Chemistry and Biochemistry
Departmental News Fall 2006
are delighted to announce that Professor George
W. Gokel joins the department in the fall as Distinguished
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Associate
Director of the Center for Molecular Electronics. Dr. Gokel is also Professor of Biology. He joins
us from the Washington University School of Medicine,
where he was Director of the Chemical Biology Program
in the Department of Molecular Biology & Pharmacology.
Jingyue (Jimmy) Liu, Director of the Center for
Molecular Electronics and Professor of Physics and
Chemistry also joins us this fall. Professor Liu
received his B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from Beijing University
of Science and Technology, and his Ph.D. degree from
Arizona State University. Prior to joining the University
of Missouri-St. Louis in September 2006, he was a
Senior Science Fellow and Senior Research Manager
at Monsanto Company.
new organic chemist Dr. Eike B. Baur who received
his Ph.D. degree at the University of Erlangen - Nuremberg
in Germany with John Gladysz, and did postdoctoral
research with Keith Hollis at the University of California-Riverside,
joined the department this fall. He was previously
a Visiting Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan
Faculty members have been very successful recently in
seeking and obtaining external research grants. The
following listing includes 2006 awards through June
OBrien (UM-St. Louis) and Leah O'Brien (SIUE)
received a grant for $340,000 from the Experimental
Physical Chemistry program at the National Science
Foundation to study "Spectroscopy of Pd and Pt
V. Demchenko received a five year CAREER award
for $552,000 from the National Science Foundation
for his project "Stereocontrolled synthesis of
1,2-cis glycosides" and a two-year grant from
the American Heart Association for his project "Synthesis
and evaluation of novel lipid-A derivatives"
V. Demchenko received $226,500 for the study "New
methods and strategies for oligosaccharide synthesis"
from the National Institutes of Health for two years.
- Keith Stine and Alexei
V. Demchenko were funded by the NIH for the project
"STICS: Surface-Tethered Iterative Carbohydrate
Synthesis" at a total cost of $399,772 for two
- Christopher D. Spilling has
received official word that his NIH-NIGMS RO1 grant
application "Tetrahydrofurans, Tetrahydropyrans
and 2H Furanones" was funded for four year at
slightly over $1m total costs to begin in August 1,
2006. Professor Cindy Dupureur is a Co-investigator
and Professor Mike Nichols will a key consultant
in this work.
- Michael R. Nichols just received
the news that his 2006 New Investigator Research Grant
entitled "Amyloid-Beta Fibrils: A Trigger for the
Innate Immune Response" was funded by the National
Alzheimer Association. The grant is $100,000 over
- Chung Wong, assistant professor
of chemistry and biochemistry, received a two-year
grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Computer-aided
Design of Anti-cancer Drugs targeting Protein Kinases",
beginning July 1, 2006.
- The 19th Annual Alumni
Lecture was given on Monday May, 1 by Professor
Alicia M. Beatty, BS 1989. Alicia, who received
her PhD degree at Washington University and had been
at Kansas State University and Notre Dame, is in her
second year at Mississippi State University in Starkville
MS. She spoke on From "Dimethyl Tar"
to Clay Mimics: a Sticky Path to Crystal Engineering.
- The Alumni Reception held
on April 7, was a great success. There were 23 alumni
present along with most of the faculty, some spouses
and others including Chancellor Thomas F. George and
Dr. Barbara Harbach.
- James S. Chickos was presented
with the 37th St. Louis Award of
the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society
at the St. Louis Award Banquet to be held at Kemoll's
Restaurant on Saturday evening, April 22. Jim was
honored in a symposium held in the department of chemistry
on Friday April 21.
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