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Discovery and Development of HIV drugs


    The presentation was based on the discovery and development of a HIV drug by Dr. Brian Johns who graduated with a degree in chemistry from Andrews University. He then received his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Wayne State University and followed with his NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. He is currently the director of the HIV Medicinal Chemistry. In his career he has help invent over 40 patents and patent applications.

A closer look at Concrete


The title of the seminar was “MAS-NMR spectroscopy of calcium aluminosilicate hydrate”, by Leslie J. Struble. She works with the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois. Dr. Struble has a Ph.D in civil engineering and is the director of the Center for Cement Composite Materials.

Light Activated DNA Cleaving Agents


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    Sundeep Rayat has received a PhD in Chemistry at the University Missouri Columbia after receiving the BSc and MSc (honors) Chemistry degrees from Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India. She is now a teacher of organic chemistry at Ball State University. Her research focuses on experimental and computational investigations of  the optoelectronic and biological properties of unique classes of N-fused heterocycles, and synthesis and of tetracolethione based prodrugs for application in photodynamic therapy .

DNA Catalyst for Protein Cleavage


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     Ben Brandsen was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his biochemistry BS degree from Calvin College. He is now a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Chemistry. He worked with several professors, focusing on topics such as, the conformational effects of intermolecular hydrogen bonding, the identification and development of DNA catalysts to cleave peptide bonds and his most recent study using DNA as a catalyst for chemical reactions.

Protein-based Biomaterials



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Protein-based Biomaterials for Medical Uses


        Julie C Liu is an assistant professor at Purdue University for chemical and biomedical engineering. She has a B.S.E from Princeton in chemical engineering, a NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in the department of cell biology, a Ph.D. and a M.S from the California Institute of technology.

Nitrogen Management


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Nitrogen Management in Agriculture


    The speaker for this seminar was Dr. Neville Millar, the senior research associate at Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. Before he moved to the United States he lived in Scotland where he obtained his BS in Chemistry from Scotland’s first university; the University of St. Andrews. He also received his MSc in Applied Environmental Science at the University of London and then he finished up his PhD in Tropical Agriculture in the year 2002.