August Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

 

Blakey Group

 

Bowman Group

 

Brathwaite Group

 

Dyer Group

 

Evangelista Group

 

Kindt Group

 

Lian Group

 

Salaita Group

 

Wuest Group

 

 

Amy Solinski to Present at the ACS National Meeting

On the 25th of August, Amy Solinski will take the stage at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego to present at the Merck-sponsored Women Chemist Committee (WCC) Session. The opportunity is a wonderful recognition of Amy’s scientific excellence as well as her advocacy for women in science – she is a recipient of the 2018 ACS Georgia Section Women in Chemistry Scholarship, a member of the Georgia Chapter of the WCC, and a member of Emory’s Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

Amy Solinski’s contributions at Emory paint a picture of an engaged, curious, and creative scholar. From collaborations in the Wuest Lab and beyond to outreach with multiple organizations, she has had an impact on the Emory community. Her contributions to our community are made all the more impressive by the fact that, despite being a rising fifth year graduate student, she has only been at Emory for two years as of this June. She moved to Emory from Temple University with her advisor, Dr. Bill Wuest, when he joined the Emory faculty in 2017. Amy’s hobby of photography has had a visual impact on the community as well. Her work is featured on the Wuest Lab website, the Department of Chemistry website, and has been featured in multiple chemistry news stories.

In the Wuest Lab, Amy’s graduate research centers around the development of antibiotics derived from natural products. She uses chemical tools to study complex biological systems, specifically focusing on biofilm growth in the oral cavity. In fact, her manuscript, “Synthetic Simplification of Carolacton Enables Chemical Genetic Studies in Streptococcus mutans”, was recently published in ACS Infectious Diseases. This research will be the focus of her talk at the ACS meeting.

Amy appreciates the dynamic nature of the research in the Wuest lab. Although most of the research projects start with synthesis, they tend to branch out into medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, or other fields of chemical application. “You aren’t pigeonholed into one area of science,” says Amy. “If a project takes you in a new direction, you are encouraged to continue in that direction.” Fortunately, her lab members are keen to collaborate and, when she needed resources outside of her own lab, she was able to reach out to other labs. In fact, she has been a part of three separate collaborations so far!

When she isn’t spearheading collaborative research efforts, Amy is also a leader in the many organizations of which she is a member. For the AWIS Emory Graduate Student Chapter, Amy has served as the social networking chair, helping to plan networking events with other organizations. One event this last spring was a brunch social attended by members of the Georgia AWIS chapter, a few engineering organizations, and some members of the Georgia Tech community. As a member of the Georgia Chapter of the WCC, she has also helped manage communications efforts through social media.

Big things are on the horizon for Amy as she enters her fifth year. She has another manuscript soon to be published and has recently embarked on the search for a postdoc position. Although she is open to several possibilities, she is hoping to dive a little deeper into the realm of chemical biology. “I’m really into the idea of using synthesis and chemistry as a tool in biological systems,” Amy says. Her passion for research is matched by her passion for mentorship. Having mentored two undergraduate students and several younger graduate students, she is particularly interested in a career where she can provide one-on-one mentorship to students in a research setting.

“Research is hard!” says Amy. “Sometimes it’s hard to visualize the real impact, but persistence is key.” As she moves closer to the end of her graduate career, she is beginning to see the pieces of her project really come together. Amy is enthusiastic about her career trajectory, confident that she can reach her professional goals, and excited about her recent engagement! She is really looking forward to a bright and fulfilling future.

July Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

 

Bowman Group

Havenith-Newen, M., Schwan, R., Qu, C., Mani, D., Pal, N., Schwaab, G., … & Bowman, J. Observation of the low frequency spectrum of water dimer as a sensitive test of the water dimer potential and dipole moment surfacesAngewandte Chemie.

Conticello Group

Hughes, S. A., Wang, F., Wang, S., Kreutzberger, M. A., Osinski, T., Orlova, A., … & Conticello, V. P. (2019). Ambidextrous helical nanotubes from self-assembly of designed helical hairpin motifs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences116(29), 14456-14464.

Merg, A., Touponse, G., van Genderen, E., Zuo, X., Bazrafshan, A., Blum, T., … & Conticello, V. P. (2019). 2D Crystal Engineering of Nanosheets Assembled from Helical Peptide Building BlocksAngewandte Chemie.

Davies Group

Fu, J., Wurzer, N., Lehner, V., Reiser, O., & Davies, H. M. (2019). Rh (II)-Catalyzed Monocyclopropanation of Pyrroles and Its Application to the Synthesis Pharmaceutically Relevant CompoundsOrganic Letters.

