Students Present Research at Computational Chemistry Conference

Diana Bigler ′15 and Sarah Malkowski ′14 presented research conducted with Rhodes chemistry professors Mauricio Cafiero and Larryn Peterson at the recent MERCURY Conference for Undergraduate Computational Chemistry held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Bigler’s research involves the binding of small molecules in enzymes, and this kind of work can aid in understanding drug transport in the body. Malkowski’s research involves the study of Gram-negative bacteria, which is important to developing effective therapies for bacterial resistant infections. This research was conducted as part of a Rhodes Fellowship—“Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Drug-like Molecules”—which is overseen by Profs. Cafiero and Peterson.

The Rhodes group is a member of the MERCURY Consortium, a group of computational and theoretical chemists at liberal arts colleges all around the country.