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Of Note

Velia Fowler Named Acting Chair of Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Professor Velia M. Fowler has been named acting chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, in addition to her position as an associate dean of graduate studies at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), California campus.

“Jim Paulson has done a great job in the relatively short time he has been chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology,” said Fowler. “I am looking forward to continuing his initiatives and serving the faculty in this position. I especially welcome the opportunity to contribute to positive developments during this transition period at TSRI.”

Christoph Lentsch and Rita Fuerst Receive Schrodinger Fellowships

Research Associates Christoph Lentsch (Snyder lab) and Rita Fuerst (Roush lab) have received Erwin Schrodinger Fellowships from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria’s central independent funding organization for basic research. The two-year FWF fellowships support young, ambitious and qualified scientists in work at renowned research institutions in foreign countries.

A doctoral graduate of the University of Vienna, Lentsch’s fellowship project is titled “Development of a 6-endo-selective bromoetherification.” His research focuses on natural product synthesis, particularly the challenges presented by 6-membered haloethers, to help answer the demand for new drug therapies.

Fuerst, who also received her doctoral at the University of Vienna, is investigating the role matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13) plays in the progress of osteoarthritis (OA) to ultimately develop efficient anti-OA drugs through structure-guided drug design. Her project title is “Development of new MMP-13 inhibitors.”

TSRI Joins AmazonSmile

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Professor Velia Fowler is now acting chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, in addition to her position as an associate dean of graduate studies. (Photo by BioMedical Graphics.)