate students are working on, as well as prestigious awards and fellowships students are receiving.

  • June 2, 2017

    BUnano Symposium sheds light on innovations in imaging

    On May 2 BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center (BUnano) held its inaugural symposium “Nanotechnology for Imaging”. The symposium focused on The "Nanotechnology For Imaging" symposium will be focused on highlighting accomplishments of BUnano faculty and students, and featured keynote presentation by 2014 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, Professor Stefan Hell.   BUnano Center Director Prof. Mark Grinstaff welcomed the audience in the packed Metcalf Trustee Ballroom. and presented BUnano’s mission to promote a vibrant and dynamic community for nano-related disciplines at BU. What distinguishes BUnano from other nano centers in the Boston area is its connection to the Boston Medical Center and the BUSM. ... [ More ]

  • April 6, 2017

    Melissa Marquez of the Perlstein Group award NSF-GRFP Fellowship

    Melissa Marquez, a second-year graduate student in Professor Deborah Perlstein’s group, has recently received a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a minor in mathematics from Mount Saint Mary’s University and as an undergraduate conducted research in Dr. Eric Stemp’s lab focusing on DNA-protein cross-linking resulting from oxidative damage to DNA. She was introduced to Boston by participating in Tufts University’s NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2013 and worked in Dr. Mitch McVey’s lab where she focused on determining the lethality stages in Drosophila melanogaster Werner Syndrome exonuclease... [ More ]

  • June 3, 2015

    BU Ignition Award Fosters Doerrer Group Research

    Professor Linda Doerrer and fourth year graduate student, Steven Hannigan, were chosen as recipients of a Boston University Ignition Award.   This program provides funds to validate early-stage research projects with clear commercial potential. The Doerrer group has  determined that a fully fluorinated copper(II) compound can electrocatalytically reduce nitrate in water. Such a technology would be extremely relevant to today's market for water treatment systems because it addresses an increasingly significant environmental problem.  Nitrate is a common component in all man-made fertilizers and is, therefore, increasingly found in all salt- and fresh-water bodies. The nitrate is a fertilizing food source for... [ More ]

  • April 24, 2015

    NSF Graduate Fellow Joins Straub Group

    2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipient, George Pantelopulos, has joined Chemistry to do his proposed graduate research in theoretical chemistry with Prof. John Straub and his group.   George aims  to model the kinetics of phase transitions in a system of components (lipids and cholesterol) commonly found in eukaryotic cell membranes using the Generalized ReplicaExchange Method (gREM) developed by the Straub group and constructing a Markov State Model (MSM) of a mixed bilayer.  George believes that his study will yield a statistically detailed model of the thermodynamics and kinetics of mixed bilayer phases, something which has been sought... [ More ]

  • February 26, 2015

    Whitty Lab Paper Chosen as Journal’s “Paper of the Week”

    A publication from the research group of Professor Adrian Whitty has been selected by the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) as “Paper of the Week.” This distinction is conferred upon JBC papers that the Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members consider to represent the “top 2% of JBC papers in overall importance.” The paper, “Quantitative Analysis of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase-Effector Coupling at Functionally Relevant Stimulus Levels,” provides a rare, quantitative view of how activation of a growth factor receptor is linked to signaling and function. The work is significant because it sheds new light on some of the factors that... [ More ]

  • January 9, 2015

    Chao Qi Receives 2015 Vertex Scholar Award

    Mr. Chao Qi is the recipient of the 2015 Vertex Scholar Award.  He is a 4th year graduate student in the group of Prof. John A. Porco.  Chao was selected based on his demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry.  He  has developed extremely elegant and enabling synthetic methodology towards two different natural products, making reactions work, and building complex natural product architectures.  Highly productive, he has two major publications, with a third manuscript nearing completion.  In addition, Chao plays a leadership role in the Porco laboratory and is currently mentoring an undergraduate researcher. The 2015 award is made possible by Vertex Pharmaceuticals... [ More ]

  • April 11, 2014

    Doerrer Student Receives 2014 NSF Fellowship

    Ariel Hyre, a first-year graduate student in Professor Linda Doerrer's laboratory, has received a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship on her initial attempt.   NSF stated that she was awarded the 3-year fellowship based on her "outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as [her] potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.”  Ariel, who came to BU after receiving her BS from Brandeis University in 2013 (Cum Laude, High Honors in Chemistry), is deeply committed to materials research that will contribute to environmentally sustainable energy. As an undergraduate, Ariel explored many aspects of chemistry, working... [ More ]

  • October 11, 2013

    Chow Receives NIH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    Jennifer Chow, a third-year graduate student in the group of Professor Adrian Whitty, has received an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA).  Jennifer received the award for her initial submission, which is a singular honor given how competitive this award is each year.  Jennifer will receive 4 years of support to pursue her project, "Activation and Signaling Mechanism of the RET Tyrosine Kinase Receptor." The goal of Jennifer's project is to develop a system using Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to understand the changes that occur upon binding of ligand to growth factor receptors. Aim 1 will develop... [ More ]

  • August 30, 2013

    Golder Receives Vertex Scholar Award

    Matthew Golder is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Vertex Scholar Award.   The award is in recognition of his scientific creativity and leadership.  Matt is a fourth-year graduate student in the group of Prof. Ramesh Jasti. Matt has been working for the past 3 years in the development of synthetic procedures to produce cycloparaphenylenes, the simplest sub-segment of a metallic armchair carbon nanotube. His efforts have lead to three publications thus far (most recently a first author paper in Chemical Science) and several presentations at national meetings. Matt is the fourth Vertex Scholar in the Department. The award is made possible by Vertex... [ More ]

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