Dr. Irosha Nawarathne, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lyon College, has secured $25,420 in funds for summer research from the Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) developmental research program. This award was given based on Dr. Nawarathne’s submitted proposal, “Probing Interactions of Rifamycins and Mycobacterium Tuberculosis RNA Polymerases.” This grant allows Lyon to enter into an agreement with UAMS for research opportunities.
Students wishing to pursue careers in chemistry will be able to spend a portion of their summer working on a specialized project at UAMS. Dr. Nawarathne will present a “Scope of Work” document with specific plans for the students’ research. Certain strains of bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) have developed resistance to rifamycins, an integral part of treatment for TB. Lyon’s student research team will analyze the relationship between rifamycins and these strains of bacteria to work on developing an alternative treatment for TB.
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