Heaven Group

VanGundy, R. A., Persinger, T. D., & Heaven, M. C. (2019). Improved vibrational constants for BaCl+ X1Σ+. Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, 111176.

Sun, P., Zuo, D., Mikheyev, P. A., Han, J., & Heaven, M. C. (2019). Time-dependent simulations of a CW pumped, pulsed DC discharge Ar metastable laser system. Optics Express27(16), 22289-22301.

Hill Group

Kaledin, A. L., Muthukumar, K., Hill, C. L., & Musaev, D. G. (2019). Effects of Surface Hydration on the Electron Injection Rate from Graphene to Anatase and Rutile TiO2 SurfacesChemical Physics, 110463.

Lynn Group

Grover, M. A., Hsieh, M. C., & Lynn, D. G. (2019). Systems Analysis for Peptide Systems ChemistryLife9(3), 55.

Musaev Group

Kaledin, A. L., Muthukumar, K., Hill, C. L., & Musaev, D. G. (2019). Effects of Surface Hydration on the Electron Injection Rate from Graphene to Anatase and Rutile TiO2 SurfacesChemical Physics, 110463.

Salaita Group

Salaita, K., Wongtrakool, C., & Galior, K. (2019). S. Patent Application No. 16/304,549.

Merg, A., Touponse, G., van Genderen, E., Zuo, X., Bazrafshan, A., Blum, T., … & Conticello, V. P. (2019). 2D Crystal Engineering of Nanosheets Assembled from Helical Peptide Building BlocksAngewandte Chemie.

Salaita, K. S., Schumacher, C., & Stabley, D. R. (2014). S. Patent Application No. 14/347,095.

Wuest Group

Solinski, A. E., Scharnow, A. M., Fraboni, A. J., & Wuest, W. M. (2019). Synthetic Simplification of Carolacton Enables Chemical Genetic Studies in Streptococcus mutansACS Infectious Diseases.

Korobeynikov, V., Borakove, M., Feng, Y., Wuest, W. M., Koval, A. B., Nikonova, A. S., … & Shagisultanova, E. (2019). Combined inhibition of Aurora A and p21-activated kinase 1 as a new treatment strategy in breast cancerBreast cancer research and treatment, 1-14.

Cheng, A. V., Kim, W., Escobar, I. E., Mylonakis, E., & Wuest, W. M. (2019). Structure–Activity Relationship and Anticancer Profile of Second-Generation Anti-MRSA Synthetic RetinoidsACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

Morrison, K. R., Allen, R. A., Minbiole, K. P., & Wuest, W. M. (2019). More QACs, more questions: recent advances in structure activity relationships and hurdles in understanding resistance mechanismsTetrahedron Letters.

June Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

Bowman Group

Stancil, Phillip C., et al. “Rovibrational excitational of diatomic molecules due to H2 collisions: Waiting for Webb.” American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 234. 2019.

Davies Group

Garlets, Zachary J., et al. “Regio-and Stereoselective Rhodium (II)-Catalyzed C–H Functionalization of Organosilanes by Donor/Acceptor Carbenes Derived from Aryldiazoacetates.” Organic letters(2019).

Heemstra Group

Heemstra, Jennifer. “Self‐care is not the enemy of performance.” ChemBioChem(2019).

Hill Group

Stancil, Phillip C., et al. “Rovibrational excitational of diatomic molecules due to H2 collisions: Waiting for Webb.” American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 234. 2019.

Lian Group

Huang, Zhiyuan, et al. “Enhanced near-infrared-to-visible upconversion by synthetic control of PbS nanocrystal triplet photosensitizers.” Journal of the American Chemical Society(2019).

Salaita Group

Salaita, Khalid, Jessica Petree, and Kevin Yehl. “Particles Coated With Catalysts Useful for Splicing Nucleic Acids.” U.S. Patent Application No. 16/180,786.

Wuest Group

Wuest, William M. “Novel Promysalin Analogues and Methods of Use Thereof.” U.S. Patent Application No. 16/091,685.

 

 

EBCC Featured in Emory News

The Emory Biotech Consulting Club, founded by members of the Wuest Lab and supported in part by Dennis Liotta, is featured in a recent Emory News report. The article includes quotes from Henry Zecca (Jui Group) and Bill Wuest.

Young Emory scientists wanted a taste of what biotech business careers might be like. So they visited the world’s largest poultry industry conference, and got advice from officials at the Food and Drug Administration – all within a couple months.

“I learned a ton about chickens – more than I thought possible. I’ve been explaining it all to my friends,” says Henry Zecca, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry.

