Three DU undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry students presented winning posters in a competition at Carnegie Mellon University’s Bridging Research Communities symposium.
Sara Katrancha, senior biochemistry major from Dunlo, Cambria County, took first place for her poster on the Fragile X syndrome. Her research with Dr. Rita Mihailescu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, analyzed the properties of mutated cellular protein in some patients of Fragile X syndrome. Her goal was to understand if the mutation caused the disease by either a gain or loss of function with respect to the normal cellular protein. (See Katrancha and Mihailescu discuss their work on YouTube.)
Kasey Devlin, sophomore chemistry major from Freeport, Armstrong County, won second place. Her poster, The Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel I 2-II-IV- VI4 Diamond-Like Semiconductor, explained her research of the structure and physiochemical properties of diamond-like semiconductors. Working with Dr. Jennifer Aitken, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Devlin had prepared several new diamond-like semiconductors and studied their crystal structures and properties.
Emily Spitzer, senior biochemistry major from Scranton, received sixth-place for a project dealing with the hepatitis C virus. Her research, conducted with Mihailescu in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, used biochemical and biophysical methods to analyze the binding properties of a peptide nucleic acid. This peptide is designed to fight against the virus’ developing resistance to current therapy received by infected patients.
Grants Received [August 26, 2015]
Funds totaling $160,000 were awarded to the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Education.
DU in the News [August 2015]
News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.
Grants Received [August 19, 2015]
Funds totaling $29,100 were awarded to the Mary Pappert School of Music and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
- Grants Received [August 26, 2015]
New Crowdfunding, Urban Plunge Initiatives Boost Cross-Cultural Missions
While Spring Break provides an opportunity for students to vacation or stay home for relaxation, 65 Duquesne students and staff will take this time to embark on Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences (CCME) that will impact six different areas in the country.
- New Crowdfunding, Urban Plunge Initiatives Boost Cross-Cultural Missions