Two graduate students from the Fourches lab received two highly competitive ACS CINF awards at the 2017 ACS Fall National Meeting in Washington, DC.
- Phyo Phyo Kyaw Zin (graduate student in Chemistry) presented her most recent work on the development of the PKS enumerator, a software to generate large libraries of macrocycles with user-defined constrains (she showcased a dataset of 10 million compounds). This work is done in close collaboration with Dr. Gavin Williams (Chemistry, NCSU) and has applications for the virtual screening of new bioactive macrolides for the development of new antimicrobials and agrochemicals.
- Jeremy Ash (graduate student in Bioinformatics) presented his work on the first study using cheminformatics for the analysis and modeling of metabolomics data. The technique allows for a better identification of individual and groups of small molecule metabolites that can discriminate cancer patients versus healthy individuals. This is relevant for the development of disease biomarkers and precision medicine.
The Fourches lab gratefully thanks the ACS organizers, especially the CINF division for its support.