A Team of Undergraduates Awarded the CLP-CAURS Research Grant

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute recognizes a team of undergraduates from the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences who are members of Professor Eric Weiss’ research team, with them the CLP Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium Grant for their multidisciplinary research.  The team includes, Collin Chow (Junior, Biological Sciences & Chemistry), Anderson Huang (Junior, Biological Sciences) and Katherine Pastewka (Junior, Biological Sciences).

The team's research project in the Weiss Laboratory is to modify a popular protein/protein interaction assay in E. coli to be able to identify protein/phospho-protein interactions.  Phosphorylated proteins are critically important in cell signaling mechanisms.  This improved assay has the potential to create a set of diagnostic biomarkers in disease models and to identify new targets for therapeutics.

CLP-CAURS2016-small_0.jpg2016 CLP-CAURS Awardees from left, Anderson Huang, Colin Chow and Katherine Pastewka show off their plated E. coli infected EcAR7 cells.

Outside of the laboratory, Collin Chow engages with Northwestern organizations PuraPlaya, the Daily Northwestern, Intervaristy, and the Dwelling Place. He plans on attending medical school after graduation. Anderson Huang is an active member of the Taiwanese American Student Committee and the Northwestern Philharmonia Orchestra. He plans on attending medical school after graduation. Katherine Pastewka is involved with Pre-Veterinary Society, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and the Northwestern Community Development Corps. She plans on attending veterinary school after graduation.

The CLP Undergraduate Research Program was established to create a cadre of enthusiastic, well-trained undergraduates who will be entrepreneurial in their approach to scientific research.   It has been made possible through a generous gift from the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Society (CAURS).

Founded in 2004, the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) was designed to integrate research and training across the disciplines of chemistry, biology, engineering, and clinical science.  The current roster of CLP faculty includes fifty-three tenure‐track faculty whose departmental affiliations span three schools (Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering, and Feinberg School of Medicine) and 17 departments. They are international thought leaders in the areas of diagnostic tool development, development of new therapeutic agents, modeling of complex cellular structures, protein structure and function, fertility preservation in cancer patients, and reproductive endocrinology.  The Institute has provided more than $264,000 in funding over the past eight years in support of undergraduate research programs.  The programs’ success is a testament to the vision of its donors and the hard work the Institute’s talented students and faculty.  Additional information regarding undergraduate research programs sponsored by CLP is available at http://www.clp.northwestern.edu .