January 8, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Umesh Desai who has accepted the position of Chairperson of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. His exceptional scholastic contributions, scientific expertise and excellent leadership style will continue to move the department forward in the right direction.
February 9, 2018
The team of Drs. Sakagami and Desai, along with Judith Voynow M.D. of School of Medicine, receives award of $15,000 to perform commercialization-enabling studies on ' Novel Flavonoid-based Oligomer Molulators of Elastase and Iron' from the 2018 VCU Quest Commercialization Fund. The award will help to perform key experiments to advance their joint patent-application on the same topic.
June 8, 2018
The Medical Sciences Section of the Virginia Academy of Sciences presented Shravan Morla the Best Student Presentation Award. His oral presentation was given at the VAS, 96th Annual Meeting at Longwood University. Congratulations Shravan.
April 17, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Afosah who received the GRC Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (CSURM), in support of his participation in the 2018 Medicinal Chemistry GRC.
April 23, 2018
This state-of-the-art equipment consists of MicroMax-007HF generator, VariMax-HF Arc Optics, Hybrid Photon Counter, Eiger R 4M Detector, AFC11 Goniometer and Oxford Cobra Cryo-system and is located in the X-Ray Crystallography Facility at ISB3D. This facility is available to the VCU community, as well as, outside organizations.
April 27, 2018
Congratulations to Alhumaidi Alabbas on accepting a position as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at the Prince Sattam Bin AbdulAziz University, Saudi Arabia. He has completed the Medicinal Chemistry Doctoral program and graduates May 2018.
June 21, 2018
The Desai lab has received the “Glycans in Blood Homeostasis and Disease” grant. This is a five-year K12 grant by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to train MDs, PhDs and dual degree holders for advanced careers in glycosciences. Only four such K12 grants have been awarded by NHLBI in recognition of their excellence in glycoscience and research and training. The “Glycans in Blood Homeostasis and Disease” grant encompasses three centers in addition to VCU, including Blood Center of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
July 2, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Philip Mosier on his professorship. He has accepted the position of Assistant Professor, in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences and as Research Assistant Professor at the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy. We wish him all the best.
July 13, 2018
The EIGER R4 M empowers crystallographers with technological advances. VCU Scientific community now has improved crystallographic access to further their research. https://www.dectris.com/company/news/newsroom/news-details/eiger-r-4m-powers-crystallography
July 31, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Mostafa Ahmed on his new position as Scientist at Atomwise in San Francisco, California. He will be using Deep Learning and Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) techniques for various drug discovery projects. Much success to him in his new endeavors.
August 6, 2018
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate, Shravan Morla who received Best Abstract Award from the American Associate of Pharmaceutical Scientist (AAPS) for his poster titled “Targeting Human Neutrophil Elastase through an Allosteric, Non-Anticoagulant, Heparin Mimetic.” AAPS will recognize his poster at AAPS PharmSci360, November 4 – 7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.