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Eight Undergraduates receive support to conduct research this summer

​(from left) Matthew Hurlock, Nicole Wenzell(previous year), Arvind Annamalai, Lucas Onisk, David Plastino, Griffen Desroches, Alex Manders, Hannah Wastyk and Zachary Jones.  Jacob Piane, not pictured. .

The 2016 Plastino Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellow Awards were formally announced at a dinner held at the Courtyard by Marriott on Monday, May 9th. As usual, the guest of honor was the alumnus who has made all of this possible: Mr. David A. Plastino (BS/CHEM/78). Dave, who carried out his undergraduate research under the supervision of Associate Professor Emeritus John E. Bulkowski, proceeded to earn an MBA at the University of Michigan. This was followed by a stellar career in investment banking, first at Goldman-Sachs, then at UBS, where he rose to become the Senior Vice President of Investments in Philadelphia.

Nicole Wenzell (BS/BIOC/17), a member of the 2015 Plastino Fellows Class, presented an excellent lecture on “Understanding a Fundamental Force in Protein Folding: Tuning the n - π* Interaction via Designed Peptides” based on her work in the laboratory of Prof. Neal Zondlo.

Normally, the size of each yearly class of Fellows is six in number. This year, thanks to significant financial support provided by some of the Fellows’ mentors, we were able to expand the class to eight Fellows, each of whom will be engaged in the indicated research projects during the following summer:

  • Arvind Annamalai (BS/CHEM/17) "Structural Contexts of Phosphorylation and OGIcNAcylation" - Prof. Neal Zondlo
  • Griffen Desroches (BS/CHEM/18) "Synthesis and Characterization of New Rare Earth Intermetallics" - Prof. Svilen Bobev
  • Matthew Hurlock (BS/BIOC/17) "Investigation of ATPase Activity in Nod2 and Nod2 Walker Mutants" - Prof. Catherine Grimes
  • Zachary Jones (BS/CHEM/18) "Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Bioorthogonal UDP N-acetylmuramic Acid Derivatives to Label the Peptidoglycans of S. aureus and B. subtilis" - Prof. Catherine Grimes
  • Alex Manders (BS/CHEM/17) "Enantiospecific Allylic Vinylations to form Quaternary Stereocenters" - Prof. Mary Watson
  • Lucas Onisk (BS/CHEM/17) "Characterization of the Active site of Vanadium Chloroperoxidase and its Peroxo-Intermediate by Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced MAS NMR Spectroscopy" - Prof. Tatyana Polenova
  • Jacob Piane (BS/CHEM/17) "Late-Stage Functionalization via Suzuki Cross Couplings of Un-activated Amines" - Prof. Mary Watson
  • Hannah Wastyk (BS/BIOC/17) "Biochemical Characterization of innate immune Receptor, Nod2 and its Chaperone, Hsp70" - Prof. Catherine Grimes

More on UDaily:

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/may/plastino-research-fellows-051916/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The 2016 Plastino Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellow Awards were formally announced at a dinner held at the Courtyard by Marriott on Monday, May 9th. As usual, the guest of honor was the alumnus who has made all of this possible: Mr. David A. Plastino (BS/CHEM/78).

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