Emory Biotech Consulting Club Kicks Off January 14th!

Emory University is proud to kick-off its new Biotech Consulting Club! The club is designed for graduate students interested in gaining skills in Biotech entrepreneurship, consulting, and project management. During the semester, interested candidates will be grouped into small teams and paired with Emory investigators (PIs) or local start-ups to provide thorough market analyses and develop early-stage ideas into preliminary business plans with executive summaries. This experience is intended to help students build a professional network, gain hands-on experience in a field outside of their own area of study, and expand potential career opportunities.

The first club event is to be held on January 14th to highlight the projects and introduce the project leaders for the inaugural cohort (Spring 2019). Keynote speakers will include Lee Herron, Vice President of Venture Development Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), and Cliff Michaels, Interim Executive Director of Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). The meeting will take place in 360 Atwood Hall from 3:00 to 4:00.

Check out the flyer below or @EmoryBCC on Twitter for more information!

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Congratulations, Dr. Matt Epplin!

On December 20th, 2018, Matt Epplin successfully defended his thesis, “The Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Subunit-Selective Modulators of the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor”. Matt’s thesis committee included his advisor, Dr. Dennis Liotta and members Dr. Frank McDonald, Dr. David Lynn, and Dr. Stephen Traynelis.

During his time at Emory, he developed chemical tools for NMDA towards understanding neuropsychiatric disease. Now, Matt is looking forward to starting his postdoc at Stanford with Dr. Noah Burns.

Congratulations, Dr. Epplin!

2018 STEM Research and Career Symposium Recap

The 2018 STEM Research and Career Symposium, organized by the Laney Graduate School, took place earlier this week.  Faculty and students from diverse backgrounds were invited to present their research, engage in networking opportunities, and get to know Emory’s graduate program. Attendees shared ideas and STEM experiences during oral presentations, breakout meetings, poster sessions, and meals. The Keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen, President of Goucher College and author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. In an entertaining and humor-filled presentation, he discussed the biology of learning, tips to success, and more.

Davies group members Robert Kubiak and Yannick Boni presenting the CCHF poster.

Dr. James Kindt served as a Co-Organizer for the event alongside Dr. Eddie Morgan from the Department of Pharmacology. Several graduate students in the Department of Chemistry were spotted at the symposium mingling with visiting undergraduate students and sharing their amazing research. The event even featured a poster highlighting all that the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF) has to offer.

Thank you to everyone who attended and represented the Department of Chemistry!

Photo from @Wuestlab on Twitter.

Congratulations, Dr. Lara Patel!

On Monday, July 16th, Lara Patel successfully defended her thesis, “Changes in state: From phase transitions to nucleation and aggregation”. Lara’s thesis committee included her thesis advisor, Dr. James Kindt, and members Dr. Joel Bowman and Dr. Francesco Evangelista.

During her time at Emory, Lara contributed to the publication of four manuscripts:

1.  Patel, L. A.; Kindt J. T., Simulations of NaCl aggregation from solution: Solvent determines topography of free energy landscape. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2018. (Submitted)

2. Zhang, X.; Patel, L. A.; Beckwith, O.; Schneider, R.; Weeden, C.; Kindt, J. T., Extracting aggregation free energies of mixed clusters from simulations of small systems: Application to ionic surfactant micelles. J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (11), 5195–5206. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00671)

3. Patel, L. A.; Kindt, J. T., Cluster free energies from simple simulations of small numbers of aggregants: Nucleation of liquid MTBE from vapor and aqueous phases. J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (3), 1023–1033. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.6b01237)

4. Patel, L. A.; Kindt, J. T., Coarse grained molecular simulations of DPPC vesicle melting. Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 1765-1777. (DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02560E)

Congratulations, Dr. Patel!