Chemistry major Catherine Larrow

Nine undergraduate students and two faculty members from Niagara University’s Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics presented research at the 2022 WNY ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, N.Y., April 9.

Senior chemistry major John Pinti’s presentation, “Towards Encapsulation and Release of Fe(NOTP) in Liposomes by Ultrasound,” was based on collaborative work with the University at Buffalo with applications for magnetic resonance imaging and the development of theranostic technologies.

Biochemistry majors Kristian Gunsalus, a junior, and Chloe Schrier, a senior, presented a poster examining the magnetic and colorimetric properties of metal complexes in yeast.

All three students conducted their research with Dr. Christopher Stoj, an associate professor of chemistry.

Students from the lab of associate professor of chemistry Dr. Luis Sanchez included sophomore biochemistry major Alexander Slojkowski, who presented a poster on his work related to the synthesis of cage molecules; chemistry majors Catherine Larrow, a sophomore, and Peyton Sobolewski, a junior, who presented posters on the formation of two different elusive molecular moieties present in bioactive natural products; and chemistry junior Andrew Passow, life sciences sophomore Savannah Scoons, and biochemistry sophomore Gabriel Steiner, who each presented a poster describing their progress in their individual methodology and total synthesis projects.

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