Professor Darrell Peterson is now Emeritus Professor

Professor Darrell Peterson is now Emeritus Professor

September 1, 2020

Professor Darrell Peterson of Biochemistry has retired.  Thus, he is now a professor emeritus.  We appreciate all that he contributed to the growth and development of the Institute. His presence here will surely be missed.  May he enjoy his retirement fully.

Dr. Yan Zhang Receives Supplement

Dr. Yan Zhang Receives Supplement

August 25, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Yan Zhang who has been awarded a supplement titled ' Novel fentanyl derivatives as counteracting agents against fentanyl'. Thisfurthers his current UG3 grant ' Mu Opioid Receptor Modulator Development to Treat Opioid Use Disorder' from NIDA. UG3 mechanism is an early phase exploratory cooperative agreement to assess clinical promise of novel agents.

Dr. Shijun Zhang Receives Two Year Grant

Dr. Shijun Zhang Receives Two Year Grant

August 25, 2020

Dr. Shijun Zhang is the recipient of a supplement to his current R01 grant titled 'Development of NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors towards Alzheimer's disease'. Congratulations Dr. Zhang.

Dr. Martin Safo Receives Research Grant

Dr. Martin Safo Receives Research Grant

August 25, 2020

Dr. Martin Safo has received an one-year research grant award titled 'Examining the Interaction Between Plant Phenols and Agrobacterium Receptor VirA Using X-ray Crystallography and Fluorescence Spectroscopy'. This grant was originally sponsored by the Jeffress Foundation. Congratulations Dr. Safo for receiving one more award!

Dr. Glen Kellogg Receives VCU Commercialization Fund Grant

Dr. Glen Kellogg Receives VCU Commercialization Fund Grant

July 7, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Glen Kellogg has received a VCU Commercialization Fund Grant. He is co-PI of this grant. Dr. Kellogg's grant title is “Development of Novel Chemical Inhibitors for Sterol Carrier Protein-2 for Correcting Dyslipidemia and Fatty Liver Disease”. Congratulations Dr. Kellogg.

Dr. Yana Cen Receives Award for Interdisciplinary Research

Dr. Yana Cen Receives Award for Interdisciplinary Research

June 21, 2020

Dr. Yana Cen is selected for this year's Jeffress Trust Award for Interdisciplinary Research. The title of her grant application was "Determining Enzyme Transition State Using Kinetic Isotope Effects and Computational Analysis." 

Dr. Srinivas Sistla Receives Outstanding Scientist Award

Dr. Srinivas Sistla Receives Outstanding Scientist Award

January 31, 2020

Srinivas Sistla, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Outstanding Scientist Award from the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities. He presented his work at the association's annual meeting in Palm Springs, California. Congratulations, Dr. Sistla.

Dr. Jiong Li is Awarded the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant.

Dr. Jiong Li is Awarded the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant.

December 17, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Li who has been awarded the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant for his research titled, "Targeting miR-204-5p suppresses the tumorigenesis and metastasis of head and neck cancer". We are excited for him and how this will positively impact lives.

Dr. Yana Cen Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation (Chemistry of Life Processes)

Dr. Yana Cen Receives Grant from the National Science Foundation (Chemistry of Life Processes)

September 27, 2019

The grant title is CAREER:  Allosteric Activating of SIRT6 by DNA and the project period is 09/01/2019 - 08/31/2024. This study seeks to elucidate how the regulation of SIRT6 activity takes place in cells and to suggest possible strategies for effective SIRT6 activation. The concurrent aim is to provide a broadly accessible research experience for a large number of students across multiple academic levels. The comprehensive plan includes the mentoring of undergraduates, graduates and PharmD students as well as an outreach program offered to high school AP biology students. A PI-graduate student working group is to be established to develop and implement new guidelines for training in the interdisciplinary field of chemical biology. 

Dr. Srinivas Sistla earns staff spotlight

Dr. Srinivas Sistla earns staff spotlight

September 23, 2019

Dr. Srinivas Sistla earns staff spotlight