Department of Chemistry Undergraduate News

November 21, 2018

Washington Research Foundation Fellowships Announced


Washington Research Foundation Fellowships support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. Three of our students, Jack Jiang, Dane Johnson, and Heather Klug, have been awarded 2018-2019 WRF Fellowships.

Jack is a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. With a deep interest in protein-small molecule interaction and protein engineering, he joined the Gu lab in the Institute for Protein Design to study the facilitation of small molecules in protein-protein interaction and high throughput methods to quantitatively characterize these interactions. Jack’s current project focuses on developing a Chemical Induced Dimerization system, in which the antiviral drugs Valacyclovir and lamivudine are used as the small molecules to facilitate the binding of two single-domain antibody binders. After graduation, Jack plans to attend graduate school to conduct further research in the biomedical field.

Dane is a junior studying chemistry and biochemistry. In the summer of 2017, he joined the Cossairt Lab to help investigate the syntheses of indium phosphide quantum dots (InP QDs). Currently, he is exploring factors in quantum rod formation, a morphology of InP with greater advantages in bioimaging and photovoltaics. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Heather is a senior majoring in biochemistry. She joined the Murry lab in the fall of her sophomore year and has been working on improving the maturation process of stem cell derived-cardiomyocytes in vitro. The goal of her project is to understand cardiomyocyte maturation during development. After graduating this spring, she hopes to pursue a PharmD and eventually work in the research and development sector of the pharmaceutical industry.

Congratulations to Jack, Dane, and Heather!