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Campus Updates: July 11, 2018

Graduate student Matthew Costales wins ACS fellowship  

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Medicinal Chemistry has awarded Scripps Research graduate student Matthew Costales, one of its prestigious Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowships. With the $30,000, one-year fellowship, Costales will continue his work developing RNA-binding small molecules for potential therapeutic applications, within the laboratory of Professor Matthew Disney, PhD, in Jupiter, Florida. He will also attend the Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conference at Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire in August.

Costales’ work focuses on developing tools and approaches to optimizing the selectivity of small molecules targeting RNA. He was recently first author of the paper, “Small Molecule Targeted Recruitment of a Nuclease to RNA,” published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The paper demonstrated that small molecules can be programmed to selectively cleave RNA via nuclease recruitment. The system was used to restore activity of pro-apoptotic FOX01 transcription factor in breast cancer cells, triggering the death of cancerous, but not healthy cells.

FRQnet awards fellowship to Simon Vezina-Dawod

Simon Vezina-Dawod, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the Jupiter, Florida laboratory of Professor Matthew Disney, PhD, has received a fellowship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec Nature et technologies.

The award, worth up to $110,000 Canadian dollars over two years, advances Vezina-Dawod’s research toward development of DNA-encoded libraries and other screening methodologies for discovery of small molecules that target RNAs involved in neurological diseases.

Incoming graduate student Taeho Kang receives major scholarship

The Kwanjeong Educational Foundation has awarded a scholarship of $25,000 yearly for four years to Taeho Kang, an incoming student in Scripps Research’s Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences. When he arrives later this summer, Kang will be working in Keary Engle’s, PhD, laboratory on the Scripps Research California campus. The Engle lab focuses on developing new tools in synthetic organic chemistry.

July 18: Kresge Library Grand Reopening Happy Hour

Remodeled library

Join us on July 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in our beautifully remodeled library for:

  • Beer and wine
  • Light refreshments
  • Instagram contest (#tsrilibraries)

The remodeled library features:

  • a small group study / meeting room
  • a medium-sized training/group study/ meeting room with presentation technology (will be installed soon!)
  • a large conference room with VTC technology to Florida (will be installed soon!) 
  • a new open layout
  • many new seating options: couches, chairs with laptop trays, and sit/stand study carrels
  • energy-efficient motion-sensor lights
  • and as many electrical outlets as we could put in for your device-charging needs!

Revisit the library or come for the first time and check out the remodeled space, meet the staff, and enjoy one of the best views on campus! The library remodel turned out wonderfully due to the hard work of many different departments and individuals on campus, as well as our architects and vendor partners. Come see the finished result and see why the library is a great place to study, work, check out a book, be inspired by the graduate dissertations, get questions answered, or simply take a break and unwind. We hope to see you Wednesday, July 18 to celebrate our remodeled space!

 The Kresge Library is located on the 4th floor of the Stein building, suite 404. Contact us: or 858-784-8705

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Graduate student Matthew Costales TEST

Postdoctoral associate Simon Vezina-Dawod