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Of Note

Kelvin Chan Receives GEN TEN Award

Kelvin Chan, a graduate student working in The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) lab of Professor Jin-Quan Yu, is one of just 10 recipients nationwide of a 2014 GEN TEN award for outstanding project abstracts in their fields of primary research. Sponsored by biotech publisher Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), the awards will be presented at this year’s BIO International Convention in June in San Diego.

An independent panel of experts selected the winners from more than 50 applicants representing universities and research institutions across the country.

Chan’s project is titled “Ligand-enabled cross-coupling of C(sp3)–H bonds with arylboron reagents via Pd(II)/Pd(0) catalysis.” His research is focused on developing new chemical methods for preparing unnatural amino acids. This allows for rapid generation of diverse libraries of novel amino acids and amino alcohols useful in chemical synthesis, and ultimately facilitates drug discovery and lead optimization pathways.

NIH Grant Supports TSRI Internship Program

Ten more students will be able to enroll in this year’s Scripps California summer internship program for undergraduates, boosting participation to 25, thanks to a recently awarded Research Education (R25) grant by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The five-year, $367,200 grant supports the development and implementation of an educational program that identifies and trains undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to conduct health-related or disease-based research at TSRI.

“By providing this experience, we hope to improve participants’ research and communication skills and encourage the most talented students to pursue careers in biomedical research,” said Dawn Eastmond, director of the Graduate Studies and Educational Outreach Programs and co-principal investigator for the NIH R25 grant.

TSRI’s education outreach programs provide hands-on laboratory experience and mentorship for promising high school and undergraduate students and middle and high school science teachers. The institute is especially committed to increasing the participation of female, underrepresented minority and first-generation college-bound students in the biomedical and chemical sciences.

Further information on TSRI educational outreach programs on both the California and Florida campuses is available on the institute’s website.

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TSRI graduate student Kelvin Chan won a 2014 GEN TEN award presented by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News for outstanding project abstracts. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)