Graduate News

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

  • 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 ]

  • August 1, 2013

    Jasti Group Hosts Steppingstone Students

    For a second year in a row,  Prof. Ramesh Jasti's  group has hosted students from the Steppingstone Foundation to share with them the excitement of nanoscale research.   Steppingstone is a non-profit  that develops and implements programs which prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college success. This year the students learned about nanoscale materials and how their unique properties are a function of their size. The day started with  fun demonstrations of liquid nitrogen and an "explosive" Pringles can. The students then paired off to perform two separate hands-on laboratory experiments. The first lab illustrated the principle of chemical... [ More ]

  • July 30, 2013

    Vertex Continues Support of BUWIC Programs

    For the second year in a row, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has continued its support of Chemistry's student organization, Boston University Women in Chemistry (BUWIC).   Vertex's 2013-2014 support will help facilitate professional development opportunities for BUWIC members and advance chemistry education for young women.  BUWIC will use the funds to provide 10 conference registration fellowships, pay for seminar expenses associated with outside speakers, and advance chemistry training by bringing three high school students to experience hands-on research in BU Chemistry laboratories. There were 15 applications from high school students for the summer research opportunity.  Of these three were selected: Trizzi Lam, a rising high... [ More ]

  • July 25, 2013

    AstraZeneca Fellowship Awarded to Thomas Sisto

    Fourth-year graduate student Thomas Sisto in Prof. Ramesh Jasti's group has been awarded the 2013-2014 AstraZeneca Fellowship in Organic Chemistry. The award is in recognition of his scientific creativity and productivity. Tom joined the Jasti research group as a Dean’s Fellow in the Summer of 2010. Since then he has published four papers (three as a first author). Currently Tom's research aim is to synthesize a carbon nanotube by organic synthesis. Achieving this goal will be an enormous accomplishment for organic chemistry, as well as for materials science. At the same time, he has developed a collaborative project with Prof. Colin... [ More ]

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