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Dr. Owen McDougal Publishes Unique Synthesis Technique

Dr. Owen McDougal, Department Chair and Professor of Organic Chemistry, and research assistant Dr. Narasimharao Kondamudi recently published “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis and Characterization of Stearic Acid Sucrose Ester: A Bio-Based Surfactant” in the 26 February edition of the Journal of Surfactants … (Read More) Dr. Owen McDougal Publishes Unique Synthesis Technique

Dr. Clifford LeMaster and Students Published in Surgical Endoscopy

Dr. Clifford LeMaster, Professor in the Boise State University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in collaboration with local surgeons Thomas Huntington, M.D. and Ciara Huntington, M.D. of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and Boise State University students Jonathan Prince, Kerstin … (Read More) Dr. Clifford LeMaster and Students Published in Surgical Endoscopy

Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan Lends Expertise to Channel 6 TV News Segment

Associate Professor Rajesh Nagarajan and his research lab were recently featured in a Channel 6 On Your Side news segment on bacterial communication and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Nagarajan has received a grant to study bacterial communication, and this is a … (Read More) Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan Lends Expertise to Channel 6 TV News Segment

Dr. Owen McDougal and Graduate Students Published in Toxins

Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D. candidate Matt Turner, chemistry MS students Leanna Marquart and Paul Phillips, and Dr. Owen McDougal recently published a review article in the journal Toxins titled, “Mutagenesis of alpha-Conotoxins for Enhancing Activity and Selectivity for Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors.” Dr. … (Read More) Dr. Owen McDougal and Graduate Students Published in Toxins

Daniel Shin, Dr. Brown, & Dr. Nagarajan Published in ACS Chemical Biology

Graduate alumnus Daniel Shin (middle), along with Dr. Eric Brown (left) and Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan (right), have a new publication titled “Structure–Function Analyses of the N-Butanoyl l-Homoserine Lactone Quorum-Sensing Signal Define Features Critical to Activity in RhlR”. The article appears … (Read More) Daniel Shin, Dr. Brown, & Dr. Nagarajan Published in ACS Chemical Biology

Dr. Brown, Dr. Colson, and Alumni Published in Crystallographic Communications

Many life forms have evolved enzymes to help cut up molecular bonds that hold protein together during digestion. How exactly enzymes cut these protein peptide bonds is an area of study that is not well understood. Dr. Eric Brown and … (Read More) Dr. Brown, Dr. Colson, and Alumni Published in Crystallographic Communications

Dr. Matthew King Part of Multi-University Research Team to Receive $6 million Award from the National Science Foundation

Some of Idaho’s, Nevada’s, and Wyoming’s most nationally recognized scientists have secured a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to predict and manage the interactions between toxic plants and the animals that consume these plants. The project, … (Read More) Dr. Matthew King Part of Multi-University Research Team to Receive $6 million Award from the National Science Foundation

Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan Presents at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference

Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan presented “Beta-Ketoacyl-ACP Substrate Mimics for 3-Oxoacyl-ACP Utilizing AHL Synthases” at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways in New Hampshire. The Gordon Research Conference highlighted a broad range of topics from mechanism and function … (Read More) Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan Presents at the 2018 Gordon Research Conference

Dr. Brown, Dr. Nagarajan, and Mila Lam Published in Chemical Communications

Bacteria can “talk” to each other, and when the noise of this talk becomes chemically loud enough, infection results. Drs. Rajesh Nagarajan and Eric Brown with graduate student alumni Nhu (Mila) Lam conduct research that seeks to interrupt this chemical … (Read More) Dr. Brown, Dr. Nagarajan, and Mila Lam Published in Chemical Communications

Dr. Mike Callahan and Phillip Hammer Published in International Journal of Astrobiology

Professor Mike Callahan and Phillip Hammer (M.S., 2017; 2016-2017 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow) published an article titled, “Radiolysis of solid-state nitrogen heterocycles provides clues to their abundance in the early solar system” in the International Journal of Astrobiology. The … (Read More) Dr. Mike Callahan and Phillip Hammer Published in International Journal of Astrobiology