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Mingxu You of UMass Amherst Chemistry has received the highly prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship award for 2019, and was one of only 23 chemists nationwide to win the award this year.

“Sloan Research Fellows are the best young scientists working today,” and “Sloan Fellows stand out for their creativity, for their hard work, for the importance of the issues they tackle, and the energy and innovation with which they tackle them. To be a Sloan Fellow is to be in the vanguard of twenty-first century science.”, according to the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Adam F. Falk.

Undergraduates are encouraged to attend.

WHERE: Goessmann 153

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26th

TIME: 6:30 pm for snacks



Professor John F. Hartwig, from the University of California, Berkeley, will give his talk titled “Selective, Catalytic Functionaliztion of C-H Bonds with Small and Large Catalysts” for the Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry on February 21, 2019 at 11:30 am in 1634 LGRT.

The lecture will present recent directions of research in his group toward discovering selective reactions of C-H bonds catalyzed by both transition metal complexes and artificial metalloenzymes. The design and selection, as well as the intimate mechanism, of catalysts and catalytic reactions for these selective functionalization processes will be presented.


Mingxu You Receives NSF Career Award

Chemistry's Mingxu You Receives NSF Career Award for "A Generalized Quantitative Imaging Approach for Small Molecules using Genetically Engineered RNA Sensors."

Mingxu You's long-term goal is to develop nucleic acid-based next-generation sensor platforms for cell biology studies and disease diagnostics. The overarching goal of his proposal is to engineer an RNA-based general sensing system for the quantitative measurement of metabolites, signaling molecules, and synthetic small molecules in living cells. These RNA-based sensors can be modularly adapted for the measurement of various analytes in individual cells, widely applicable in many clinical, industrial, and ecological settings.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Reshma Shetty
Ginkgo Bioworks
Thursday, February 28, 2019

"Designing Organisms"

Elvan Cavac
11:30 am
1634 LGRT
Professor John Straub
Boston University
Thursday, March 7, 2019


Jianhan Chen
Professor Haipeng Liu
Wayne State
Thursday, March 21, 2019

"Beyond Albumin-Hitchhiking:Rational Design of Drug Amphiphiles"

Mingxu You
11:30 am
1634 LGRT
Fumitoshi Kato
Dissertation Defense
Friday, March 22, 2019

“Synthesis of Transition Metal Ion Doped Metal Benzenechalcogenide Clusters”

3:00 pm
Goessmann 153
Research Adviser:
Kevin R. Kittilstved
Professor Charles R. Sanders
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Department of Biochemistry

"Molecular Mechanisms for Sudden Death Caused by Mutations in the KCNQ1 Potassium Channel"

Lynmarie Thompson
11:30 am
1634 LGRT