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Three chemistry grad students win prestigious ACS fellowships

J.P. Lumb, Andy Patterson and Matt Volgraf

J.P. Lumb, Andy Patterson and Matt Volgraf have won fellowships from the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry graduate students Matthew Volgraf and Andrew Patterson have won fellowships from the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry. Fellow grad student J.P. Lumb has won a fellowship from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry.

Lumb and Volgraf are members of Dirk Trauner’s group, while Patterson works with Jonathan Ellman. Each of the three will receive a $24,000 fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year.

Volgraf’s award is sponsored by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Volgraf received his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. His graduate research has focused on the development of light-sensitive ionotropic glutamate receptors for the control of neural activity in vivo.

Patterson’s award was sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Rice University in 2003. His research includes the development and application of the Substrate Activity Screening (SAS) method for the identification of nonpeptidic protease inhibitors, as well as the synthesis of a,a-disubstituted propargylamines.

Lumb graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 from Cornell and then spent a year working for the U.S. Forest Service in the state of Washington before arriving at Berkeley. His research involves the total synthesis of natural products that are derived from the medicinal plants Rubia cordifolia and Rubia oncotricha. His efforts have culminated in the synthesis of the natural products rubicordifolin and microphyllaquinone.

"These ACS fellowships are major honors for our graduate students,” says Trauner. “My congratulations to Matt, Andy and J.P.”

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