Graduate student (joined 2018)
Projects: Synthesis of rhizosphere antibiotic products, iron binding small molecules
Bio: Savannah grew up in Hiram, Georgia, just one hour away from Atlanta. Under the instruction of Professor Mark Turlington, she conducted undergraduate research at Berry College on methods for stereoselective synthesis and the synthesis of Lumacaftor analogues for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Looking for a way she could use chemistry to solve biological problems, she was drawn to the Wuest group’s many collaborative projects, as well as its friendly atmosphere. She is currently working on the total synthesis of a natural product with antibacterial properties. In her free time, she enjoys serving as the AWIS treasurer, helping with the youth at her church, and spending time with her husband, Austin, and her puppy, Harper.
Awards and Publications:
2019 NSF GRFP Awardee
Post, S. J.; Shapiro, J. A.; Wuest, W. M.* “Connecting iron acquisition and biofilm formation in the ESKAPE pathogens as a strategy for combatting antibiotic resistance” Med. Chem. Commun., 2019, 10, 505-512. DOI: 10.1039/C9MD00032A
Doiron, J. E.; Le, C. A.; Ody, B. K.; Brace, J. B.; Post, S. J.; Thacker, N. L.; Hill, H. M.; Breton, G. W.; Mulder, M. J.; Chang, S.; Bridges, T. M.; Tang, L.; Wang, W.; Rowe, S. M.; Aller, S. G.*; Turlington, M.* “Evaluation of 1,2,3-Triazoles as Amide Bioisosteres In Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Modulators VX-770 and VX-809” Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 3662-3674. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201805919
Jordan, S.; Starks, S.A.; Whatley, M.F.; Turlington, M.* “Highly Stereoselective Synthesis of Terminal Chloro-Substituted Propargylamines and Further Functionalization” Org. Lett. 2015, 17 (19), 4842–4845. DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b02408