Welcome to our newest M.S. student, Taylor Fiolek, who completed his B.S. in biochemistry at CMU with Dr. Choon Lee.

A number of our students presented posters at local and regional meetings, including the Wayne State Graduate Symposium, the 11th Annual Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium at Cleveland State University and the ACS Midland Section Fall Scientific Meeting at Saginaw Valley State University. Congratulations to Maxwell Hogue, Bailey Urbanek, and Brent Piligian for winning best poster awards!

Maxwell Hogue
Bailey Urbanek
Brent Piligian

Jessica and Brent's paper, "A Trifunctional Cyclooctyne for Modifying Azide-Labeled Biomolecules with Photocrosslinking and Affinity Tags," has been published in Chemical Communications. This paper describes a new bioorthogonal reagent that should facilitate the study of biomolecular interactions in live cells. Sarah Rundell also contributed.

We begin the semester with some new people in the lab, including undergraduates Claudia Ramsey and Tina Bednarz. Abi Detzler has now transferred to CMU and will be a permanent fixture in the lab during her undergraduate studies, and Tope Nathan has finished his B.S. in biochemistry and is now an M.S. student supported by a graduate fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

The lab says goodbye to undergraduate Zac Wagar, who graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and is starting at CMU's medical school this fall. Good luck Zac.

Jessica Stewart, the lab's first graduate student, successfully defended her M.S. thesis today! Congratulations, and best wishes pursuing a Ph.D. in the chemistry department at Wayne State University. Thanks for your excellent contributions to the lab.

Our first student is heading to Stellenbosch University in South Africa to participate in our science-specific study abroad program.

We survived our summer outing, kayaking on the Chippewa River.

We have started a CMU-supported outreach program aimed at providing research and mentoring opportunities to chemistry students from nearby community colleges. This summer, we welcome Abi Detzler from Mid-Michigan Community College and Irene Casillas-Lopez from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.

We welcome a few new lab members to the group, including incoming M.S. student Claire Olson, undergraduate Jeff Wolber, and postdoc Herbert Kavunja, who did his Ph.D. with Xuefei Huang at Michigan State University. Kailey Zochowski of Chippewa Hills High School will also be joining us over the summer as an ACS SEED student.

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