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News & Events

  • Cliff Berkman’s research leads to Bayer license option agreement. Read More
  • Professor Ming Xian received a National Science Foundation CAREER award.  “The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Funding News

  • More good news for Professor Berkman, who was just awarded $134,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Small Grants for Exploratory Research.  Professor Berkman will use these funds to study the self-activation of N-phosphorylated amino acids for peptide synthesis.
  • Professor Ming Xian just received a Scientist Development Award from the American Heart Association to explore ”New Chemical Probes for Nitric Oxide Research.”  The amount of the award was $308,000 for 4 years.
  • Congratulations to Professor Cliff Berkman who was recently awarded three grants.  Cliff, along with Professors Paul Benny (chemistry) and Jeffrey Bryan (veterinary clinical sciences) were awarded $622,266 from the Department of Energy over two years to explore the “Development of Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) Inhibitors Coupled to 99mTc(C0)3 for Enhanced Specific Activity for SPECT Imaging.”
    In addition, Cliff was awarded $357,679 from the National Institutes of Health to study “Chemoaffinity Agents for Capturing Prostate Cancer Cells” and $679,964 from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund to study “Chemoaffinity Agents for the Detection of Prostate Cancer”
  • Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Jones (chemistry) who along with and Matthew Hudelson (mathematics) were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study “Predicting Rates and Regioselectivity in Cytochrome P450 Mediated Reactions” The grant award of $1.6 million is for five years.

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