Graduate Student Accomplishments


Latavia Hill (Susan Egan’s lab, molecular biosciences) is participating in a research internship with the Molecular Diagnostics lab at CRL in to develop a test involving self-collected samples (e.g. saliva, urine, blood by fingerstick) for COVID-19.
David Ingham (Chris Gamblin’s lab, molecular biosciences) received a Roofe Fellowship in Neuroscience Research from the Institute for Neurological Discoveries at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This award will support his research project entitled “Development of in vitro disease-relevant strains of tau for PSP drug discovery”. This award provides stipend for tuition for one year.
Pamela Johnson (Jenny Robinson's lab, bioengineering) was selected to join the 2020 CAS Future Leaders Program where she will join a group of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars from around the world in a leadership training program and a trip to the ACS National Meeting & Exposition. She will also be participating in an internship at Erise IP​ intellectual property law where she will work as a science technical advisor.
Emily Kurfman (Sue Lunte’s lab, chemistry) was selected as a NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher for her proposal entitled “Development of an integrated system for cell analysis and profiling by capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry.” This award includes a generous stipend, tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year, and an opportunity to participate in a Visiting Technologist Experience.

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2019 Graduate Certificates

In the Fall of 2015, The University of Kansas launched its Graduate Certificate Program in Chemical Biology.  We proudly present our program graduates!  

Prof. Audrey Lamb, David Ingham, Meghan Franklin, Jennifer Amrein standing in for Kiersten Garcia, and Wendy Aquino Nunez standing in for Yuwen Yin.

2020 Symposium

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The Program

Through scientific progress our understanding of cellular systems has grown leading to a more nuanced appreciation of both these systems and associated disease processes. This knowledge has led to the formulation of a myriad new questions regarding the interactions of macromolecules within cells and the regulation of these interactions. The Certificate Program in Chemical Biology focuses on developing molecular tools necessary to probe these systems and explore new questions.  In order to employ these tools, students require wide access to technologies, databases, scientific training environments and resources that facilitate learning at the interface of biology and chemistry.  Multidisciplinary curricula that unite students around common goals empower students to acquire a working knowledge of disciplines outside their area of expertise. The resulting interdisciplinary experience paves the road to collaborative science driving broad advances in understanding human health.   The program has participation of students and mentors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (primarily Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences), the School of Pharmacy (principally in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and the School of Engineering (Bioengineering). 


At the heart of the Certificate Program in Chemical Biology is an integrated academic curriculum that provides participating students with a working knowledge of the key concepts and methods of the interdisciplinary field of Chemical Biology. Students with strong chemical or biological backgrounds will reap the benefits of collaborative exposure to modern techniques and theories in disciplines across the chemical biology interface.  Students are required to:

  • Follow a defined course sequence designed to provide a working knowledge across the chemical biology interface.  The curriculum includes a flagship course defining the principles and practice of chemical biology.  A fundamental part of the curriculum is the seminar course entitled "Careers in the Biomedical Sciences," which highlights opportunities for doctoral graduates inside and outside academia and industry.  The training also emphasizes the completion of rigorous, reproducible, transparent and ethical research.
  • Organize and participate in the annual Biomedical Sciences Symposium. This symposium includes oral presentations by the students on their research and a lecture by an internationally recognized keynote speaker in a research area at the chemistry/biology interface. The students also lead an afternoon interdisciplinary poster session that is open to all students.

The University of Kansas is the home of an National Institutes of Health Graduate Training Program in the Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology at the University of Kansas.  Eight NIH trainees (supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences T32 GM008545) complete the Certificate Program curriculum and also complete a collaborative research rotation.  

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