Research in the News Fall 2014

Author: Rebecca Hicks

A number of research projects in the department have garnered national and international attention over the past year.



Profs. Norm Dovichi and Paul Huber reported the proteomics of developing Xenopus embryos. This is the largest developmental proteomics data set for any organism. More information can be found in the article “Quantitative proteomics of Xenopus laevis embryos: expression kinetics of nearly 4000 proteins during early development,” published in Scientific Reports.

Profs. Mayland Chang and Shahriar Mobashery have been in the news for multiple discoveries this year, including their work on diabetic wound healing and a new class of antibiotics to treat drug-resistant MRSA and other infections. MRSA is a serious public health concern, causing 278,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 fatalities each year in the US. These projects have been highlighted in C&E News, Chemistry World, and numerous other news outlets around the world.  


Profs. Alex Kandel, Steve Corcelli, Ken Henderson and collaborators have discovered a new quasi-crystalline material. The material, made from the self-assembly of ferrocene carboxylic acid on a surface, shows highly unusual five-fold symmetry. This work is presented in a paper entitled “Self-Assembly of Hydrogen-Bonded Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals” in the journal Nature.

Prof. Marya Lieberman’s PADs (paper analytical devices) project has garnered a great deal of attention in the past year, including being highlighted by Fox News, Scientific American, Voice of America,, and the New York Daily News. Prof. Lieberman also received a grant from the Gates Foundation to continue this exciting work.