Chemistry student awarded Provost’s Research Award

Justin Roberts, an undergraduate student in John Engen’s lab, has been awarded a 2013/14 Provost Undergraduate Research Award.

Roberts has been working on the solution dynamics of the Tec family of tyrosine kinases. These are enzymes found in every living organism....

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Professor John Engen and hydrogen exchange mass spec­trom­etry.

Northeastern Startup Named Finalist in Global Competition

On their first day of grad­uate school at North­eastern, Sean Kevlahan told Adam Hatch of his ambi­tious vision: Hatch would invent some­thing amazing, and Kevlahan would help him sell it. Four years later, their biotech­nology startup Quad Tech­nolo­gies has made it to the final round of the pres­ti­gious 2013 Mass­Chal­lenge....

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Chemistry Professor Named to Power List

He has helped guide close to 200 students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff members, and now Dr. Barry Karger has been named to The Analytical Scientist’s POWER LIST.

Dr. Karger is the Director of the Barnett Institute of Chemical....

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Faster, Cheaper, Cleaner

Most organic syn­thesis processes, which give us every­thing from small mol­e­cule drugs to fossil fuel replace­ments, require large vol­umes of haz­ardous sol­vents, pro­duce toxic byprod­ucts, and are extremely costly both in time and money. “The goal is to make things faster, cheaper, cleaner,” said Graham Jones, pro­fessor and chair of Northeastern’s Depart­ment....

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Researcher Studies Protein’s Role in Aging

With time, the amino acid known as asparagine will even­tu­ally degrade. Long con­sid­ered a type of pro­tein “damage,” the phe­nom­enon has come to be accepted as yet another part of aging: our hair turns gray, our joints begin to ache, and our asparagine turns into isoas­partic acid.The sur­prising thing about this change is that it forces the protein’s back­bone....

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Barnett Institute Celebrates 40 Years of Scientific Breakthroughs

This year marks the 40th anniver­sary of the founding of Northeastern’s Bar­nett Insti­tute of Chem­ical and Bio­log­ical Analysis, a mile­stone that was hon­ored last week at a day­long con­fer­ence on campus. During its 40-​​year his­tory, the insti­tute has pio­neered break­throughs in biotech­nology, forensic sci­ence, and advanced mate­rials study....

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Life Science Research Partnership Targets New Breakthroughs

Ear­lier this week, North­eastern University’s Bar­nett Insti­tute of Chem­ical and Bio­log­ical Analysis for­mally announced a tech­nology alliance part­ner­ship with Thermo Fisher Sci­en­tific, a multibillion-​​dollar ana­lyt­ical instru­men­ta­tion and product com­pany, based in San Jose, Calif., with cor­po­rate offices in Waltham, MA. Researchers noted that mass....

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A New Age for Drug Development

Like a carton of milk, bio­log­ical drugs can change over their life­time and even­tu­ally go bad. Such changes have the poten­tial to induce an immuno­genic response, according to Northeastern’s chem­istry and chem­ical biology chair Graham Jones. With a chem­ical drug, he explained, “if it goes off, degrades, it’s just not going to work....

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Northeastern Opens Waters Center of Innovation

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity hosted a ribbon-​​cutting cer­e­mony on Wednesday to com­mem­o­rate the new home of the Waters Lab­o­ra­tory at 140 The Fenway. The lab, des­ig­nated as a Waters Center of Inno­va­tion, is run by John R. Engen, pro­fessor of chem­istry, and is the cor­ner­stone of the university’s 40-​​year part­ner­ship with the Massachusetts....

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Northeastern Professor Leads an International Effort to Map the Human Proteome

Last year marked the 10th anniver­sary of the Human Genome Project, which iden­ti­fied each of the 22,000 genes in human DNA. But as chem­istry pro­fessor William Han­cock pointed out, this was only a beginning. He is co-​​organizing an inter­na­tional effort to map more than 500,000....

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From the Crime Lab to the Chemistry Lab

Adam Hall began his master’s degree pro­gram in chem­istry and chem­ical biology at North­eastern while per­forming instru­mental analyses on sam­ples in the Mass­a­chu­setts State Police crime lab. “Tues­days and Thurs­days were drug days,” he recalls. Nar­cotics offi­cers, who live under-​​cover on the streets buying and selling drugs, would descend on the lab...

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