Zecca’s experience and others emerged at a “Gala” Tuesday evening showcasing the Emory Biotech Consulting Club, which aimed to pair student advisory teams with fledgling startup companies emerging from university research.

The full article is available online from the Emory Report.

April Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

Bowman Group

Qu, C., & Bowman, J. M. (2019). A fragmented, permutationally invariant polynomial approach for potential energy surfaces of large molecules: Application to N-methyl acetamideThe Journal of chemical physics150(14), 141101.

Yang, B., Zhang, P., Qu, C., Stancil, P., Bowman, J., Balakrishnan, N., & Forrey, R. (2019). Full-dimensional quantum rovibrational scattering of SO with H2*Bulletin of the American Physical Society.

Dunham Group

Srinivas, P., Goralski, T. D., Keiler, K. C., & Dunham, C. M. (2019). Alternative mechanisms of ribosome stalling rescue in the gram-negative bacterium Francisella tularensisThe FASEB Journal33(1_supplement), 628-3.

Hoffer, E. D., Maehigashi, T., Fredrick, K., & Dunham, C. M. (2019). Ribosomal am biguity (ram) mutations promote 30S domain closure and thereby increase miscodingThe FASEB Journal33(1_supplement), 628-2.

Dunham, C. M., Hoffer, E. D., Nguyen, H. A., Subramanian, S., Hong, S., & Maehigashi, T. (2019). RNA-mediated Mechanisms of Translation ControlThe FASEB Journal33(1_supplement), 100-1.

Zaldana, K. S., Pavelich, I., Moller, A., & Dunham, C. M. (2019). Dissecting the gene regulation of Proteus vulgaris Rts1 HigB-HigA toxin-antitoxin systemThe FASEB Journal33(1_supplement), 458-20.

Pavelich, I., & Dunham, C. M. (2019). Mechanism and stability of type II bacterial toxin-antitoxin complexes and the role of regulated antitoxin proteolysis that releases toxinThe FASEB Journal33(1_supplement), 463-8.

Nguyen, H. A., & Dunham, C. M. (2019). Importance of the m1G37 modification and 32–38 pairing in tRNAPro (CCG) on decoding and tRNA stabilityThe FASEB Journal33(1_supplement), 630-6.

Dyer Group

Sanchez, M. K., Wu, C. H., Adams, M. W., & Dyer, R. B. (2019). Optimizing electron transfer from CdSe QDs to hydrogenase for photocatalytic H 2 productionChemical Communications.

Deng, H., Dyer, R. B., & Callender, R. (2019). Active Site Glu165 Activation in Triosephosphate Isomerase and its Deprotonation KineticsThe Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

Evangelista Group

Zhang, T., Li, C., & Evangelista, F. A. (2019). Improving the efficiency of the multireference driven similarity renormalization group via sequential transformation, density fitting, and the non-interacting virtual orbital approximationarXiv preprint arXiv:1903.11637.

Li, C., Lindh, R., & Evangelista, F. A. (2019). Dynamically weighted multireference perturbation theory: Combining the advantages of multi-state and state-averaged methodsThe Journal of Chemical Physics150(14), 144107.

Heemstra Group

Lackey, H., Peterson, E. M., Chen, Z., Harris, J. M., & Heemstra, J. M. (2019). Thermostability Trends of TNA: DNA Duplexes Reveal Strong Purine DependenceACS synthetic biology.

Ayele, T., Knutson, S. D., Ellipilli, S., Hwang, H., & Heemstra, J. M. (2019). Fluorogenic Photoaffinity Labeling of Proteins in Living CellsBioconjugate Chemistry.

Heaven Group

Le, A. T., Nakhate, S. G., Nguyen, D. T., Steimle, T. C., & Heaven, M. C. (2019). Characterization of gas-phase thorium nitride. The Journal of chemical physics150(14), 144304.

Hill Group

Tao, M., Li, Y., Geletii, Y. V., Hill, C. L., & Wang, X. (2019). Aerobic oxidation of glycerol catalyzed by M salts of PMo12O403-(M= K+, Zn2+, Cu2+, Al3+, Cr3+, Fe3+)Applied Catalysis A: General.

Tian, Y., Plonka, A. M., Ebrahim, A. M., Palomino, R. M., Senanayake, S. D., Balboa, A., … & Mitchell, M. B. (2019). A Correlated Multimodal Approach Reveals Key Details of Nerve-Agent Decomposition by Single Site Zr-Based Polyoxometalates. The journal of physical chemistry letters.

