Research News

  • January 10, 2017

    Dr. Sean Elliott Receives 4 Year National Institute of Health Grant to study “Structure, Function and Diversity in the Bacterial Cytochrome c Peroxidase Family”

                        Dr. Sean Elliott was recently awarded 4 years of support from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for his research into bCCPs. The new grant will enable studies in the Elliott Group to dissect the way in which nature has made use of a common motif of bioinorganic chemistry, the iron-bearing structure known as a c-type heme, and to utilize it for diverse chemistry. While Elliott has a long-running interest in heme and redox chemistry, here the group studies the titular ‘bacterial cytochrome c peroxidase’ (or, bCCP) family of enzymes. While prototypical bCCPs are found in gram negative microorganisms where they... [ More ]

  • December 21, 2016

    Dr. Arturo Vegas Highlighted in BU Today

                          Dr. Arturo Vegas was recently featured in BU Today for his research into Type 1 Diabetes. The full article is called "New Targets to Treat Type 1 Diabetes" and there's an excerpt from the article by Barbara Moran is below. For more information about Dr. Vegas visit his Faculty Page and for more on his research group visit the Vegas Group Page. "Type 1 diabetes is rare but devastating. A person’s own immune system attacks the pancreas, destroying insulin-producing tissue and the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. About five percent of people with diabetes—approximately 1.25 million Americans—have this form of the disease, according... [ More ]

  • November 27, 2016

    Dr. Arturo Vegas Presents Research to Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

    On October 5th, 2016 Dr. Arturo Vegas, who is a leader in the development of targeted therapies, discussed the recent progress to overcome challenges in the field including the development of automated insulin dosing, the production of mature insulin-producing cells from human stem cells, and new materials that can be used to prevent the rejection of transplanted insulin-producing tissue to the Coalition for the Life Sciences Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus. Lynn Marquis, the Director of the Coalition for the Life Sciences Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, invited Dr. Vegas to present his exciting research on Type 1 diabetes to a varied group of Congressional Representatives... [ More ]

  • September 26, 2016

    Bjoern Reinhard Awarded 3 Year National Science Foundation Research Grant

    Dr. Reinhard recently received 3 Years of research funding for his proposal titled: "OP: Plasmonic Enhancement of Chiral Forces for Enantiomer Separation." An object is chiral if it cannot be mapped to its mirror image by rotations and translations alone. Chiral molecules can exist a priori in two nonsuperimposable mirror images, that is, enantiomeric forms. Enantiomers can differ in their chemical behavior and reactivity, which can have drastic consequences. In drugs, for instance, one enantiomer may have a desired physiologic effect, while the other enantiomer can be inactive or even harmful. The most infamous example is thalidomide (“contergan”), for which one... [ More ]

  • September 26, 2016

    Arturo Vegas awarded 5 Year New Innovator Award from National Institute of Health

    Dr. Arturo Vegas was awarded 5 years of research support from the National Institute of Health through the New Innovator Award for his proposal entitled "Targeted Immunomodulation of the Diabetic Islet Microenvironment." His interest in the project springs for the fact there are currently no effective treatments for the autoimmunity that causes type 1 diabetes. Generalized immunosuppressive therapies are impractical for long-term care, and there remains a critical need to develop targeted therapies to treat diabetes-causing autoimmunity. To address this important challenge to the treatment of type 1 diabetes, this research focuses on the development of novel islet-targeted conjugates, nanomaterials, and targeting... [ More ]

  • September 14, 2016

    Dr. Arturo Vegas is a 2016 Peter Paul Career Development Professorship Recipient

    Dr. Arturo Vegas is a 2016 Peter Paul Career Development Professorship Recipient Boston University’s Chemistry Department is proud to announce that  Professor Arturo Vegas has been selected as one of this year’s three recipients of the 2016-2017 Peter Paul Career Development Professorships at Boston University. The awards highlight the caliber, potential, and continued vitality of Boston University’s diverse faculty and include a three-year, non-renewable stipend designed to support scholarly or creative work, as well as a portion of the recipients’ salaries. Peter Paul Career Development Professorships are awarded University-wide. This year’s Career Development Professorship recipients have all been cited for their extraordinary accomplishments in their... [ More ]

  • August 10, 2016

    Sean Elliott receives 4 Year NIH Grant

    Professor Sean J. Elliott was recently awarded 4 Years of funding from the National Institute of Health for his proposal entitled: Redox Reactions of the AdoMet Radical Enzyme Superfamily. The new grant will fund research into the oxidation/reduction chemistry of enzymes that belong to the AdoMet Radical Enzyme (ARE) superfamily. The ARE superfamily makes use of an unusual iron-sulfur cluster and S-adenosyl methionine to achieve a diverse array of chemical transformations. This research is relevant to human health, as AREs are important enzymes in the production of natural products that can serve as drug molecules. The project will provide insights into the fundamental processes... [ More ]

  • July 14, 2016

    Boston University Chemistry 2015-2016 Academic Year Grant Awards

    The Chemistry Department is one of the most active research departments at Boston University. With 24 research active faculty involved in many different focus areas, we are committed to a research active learning environment where our faculty and students are afforded the opportunity to do cutting edge chemical research.  In order to continue to build on our strong research focus, our faculty have submitted over 30 grant proposals during the 2015-2016 academic year, with 20 of them being awarded totaling over $5 million in new funding this year alone. Below is a list of the awarded grant proposals as well as their abstracts.  For more... [ More ]

  • May 11, 2016

    Tyler Casselman wins 2016 Laursen Summer Research Scholarship

    Undergraduate student Tyler Casselman, a rising Junior doing research in Prof. John Snyder's laboratory, is the 2016 recipient of the Laursen Summer Research Scholarship (LSRS).  Tyler's summer research continues his investigations in the Snyder group into a synthesis of drug transport within a polymer.  His work focuses on developing a procedure to integrate a highly reactive ring system, known as a tetrazine, into polymers. This has an immediate application to drug transport within a polymer via a cycloaddition, which will further the research of the Snyder Group. Tyler, who is 21 and comes from East Amherst, New York, is interested in natural product synthesis... [ More ]

  • May 11, 2016

    Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL, coauthor of a paper selected for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers

    BU Chemistry Professors are moving and shaking these days, with publications like this on being accepted into Journals such as the 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers. The paper, whose lead author was Dr. Ramiro Chavez, a graduate student at BU in the lab of Malika Jeffries-EL, focuses on a structure–property investigation of a series of cross-conjugated molecules shows that their performance is dependent on both the nature of the substituents and their conjugation axis.   For more information on the publication click here.

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