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Elena Paz Munoz Receives Spring 2019 HERC Award

Chemistry senior Elena Paz Muñoz was recently awarded a 2019 HERC fellowship. This fellowship provides support for a student to work on a research project during the spring semester. Ms. Muñoz will work in Dr. Ken Cornell’s lab on a project she began last summer when she was supported by a Ralph Jones Premedical fellowship to investigate the consequences of MTA/SAH nucleosidase gene deletion on metabolism in pathogenic E. coli. Her work will focus on examining the ability of cells to synthesize biotin, and measuring the subsequent activity of the biotin-dependent enzyme acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) that is responsible for an initiating step in fatty acid biosynthesis. The results of her work will have implications for the development of novel antibiotics that target microbial metabolism.

Elena Paz Munoz

Elena Paz Munoz

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