College of Chemistry, Berkeley

ChemiCAL Science and Engineering

Francis and Groves receive Hellman Awards

Chemistry professors Matthew Francis and Jay Groves have each received a 2004 Hellman Award. Established by F. Warren Hellman in 1995, the purpose of the Hellman Family Faculty Fund is to support substantially the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research.

Francis is studying "Modified viral capsides as targeted delivery vectors for anticancer agents." Research in the Francis group is focused on the development of new synthetic methods for the construction of nanoscale materials. The central strategy involves the attachment of new functional components to specific locations on structural proteins, and the subsequent self-assembly of these conjugates into new types of materials with useful electronic and biological functions.

Groves focuses on the "Surface chemistry of cell membranes." Many of his research projects seek to develop a fundamental understanding of the chemical and physical paradigms governing biochemical processes on the cell membrane.

Related Sites:

Matt Francis research site

Jay Groves research site