National Chemistry Week: Related Research by Pew Biomedical Scholars and Fellows
Read about 1996 Pew scholar Kevan Shokat's discovery that a chemical in skin cream could slow Parkinson's disease.
This month, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was announced, directing global attention to the importance of chemical studies. The winners—Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel—were recognized for developing some of the first computer models for complex systems of molecules.
1996 Pew scholar Carolyn Bertozzi studies how biochemical structures called glycans behave on cell surfaces in various states of health and disease. As the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, Bertozzi hopes to identify how arrangements of those structures can act as biomarkers for cancer.
2012 Latin American fellow Leonardo Boechi explores innovative ways to utilize computer simulations of the movements of atoms and molecules. As a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Andrew McCammon at the University of California, San Diego, he’s fine-tuning the technology to understand how blood clots form—with the aim of being able to prevent them.
As the American Chemical Society celebrates National Chemistry Week on Oct. 20 to 26, these projects and others illuminate the importance of chemistry research for the advancement of human health.
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- Oct 21, 2013
Diana Bautista, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, was featured in a segment of Morning Edition, explaining the vibrating sensation we experience when we eat Sichuan peppers. Her research on the nerve cells involved in the response to spicy food could unveil possible treatments for tingling and numbing paresthesia, or chronic “pins and needles.”More info
Nobel laureate Torsten Wiesel helped establish the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, and is chair of the program’s national advisory committee. In this video, he discusses the program’s origins and successes over its first two decades.More info
In January, Antonio Giraldez, a 2008 Pew Scholar, was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his research on the role of microRNAs in the early developmental stages of vertebrates.More info
The sensation of feeling itchy is pretty universal, and yet scientists still don't completely understand the complex processes that give us the urge to scratch.More info
Two BU researchers will travel to Washington, D.C., later this year to accept the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), one of the highest honors for young science and engineering professionals.More info
In October, 2013 Pew scholar Shelly Peyton won the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. With the funds, the assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is focusing on cancer spread—and the possibility that some cancer treatments might speed up the process.More info
Wired magazine has compiled a list of the year’s best scientific visualizations—including an image by 2013 Pew scholar Viviana Gradinaru. In collaboration with other researchers at California Institute of Technology, the assistant professor created a technique to make fatty tissues translucent and color-coded for easier study.More info
Mark Davis, a 1985 Pew scholar and director of Stanford University’s Institute for Immunity Transplantation and Infection, is featured in US News & World Report for his research on how men and women respond differently to influenza vaccines. His study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to demonstrate a correlation between testosterone levels, gene expression, and immune responsiveness in humans.More info