Project Overview

New Chemical Tools for Drug Discovery

Faculty Sponsor

Jacob Goldberg (




This project will entail the design and application of chemical tools to study biological systems. Applications range from detecting mobile zinc ions in the brain to developing new strategies for attaching drugs to antibodies for treating cancer and other diseases. This project will entail the preparation and purification of short peptides (3 to 30 amino acids) and full-length proteins by both chemical and biological methods, as well as small molecule synthesis. Interested students are strongly encouraged to discuss these research opportunities with Professor Goldberg. No prior experience in chemical synthesis or biochemistry is expected.

Student Qualifications

Successful completion of Chem 102 or 111 by the end of the spring semester.

Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

9 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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