BJU Students Present at American Chemical Society

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 1, 2017) – Several senior biochemistry and molecular biology students at Bob Jones University presented poster sessions on various research projects at the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemical Society April 11 at Furman University.

“We are grateful for this opportunity for all of these students to be able to share their research at this important meeting and to be able to interact with people from various colleges and universities in the field,” said Dr. Brian Vogt, head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at BJU.

Paige Heiple, a resident of Homer City, Pennsylvania, and Lauren Watts, a resident of Greenville, presented a poster on “Hantzsch Thiazole Synthesis of Sphingosine Kinase Inhibitor II.”

Andrew Lewis, a resident of Diamond, Missouri; Tiffany Radle, a resident of Media, Pennsylvania; Steven Woodard, a resident of Dade City, Florida; and Tim Nye, a resident of Greenville, presented their research on “Biosynthesis and Purification of Human Prostaglandin E2 Synthase from E. coli BL21 Star (DE3).”

All of the students’ research was done in collaboration with Cayman Chemical, a company that produces pharmaceutical ingredients and products for forensic science and biomedical research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Radle also presented a poster on “Distinct Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate Binding Properties of EEA1 and Phafin2,” based on her work as part of a summer research internship at Virginia Tech in 2016.