In the lab: Mike Pollastri

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Chem­istry and chem­ical biology asso­ciate pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri has sev­eral under­grad­uate and grad­uate stu­dents working in his lab. They mix and create com­pounds, test whether those com­pounds are what is needed, and hope to find treat­ments for many of the world’s neglected trop­ical dis­eases. Naimee Mehta, a second-​​year grad­uate stu­dent, and Anthony Varca, who received his bachelor’s of sci­ence degree in May, are two of these stu­dents. They both are hopeful that the work they are doing will help to change the world.