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Full Stream Name: Synthesis and Biological Recognition

Research Educator: Elizabeth Ilardi

Principal Investigator: Stephen Martin

Credit Options: Spring & Fall

As the demand for therapeutic drugs increases, how are researchers working to better understand molecular interactions?

The design of small organic molecules that bind tightly and selectively to proteins is essential for the development of potent drugs that have minimal side effects. In this multidisciplinary stream, student researchers design and synthesize novel molecules that bind to proteins and learn to express, purify, and test the proteins of interest. The strength of binding between the protein and small molecule is tested by a technique called ITC, which provides data that can be used to elucidate the chemical features that allow for stronger intermolecular interactions, contributing to the field of drug discovery.

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Biochemistry, Chemistry