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Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative Annual Report

August 31, 2020

Read about the activities and accomplishments of the MCsquared scientists and our NIH predoctoral fellows in the 2019-2020 Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative Annual Report.

Drs. Jia and Chiu receive funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

August 11, 2020

Dr. Zhenquan Jia (Biology) and Dr. Norman Chiu (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the project “Novel carbon nanodots for modulation of OxLDL mediated inflammation and inhibition of atherosclerosis.” Dr. Jianjun Wei (Nanoscience) is co-principal investigator on the project.

Chemist searches fungi for anticancer drug leads

July 30, 2020

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies received a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to discover new anticancer drug leads in fungi, specifically those used in fermentation. Fungal cultures have been used for decades in life-saving medicines, most notably penicillin and statins. Still, there are no drugs derived from fungi specifically for fighting cancer.

Derick Jones receives Spartan Leadership Award

June 6, 2020

NIH predoctoral fellow Derick Jones was honored with a 2020 Spartan Leadership Award for his outreach efforts with the Graduate Student Association.

Researcher identifies link between COVID-19, selenium

April 29, 2020

An international team of researchers, including Biochemistry Professor Ethan W. Taylor, has identified a significant association between COVID-19 prognosis and regional selenium status in China. Selenium is an essential dietary trace element that over the last 40 years has been found to be a significant factor affecting the incidence, severity, or mortality of various viral diseases, in animals and humans.

Dr. Zhang receives grant from the National Institutes of Health

February 18, 2020

Dr. Qibin Zhang (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Lipidome Remodeling During Development of T1D.”

Dr. Cech featured in ‘Faces of Mass Spectrometry’

November 15, 2019

Dr. Nadja Cech was featured recently in an interview series of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry entitled “Faces of Mass Spectrometry.”

Underground Railroad Tree Exhibition at Downtown First Friday

April 1, 2019

In a special pop-up exhibition titled “The Underground Railroad Tree: Explorations through Art, History, and Science” at downtown Greensboro’s April First Friday, UNCG students, faculty, and staff will reflect on the Great Tree and Guilford Forest as silent witnesses to the intertwined lives of those who have lived in or near the forest and who have passed through it, and by blurring traditional disciplinary boundaries of study.

New Members, New Group Photo, and Mapping Southerness

November 30, 2018

The Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative met in November at the downtown Greensboro HQ to welcome new members Dean John Kiss from […]

Alan Alda Talks Empathy, Communication at UNCG

September 26, 2018

UNC Greensboro students, faculty and staff received a master class in communication from storied actor, writer, director and master communicator Alan Alda. Over a series of talks on campus, Alda shared insights on the importance, challenges and magic of effective communication.