Kathleen E. McGinness

In Vitro Evolution of RNA Ligase Ribozymes that Exhibit RNA Polymerase Activity

Advisor: Gerald F. Joyce, professor, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Rachel Susan Ozer

Phosphorylation and Regulation of Neuronal Cytoskeletal Protein MAP2

Advisor: Shelley Halpain, associate professor, Department of Cell Biology

Jeffrey A. Pfefferkorn

1. Total Synthesis of Sarcodictyins A and B and Studies Toward the Synthesis of Garsubellin A
2. Design and Solid Phase Synthesis of Natural Product Like Combinatorial Libraries

Advisor: K. C. Nicolaou, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry


Hans Edward Purkey

Design, Synthesis, Activity and Binding Selectivity of Transthyretin Amyloid Fibril Inhibitors

Advisor: Jeffery W. Kelly, professor, Department of Chemistry


Robin J. Rosenfeld

Nitric Oxide Synthase: Structural and Computational Analyses of Inhibitor Potency and Biophysical Studies of Nitrosylated NOS Intermediates

Advisor: Elizabeth Getzoff, professor, Department of Molecular Biology


Meiling Shang

Deciphering the Functions of Laminin-5 LG Modules: Insights into the Effects of G Domain Packing Geometry on Laminin Function

Advisor: Vito Quaranta, associate professor, Department of Cell Biology

Andrew I. Su

Genomics Technologies for Functional Gene Annotation

Advisor: Peter G. Schultz, professor, Department of Chemistry

David A. Vosburg

Synthesis of Fumagillin and (+)-FR182877

Advisor: Erik J. Sorensen, associate professor, Department of Chemistry


Won Hyung Yoon

Diels-Alder Approach to the Total Synthesis of CP-225,917 and CP-263,114 and Determination of their Absolute Configuration by Asymmetric Synthesis

Advisor: K. C. Nicolaou, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry


Samantha G. Zeitlin

The Timing and Function of Centromere Protein A (CENP-A) Phosphorylation in Mitosis and Cytokinesis

Advisor: Kevin F. Sullivan, associate professor, Department of Cell Biology

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