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Category: chemistry

Lyon students contribute to tuberculosis, lung cancer drug discovery research

Lyon students get the opportunity to perform undergraduate research as early as their freshman year. This summer, a group of students assisted Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Irosha Nawarathne with her ongoing drug discovery research for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) and lung cancer. Nawarathne said Lyon received over $30,000 in summer research funds from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). The students not only had the opportunity to... Read More
at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lyon alum researches new treatment options for tuberculosis

Daniel Armstrong, ’20, researched new treatment options for tuberculosis (TB) at Lyon College this summer. Armstrong worked with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Irosha Nawarathne on developing new antibiotics to treat multi-drug resistant TB. “This TB strain can be deadly, so new treatment options are always very useful,” Armstrong said. He used the drug rifamycin, a well-known TB treatment and a broad-spectrum antibiotic, as a precursor to develop new rifamycin... Read More
at Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lyon alum is lead author of published chemistry research

A Lyon College alumna has been published in T he Journal of Chemical Physics. Morgan Perkins, ’18, of Perryville, is the first author of “Anchoring the hydrogen sulfide dimer potential energy surface to juxtapose (H 2 S) 2 with (H 2 O) 2 ,” which she researched with other Ph.D. students at the University of Mississippi. “I’m studying physical chemistry and in particular computational chemistry, so all the science I do is on a computer,” Perkins... Read More
at Monday, June 22, 2020

Faculty Colloquium: Nawarathne meditates on medicinal chemistry

Drug-resistant bacteria are one of the most urgent public health issues in the world, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Irosha Nawarathne and her students are researching solutions.  Nawarathne opened the Faculty Colloquium lecture series on Sept. 13 with a discussion of her medicinal chemistry research, “Oh, The … You’ll See!” The blank in the title represented molecules, she said, because observing the interactions between drug molecules and the drug... Read More
at Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pruden practices industrial chemistry, philanthropy this summer

A Lyon junior gave back to the community while gaining career experience this summer. John Pruden, of Allen, Texas, was accepted into the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholars Internship Program and worked with the research and development lab at Hexion Inc. in Stafford, Texas.  Hexion is a chemical company specializing in thermoset resins. Pruden said the company makes specialty chemicals and sells them to corporations. Pruden shadowed lab technicians, helping refine the... Read More
at Friday, September 13, 2019