Ke Group

Wang, W., Chen, S., An, B., Huang, K., Bai, T., Xu, M., … & Wei, B. (2019). Complex wireframe DNA nanostructures from simple building blocksNature communications10(1), 1067.

Musaev Group

McLarney, B. D., Hanna, S. R., Musaev, D. G., & France, S. (2019). A Predictive Model for the [Rh2 (esp) 2]-catalyzed Intermolecular C (sp3)-H Bond Insertion of β-carbonyl Ester Carbenes: Interplay Between Theory and ExperimentACS Catalysis.

Tian, Y., Plonka, A. M., Ebrahim, A. M., Palomino, R. M., Senanayake, S. D., Balboa, A., … & Mitchell, M. B. (2019). A Correlated Multimodal Approach Reveals Key Details of Nerve-Agent Decomposition by Single Site Zr-Based PolyoxometalatesThe journal of physical chemistry letters.

Wuest Group

Zhao, W., Cross, A. R., Crowe-McAuliffe, C., Weigert-Munoz, A., Csatary, E. E., Solinski, A., … & Wuest, W. (2019). The natural product elegaphenone potentiates antibiotic effects against Pseudomonas aeruginosaAngewandte Chemie.

Cheng, A. V., & Wuest, W. M. (2019). Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Conjugate and Prodrug Strategies as Targeted Delivery Vectors for AntibioticsACS infectious diseases.

Wilt, I. K., Hari, T. P. A., & Wuest, W. M. (2019). Hijacking the Bacterial Circuitry of Biofilm Processes via Chemical” Hot-Wiring”: An Under-explored Avenue for Therapeutic DevelopmentACS infectious diseases.

March Research Round-Up

Congratulations to our amazing research teams here in the Department of Chemistry for their publications this month!

Bowman Group

Nandi, A., Qu, C., & Bowman, J. M. (2019). Using Gradients in Permutationally Invariant Polynomial Potential fitting: A Demonstration for CH4 Using as Few as 100 ConfigurationsJournal of chemical theory and computation.

Davies Group

Davies, H.M.L., Chennamadhavuni, S., Martin, T.J., Childers, S.R. (2019). U.S. Patent Application No. 15 /145,323

Evangelista Group

Li, C., & Evangelista, F. A. (2019). Multireference Theories of Electron Correlation Based on the Driven Similarity Renormalization GroupAnnual review of physical chemistry70.

Hill Group

Kaledin, A. L., Hill, C. L., Lian, T., & Musaev, D. G. (2019). Modulating electronic coupling at the quantum dot/molecule interface by wavefunction engineeringThe Journal of Chemical Physics150(12), 124704.

Lian Group

Li, Q., Liu, Q., Schaller, R. D., & Lian, T. (2019). Reducing Optical Gain Threshold in Two-Dimensional CdSe Nanoplatelets by Giant Oscillator Strength Transition EffectThe journal of physical chemistry letters.

Kaledin, A. L., Hill, C. L., Lian, T., & Musaev, D. G. (2019). Modulating electronic coupling at the quantum dot/molecule interface by wavefunction engineeringThe Journal of Chemical Physics150(12), 124704.

Lynn Group

Taran, O., Patel, V., & Lynn, D. (2019). Small Molecules Reaction Network That Models ROS Dynamic of the RhizosphereChemical Communications.

Musaev Group

Kaledin, A. L., Hill, C. L., Lian, T., & Musaev, D. G. (2019). Modulating electronic coupling at the quantum dot/molecule interface by wavefunction engineeringThe Journal of Chemical Physics150(12), 124704.

Salaita Group

Sylber, C., Petree, J., Baker, N., Salaita, K., & Wongtrakool, C. (2019). 3582 Scavenger Receptor Expression is Differentially Affected by DNAzyme-Gold Nanoparticle ConjugatesJournal of Clinical and Translational Science3(s1), 20-21.

Wuest Group

Scharnow, A. M., Solinski, A. E., & Wuest, W. M. (2019). Targeting S. mutans biofilms: a perspective on preventing dental cariesMedChemComm.

Post, S., Shapiro, J., & Wuest, W. (2019). Connecting iron acquisition and biofilm formation in the ESKAPE pathogens as a strategy for combatting antibiotic resistanceMedChemComm.

I’m a chemist and…Vol. 2

We’re continuing our celebration of all the great things our chemists do both inside and outside of the lab! In volume two, meet chemists who compete in roller derby and golf, an animal photography volunteer, and more!

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Looking Back on 2018

Happy New Year! As we enter 2019, a new year of innovation and achievement, let’s take some time to appreciate some of the wonderful things that took place in the Department of Chemistry during 2018.