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	Biochemical and Structural Characterization of Analogs of MRE11 Breast Cancer-Associated Mutant F237C Cobalt- and iron-catalyzed regiodivergent alkene hydrosilylations Evaluating the Timeliness and Specificity of CD69, CD64, and CD25 as Biomarkers of Sepsis in Mice. Cobalt catalyzed isomerization of alkenes Asymmetric Catalytic Approach to Multilayer 3D Chirality Cross-seeding between the functional amyloidogenic CRES and CRES3 family members and their regulation of A assembly Early History of the Department

Departmental News

  • Texas Tech University has decided to pursue worldwide patent protection by filing a PCT application for a provisional patent by Prof. Poirier entitled "METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR QUANTUM COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY MODELING". The patent addresses new methodologies for performing quantum chemistry calculations on quantum computers.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an FDA virtual site visit May 13-14.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited oral presentation at the ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting. The talk, entitled "Plumbing potentials for molecules with up to tens of atoms: How to find saddle points and fix leaky holes", was part of the "Dynamics of Chemical Reactions" symposium, in honor of Prof. William L. Hase.
  • Dr. Mahtab Beikzadeh (a graduate student of Dr. Latham) gave an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), April 28th. The talk was entitled "Structure of the ATP-free Mre11-Rad50 DNA damage repair complex bound to DNA substrates".

Departmental News

  • Texas Tech University has decided to pursue worldwide patent protection by filing a PCT application for a provisional patent by Prof. Poirier entitled "METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR QUANTUM COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY MODELING". The patent addresses new methodologies for performing quantum chemistry calculations on quantum computers.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an FDA virtual site visit May 13-14.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited oral presentation at the ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting. The talk, entitled "Plumbing potentials for molecules with up to tens of atoms: How to find saddle points and fix leaky holes", was part of the "Dynamics of Chemical Reactions" symposium, in honor of Prof. William L. Hase.
  • Dr. Mahtab Beikzadeh (a graduate student of Dr. Latham) gave an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), April 28th. The talk was entitled "Structure of the ATP-free Mre11-Rad50 DNA damage repair complex bound to DNA substrates".

Departmental News

  • Texas Tech University has decided to pursue worldwide patent protection by filing a PCT application for a provisional patent by Prof. Poirier entitled "METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR QUANTUM COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY MODELING". The patent addresses new methodologies for performing quantum chemistry calculations on quantum computers.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an FDA virtual site visit May 13-14.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited oral presentation at the ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting. The talk, entitled "Plumbing potentials for molecules with up to tens of atoms: How to find saddle points and fix leaky holes", was part of the "Dynamics of Chemical Reactions" symposium, in honor of Prof. William L. Hase.
  • Dr. Mahtab Beikzadeh (a graduate student of Dr. Latham) gave an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), April 28th. The talk was entitled "Structure of the ATP-free Mre11-Rad50 DNA damage repair complex bound to DNA substrates".

Departmental News

  • Texas Tech University has decided to pursue worldwide patent protection by filing a PCT application for a provisional patent by Prof. Poirier entitled "METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR QUANTUM COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY MODELING". The patent addresses new methodologies for performing quantum chemistry calculations on quantum computers.
  • Prof. Mechref participated in an FDA virtual site visit May 13-14.
  • Prof. Poirier gave an invited oral presentation at the ACS Spring 2021 National Meeting. The talk, entitled "Plumbing potentials for molecules with up to tens of atoms: How to find saddle points and fix leaky holes", was part of the "Dynamics of Chemical Reactions" symposium, in honor of Prof. William L. Hase.
  • Dr. Mahtab Beikzadeh (a graduate student of Dr. Latham) gave an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), April 28th. The talk was entitled "Structure of the ATP-free Mre11-Rad50 DNA damage repair complex bound to DNA substrates".



Awards and Accolades

Prof. LiProf. Li received his seventh renewal of Welch Grant Award entitled "Multi-Layer 3D Chirality and its Asymmetric Catalytic Assembly." The total grant amount is $240,000. The award starts June 01, 2021, through May 31, 2024. + More
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Prof. GamezDr. Gamez received an NSF grant award entitled "Glow Discharge Optical Emission Coded Aperture Spectral Imaging Elemental Mapping (GOCAEM) for Ultrahigh Throughput 3D Surface Analysis of Nanoscale Materials."+ More
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Prof. LischkaProf. Hans Lischka recieved an NSF grant award entitled “Collaborative Research: Aggregation Mechanisms in Carbon Nanomaterials Based on Pi-conjugated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.”+ More
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Prof. GelleneProf. Gellene received the Diamond Award, presented by the Teaching Academy and Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, to honor innovative teaching and for providing a transformational learning experience for students during a pandemic.+ More
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Prof. PiorierProf. Poirier received the Diamond Award, presented by the Teaching Academy and Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, to honor innovative teaching and for providing a transformational learning experience for students during a pandemic.+ More
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Prof. GamezDr. Gamez received the 2021 Susan Talkmitt STEM Motivator Award from the Texas Tech University Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER). April 2021.
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Additional Departmental News


Student Highlights

TrophiesKevin Finch, PhD candidate in the Gamez lab, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Atomic Section Student Award. He will receive the award at the upcoming SciX 2021 conference in September where he will give an invited talk.+ More

TrophiesAldo Hernandez, undergraduate student in the Gamez lab, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award from the TTU Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE). April 2021.

TrophiesQixuan Zheng and Navkiran Kaur Juneja, graduate students of Prof. Hutchins, were both awarded Study Abroad Competitive Scholarships.

TrophiesHongjia Qian, a graduate student in the Shi group, has been awarded a Preston and Ima Smith Graduate Fellowship. The award is $2000 for the academic year 2021-2022.

TrophiesFor the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference, there were 17 undergraduate students, who have conducted research in the department, submit posters. Eleven of these students were recognized as being Outstanding Presenters by reviewers. Three students also received individual awards for their presentations.+ More

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