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Thesis Defense

Dirhodium Metallopeptides for Catalytic Protein Modification & Inhibition of Protein-Protein Interactions

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Farrukh Vohidov, Doctoral Candidate

The fundamental goal of chemical biology is to develop tools for interrogation of the activity and function of biomolecules, ultimately leading to understanding of the inner workings of biological systems. This thesis discusses three contributions to more  »


Total Synthesis as a Rich Source of Unexpected Projects

Monday, May 2, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jason Chen, Ph.D., Assisant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University

The complex structures and reactions found in natural products total synthesis makes this field not only an inspiration for methodical advances to chemistry, but also a rich source of unexpected projects. Synthesis of breitfussin B by late-stage brom more  »


Thesis Defense

Synthesis, characterization and applications of magnetic multi-metallic oxide nanocrystals

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Gabriela Escalera, Doctoral Candidate

Nanotechnology has had a great impact in several industries such as medical and electronics, and more recently in the oil and gas industry. In particular, magnetic nanoparticles are receiving great attention in the oil and gas industry because of th more  »


Studies of Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Victor Batista, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Yale University

Mechanistic investigations of the water-splitting reaction of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII) are fundamentally informed by structural studies of oxomanganese complexes. Many physical techniques have provided important insi more  »


“The Structure and Mechanisms of State Dependent Neural Correlations”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Krešimir Josi?, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Houston

Abstract: Simultaneous recordings from large neural populations are becoming increasingly common. Correlations in neural activity measured in such recordings can reveal important aspects of neural network organization and function. However, estimatin more  »


2nd Annual Rice Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, April 22, 2016, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. Gary Gostecnik, Professor of Chemistry, Blinn College

Keynote Speaker in Duncan Hall 1064 at 3:00 pm

Poster Session begins at 4:00 pm

Refreshments will be served more  »


Single-Molecule Fluorescence Imaging of Reversible Kinetics at Liquid-Solid Interfaces

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Joel M Harris, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Analytical, Materials & Physical Chemistry, University of Utah

Quantitative imaging of individual fluorescently-labeled molecules is a sensitive method to characterize equilibria and kinetics of reversible reactions at liquid-solid interfaces. Total-internal-reflection excitation is combined with high-efficiency more  »

Thesis Defense

Single Molecule Studies of Dynamics at Polymeric Film Interfaces

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lawrence Tauzin, Doctoral Candidate

Filtration and separations play large roles in many industries yet no complete mechanistic interpretation of these phenomena exists. The development of experimental methods capable of characterizing dynamics at the single molecule level has opened th more  »

Thesis Defense

Data Processing for Modern Microscopy: Faster, More Accurate, and More Reproducible

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Bo Shuang, Doctoral Candidate

Modern medicine is currently facing the challenges of improving wellness for the general public, especially the quality of later life that is threatened by aging-associated chronic conditions and diseases. These improvements are heavily dependent on more  »


CANCELLED - “Jamming in Biological Tissues”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lisa Manning, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Syracuse University

Abstract: Biological tissues involved in important processes such as embryonic development, lung function, wound healing, and cancer progression have recently been shown to be close to a liquid-to-solid or "jamming" transition, similar to the one tha more  »



Monday, April 18, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Janine Cossy, Ph.D., Professor, Laboratoire de Chimie Organique, ESPCI ParisTech

In general, the synthesis of complex biologically active molecules are problematic but the problems, encountered during the syntheses, can be a good source of inspiration to develop methods. One major challenge is the design of concise strategies as more  »

Thesis Defense

Plasmonic Nanostructures for Controlled Drug Delivery

Monday, April 18, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Amanda Goodman, Doctoral Candidate

Drug delivery and photothermal ablation based on resonant illumination of near-infrared-absorbing noble metal nanoparticles that have accumulated in tumors are highly promising cancer therapies. Crucial aspects of these therapies include the nanopart more  »


Atomistic Secrets of Solid-State Transformations

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Prashant Jain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In this talk, I will provide an atomistic view of how chemical and catalytic transformations occur in solid-state materials, which play a central role in our everyday world as heterogeneous catalysts, adsorbents, and batteries. As chemists, we know p more  »

Thesis Defense

Radiofrequency Electric Field Heating of Conductive Media: Understanding Aqueous and Nanoparticle Heating Mechanisms and a Method for Heating Optimization

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Nadia Lara, Doctoral Candidate

Use of radiofrequency (RF) electric fields coupled with nanoparticles to enhance non-invasive hyperthermia in cancer cells and tumors sparked debate over the RF heating mechanisms of nanoparticles and the role of salts in heating. Under RF field expo more  »


“The Cyanobacterial Circadian Clock, From Test Tube to Cell”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
David K. Lubensky, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Biophysics Graduate Programs, University of Michigan

Abstract: All plants and animals and many unicellular organisms possess circadian clocks--autonomous oscillators with a roughly 24 hour period that allow them to anticipate daily cycles of light and dark. I will discuss recent progress on understand more  »


Discovery of bioactive small molecules: Impact on basic- and clinical research

Monday, April 11, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. Barbara Czako, Research Scientist, MD Anderson, Institute for Applied Cancer Science

Several topics on the discovery of bioactive small molecules will be discussed including the discovery of potent anti-angiongenic agents based on the structure of Cortistatin A as well as of kinase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer.

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Thesis Defense

Gadolinium Oxide Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications

Friday, April 8, 2016, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Nasim Taheri, Doctoral Candidate

In the line of the intense studies devoted to the development of medical imaging techniques, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has attracted the interest of the biomedical community in recent years. MRI is a powerful diagnostic tool that offers detail more  »

Thesis Defense

Exploring the Folding Energy Landscape: Designed, Simplified, and Alpha-helical Membrane Proteins

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ha Truong, Doctoral Candidate

This thesis discusses our efforts in using the energy landscape theory and coarse-grained molecular dynamics protein folding models to explore the folding energy landscape of proteins. The Associative-memory, Water-mediated, Structure and Energy Mode more  »


“Synthetic Biology Platforms for Natural Product Biosynthesis and Discovery”

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Christina Smolke, Associate Chair of Education and Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Abstract: Plants are a rich source of unique scaffolds, including 25% of natural-product-derived drugs. However, the discovery, synthesis, and overall material supply chains for sourcing plant natural products and their derivatives remain ad hoc, bia more  »


Organometallic Perspectives on the Hydrogenase Enzymes

Monday, April 4, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tom B. Rauchfuss, Ph.D., Larry Faulkner Professor Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In the hydrogenases, Nature employs organometallic reaction centers for the production and oxidation of H2. These systems rival or exceed platinum as catalysts for transformations relevant to new energy producing systems.

Synthetic models for more  »