Congratulations to Mary for her poster!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Congratulations to postdoc Mary Andorfer on her prizewinning poster “Taming radical enzymes through directed evolution and structural analysis.”  Mary’s poster received Third Place in the Postdoc Category for Best Poster at the April 10 Annual Poster Session of MIT’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) and Superfund Research Program (SRP).

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Welcome to Emily Ulrich!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

A warm welcome to postdoc Emily Ulrich, who joined the Drennan lab on April 2.  Emily will receive her PhD this May from the University of Illinois.  Her thesis, written under the direction of Wilfred van der Donk, is entitled “Diverse Enzyme Reactions in Phosphonate Natural Product Biosynthesis.”    

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Congratulations to Percival Yang-Ting Chen on his first author PNAS paper

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Congratulations to Percival Yang-Ting Chen on his first author PNAS paper!  Read it online at PNAS.

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Cathy featured at MIT’s MacVicar Day March 9

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

MIT celebrated exceptional undergraduate teaching, and honored a new group of MacVicar Faculty Fellows, with a symposium on March 9 titled “Inclusive Pedagogies: Building a Vibrant Community of Learners at MIT.”  Cathy, a 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellow, kicked off the symposium, speaking about stereotype threat.  Read the MIT News feature.

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Friday, March 30th, 2018

Congrats to Dr. Tsehai Grell and Dr. David Born on successfully defending their respective PhD dissertations!

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Cathy featured at ImprovBoston

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Cathy (third from the right, with cast members) was the featured guest at ImprovBoston’s Spotlight Series on March 1. To a sold-out house, Cathy and the cast performed im- provised skits, working off a short on-stage interview with her.  This was Cathy’s second appearance with ImprovBoston. ImprovBoston’s Spotlight Series shines a light on Boston-area professionals…

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Drennan lab research featured in MIT news

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

As reported in MIT News, Drennan lab research has contributed to the discovery of the structure of an important enzyme.  The results were published February 20 in the journal eLife.  Read more in the MIT News article.   

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Cathy receives Bicentennial Alumni Award from the University of Michigan

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Cathy was one of ten distinguished University of Michigan alumni who received the University’s Bicentennial Alumni Award at the December 2017 Winter Commencement in Ann Arbor.  University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert said of the awardees “Their contributions in fields including the arts, health sciences, public policy, entertainment and philanthropy exemplify the university’s commitment to…

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Congratulations to David Born on his first author Science paper

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Congratulations to David Born on his first author Science paper.  See MIT News Story.

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PhaC is the December Molecule of the Month

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

December’s Molecule of the Month is PhaC, which bacteria use to build biodegradable plastic, chosen by RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB).            

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