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December 11, 2018   Professor Craig Lindsley Announced as a 2018 National Academy of Inventors Fellow Read full article here.

December 4, 2018    Assistant Professor Steven Townsend Receives Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

October 29, 2018   Associate Professor Renã Robinson Named As One of Indiana University Bloomington’s “20 Under 40” Alumni Read full article here.

October 4, 2018   Professor Brian Bachmann's Article Featured in The Conversation Read full article here.

October 3, 2018   Tenured Faculty Position Opening, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry See full description here.

September 25, 2018   Professors Michael Stone and Carmelo Rizzo Awarded NIH Funding to Study Chemical Biology of Guanine Alkylation  The National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a Program Project grant to Profs. Stone and Rizzo to delineate both chemistry and biology arising from the alkylation of guanine. Additionally, Prof. Martin Egli (Vanderbilt University, Department of Biochemistry), Profs. Stephen Lloyd and Amanda McCullough (Oregon Health & Science University), and Prof. Robert Turesky (University of Minnesota), will participate in this research team. DNA alkylating agents, particularly nitrogen mustards (NM), remain a mainstay in the treatment of many cancers. N7-dG alkylation products undergo transformations forming complex and largely uncharacterized DNA damage. These unmask chemical functionalities with the potential to modulate DNA repair or replication or to serve as obligate chemical intermediates in the formation of interstrand DNA cross-links. Profs. Stone and Rizzo will focus upon the chemistry and biology by which complex damage arising from N7-dG alkylation, including alkyl-Fapy-dG lesions and AP sites resulting from depurination of N7-dG adducts, is converted into cytotoxic damage. Ultimately, this may be leveraged to increase the cytotoxicity of adjuvant therapies and to suggest new treatment modalities.

August 23, 2018   Assistant Professor Steven Townsend Receives Chancellor's Award for Research  The Chancellor's Awards for Research recognize excellence on the part of faculty for published research, scholarship, or creative expression. Congratulations! Read full article here.

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August 10, 2018   2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awardees and Honorable Mentions Chemistry’s graduate students at Vanderbilt are highly competitive for NSF pre-doctoral fellowships.

Kelsey R. Webb
Vanderbilt Advisors: Bucannan
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia's College at Wise
Awarding NSF Program: Chemistry - Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism

Megan E. van der Horst
Vanderbilt Advisors: Wright
Undergraduate Institution: Hartwick College
Awarding NSF Program: Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging

Jessica Peredes
Undergraduate Institution: New College of Florida
Awarding NSF Program: Chemistry - Chemistry of Life Processes

Marissa Jones
Vanderbilt Advisors: Caprioli
Undergraduate Institution: Southwest Baptist University
Awarding NSF Program: Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging

Breyinn N. Loftin
Vanderbilt Advisors: Harth
Undergraduate Institution: Hampton University 
Awarding NSF Program: Chemistry - Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry

August 6, 2018   Chemistry Department's REU Student Featured in VUMC Reporter Read the full article here.

August 1, 2018   Assistant Professor Steven Townsend Selected as the Recipient of the 2018 Ruth A. Lawrence Investigator Award for Research in Human Milk Science

July 12, 2018   Tommy Howe, Longtime Scientific Glassblower for Chemistry Department, Passes Away Read the full article here.

July 11, 2018   Assistant Professor Steven Townsend's Research on Breast Milk on the Cover of Chemical & Engineering News Read the full article here.

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June 18, 2018   Professor Michael Stone Awarded NIH Funding to Study DNA Adduct-Induced Mutagenesis The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a grant to Prof. Stone to delineate both chemistry and biology arising from dietary exposures to aflatoxin B1 (AFB1). This mycotoxin contributes to the etiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a major cause of mortality worldwide. The etiology of HCC is complex, including infection by hepatitis B virus (HBV) and chronic dietary exposures to AFB1. AFB1 DNA adducts undergo chemical transformations once formed, e.g., unmasking new chemical functionality that may differentially modulate DNA repair and replication. Understanding structure-activity relationships delineating the chemistry of these lesions, their structural alterations to DNA, and interactions with DNA processing enzymes will translate into an understanding as to how their chemistry modulates biological processing; which may drive characteristic mutagenic signatures in HCC. Prof. Stone's work may also facilitate the identification of biomarkers for dietary exposures to AFB1 and identify targets for chemotherapeutic intervention in cancer.

June 1, 2018   Professor Prasad Polavarapu Releases New Book, Chiral Analysis Dr. Polavarapu releases new book, Chiral Analysis: Advances in Spectroscopy, Chromatography and Emerging Methods. Buy the book here.

May 23, 2018   Professor Brian Bachmann Develops New Process to Identify Personalized Cancer Drugs Derived from Nature Read the full article here.

May 17, 2018   Professor John McLean and Associate Professor Renã Robinson Named as SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows for 2018-19 Read the full article here.

May 14, 2018   2017-18 Joesten Science Volunteer Award Winners Announced Congratulations to Samantha Chiang, Nicholas Hyman, and Daniel Shaykevich for winning the 2017-18 Joesten Science Volunteer Award. This award recognizes the highest level of dedication to K-12 Science Outreach activities.

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