Fisher Students Present at Biology, Chemistry Conferences

June 1, 2017

Ten students from St. John Fisher College presented research at conferences and meetings of chemical and biology associations.

Eight students traveled to San Francisco to present research at the American Chemical Society conference.

Eight students traveled to San Francisco to present research at the American Chemical Society (ACS). Dr. Andrea Bills, assistant professor, accompanied the students.

“Attending a national conference such as the ACS and presenting talks and posters creates a great opportunity for students to explain chemical and biochemical concepts—bringing to life what is learned in the classroom and providing relevance to the subject,” said Dr. Irene Kimaru, associate professor and interim chair of the Chemistry Department. “This opportunity provides an environment where students learn about cutting edge research in chemistry and the latest innovations in instrumentation and equipment, attend talks given by award winning speakers who are doing top-notch research in chemistry, and network and make connections.”

The following students presented their research at the ACS conference:

  • Christine Burton and Dr. Brad Kraft: “Synthesis and Characterization of Silylated Prodrugs”
  • Robert Potenzino and Dr. Renuka Manchanayakage: “Two-step synthesis of flavonoids using task-specific ionic liquids”
  • Andrew Costley and Dr. Andrea Bills: “Drugs and light: Predicting the photosensitivity of tolbutamide and sulfisoxazole using the change in dipole moment by Stokes shift analysis”
  • Minh Nguyen and Dr. Andrea Bills: “Correlation between the change in dipole moment and photosensitivity of ciprofloxacin: A better molecular predictor of photosensitivity in pharmaceutical drugs”
  • Kathryn Raut and Dr. Irene Kimaru: “Study of L- phenylalanine- based ionic liquids as stationary phases for GC”
  • Olivia Fraser, Andrew Cohen, and Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko: “Kinetic scheme of the decarboxylative cross-ketonization of carboxylic acids with zirconia catalyst”
  • Andrew Cohen, Olivia Fraser, and Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko: “Reactions of enolized carboxylic acids with electrophiles on metal oxide surface”
Alicia Kessler presented a poster at the Experimental Biology meeting in Chicago.

Alicia Kessler presented a poster at the Experimental Biology meeting in Chicago.

Students Brooke McAdoo and Alicia Kessler presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in Chicago. McAdoo presented her poster, “Determining the effect environmental conditions have on the activity of the 3’­5’ exoribonuclease Rrp6p.” Kessler’s research was titled, “Evaluating the activity of the bacterial enzyme DXP synthase in the presence of novel inhibitors.” Both worked with Dr. Kevin Callahan on their research projects.

More photos from the conference proceedings, among other activities, can be found on the Chemistry Department’s Instagram account @fisherchemistry.