Biochemistry

Kartik Chandran '95 reviews data with a colleague. Photo courtesy Albert Einstein College of Medicine

June 24, 2013

Kartik Chandran ’95 Leads Research in Blocking Deadly Ebola Virus

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By Andrew Clark A team of researchers led by Kartik Chandran ’95 managed to break open Ebola’s previously elusive mechanism for entering a cell. “It’s a first step toward a therapeutic,” said Chandran in “Race for a Cure,” Newsweek (Aug. 6, 2012). “We have a bona fide target.” The discovery was described in two articles by [...]

Brad Wertheim '07

May 10, 2013

The Danger of Iron Explored by Brad Wertheim ’07 in The Atlantic

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Too much iron—is that possible? Yes, for people who have a gene resulting from an ancient DNA mutation that causes iron to accumulate to toxic levels in their organs. When Dr. Brad Wertheim ’07 learned about “the Celtic curse” of hereditary hemochomatosis during medical school, he wondered why it had a predilection for those of [...]

Chelsea Mandell '12 works with Chip Nataro, associate professor of chemistry, in the inorganic chemistry lab in Hugel Science Center.

September 18, 2012

Prof. Chip Nataro Creates Meaningful Research Experiences for Students

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Chip Nataro brings the idea of student-focused teaching and research to a whole new level. He often includes students in his organometallic chemistry research. In fact, he says his research is “entirely dependent” on student participation. Nataro’s deep commitment to mentorship is something he discovered within his first week at Iowa State University, where he [...]

Milan Patel ’12 (l-r), Elizabeth Troisi ’14, and Justin Hines work in Hugel Science Center.

July 13, 2012

Student-Faculty Team Works to Understand Causes of Mad Cow, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Diseases

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Justin Hines, assistant professor of chemistry, and a team of students are conducting experiments that could lead to greater knowledge about diseases like Mad Cow, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Hines, who joined Lafayette in fall 2011 after being named an Education Mentor in Life Sciences by the National Academies, has teamed up with Milan Patel ’12, [...]

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May 1, 2012

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation April 29 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 47 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Zach Gold '13 trims the sail.

June 6, 2011

Zach Gold ’13 Studies Biochemistry on the High Seas

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When searching for a study abroad opportunity, Zach Gold ’13 (North Kingstown, R.I.) had some specific requirements: It had to be an adventure, and it had to include field research. He signed up for the unique SEA semester and spent the spring term aboard SEA’s newest vessel, the 134-foot steel brigantine Robert C. Seamans. “David [...]

Lafayette College

May 2, 2011

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 1, in the Williams Center for the Arts. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions–engineering, the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 46 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the [...]

Elizabeth Ponder '04

March 16, 2011

Elizabeth Ponder ’04 Works to Turn Disease Research into Death-Preventing Reality

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By Barbara Mulligan When Elizabeth Ponder ’04 arrived in Kenya’s North Eastern Province last May, she encountered a world far removed from the often-predictable laboratory setting she had occupied as a student at Lafayette and Stanford University. Ponder, who earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Stanford’s School of Medicine in 2009, is now [...]

Martin Chalfie

February 4, 2011

Nobel Prize-Winning Biochemist Martin Chalfie Will Speak and Meet with the Campus Community Feb. 8

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Martin Chalfie, who received the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will present the talk, “GFP:  Lighting Up Life,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, in Oechsle Hall room 224. A public reception will follow. His visit is part of the College’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Series in the Life Sciences. Chalfie, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Biological [...]

Susan Grunewald '11 (from left), Samuel Strong '12, Professor Ida Sinkevic, Noel Kellogg '11, and Megan Cassidy '12

December 8, 2010

Students Present Research at National Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Earlier this month, four Lafayette students presented research at the Fifth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at Moravian College. More than 100 students from colleges and universities across the nation participated. The Lafayette presenters were part of the Byzantine Art course taught by Ida Sinkevic, associate professor of art. The class explores [...]