Blog Archives

Congratulations to David Born on his first author Science paper

Dec 8, 2017

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

PhaC is the December Molecule of the Month

Dec 7, 2017

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

Congratulations to Ed Brignole

Dec 5, 2017

Research scientist Ed Brignole has been appointed to direct the cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) facility at MIT.  Ed is excited about developing this research capability that will be housed in the nearly completed MIT.nano building. He looks forward to engaging broadly with scientists and engineers at MIT and continuing to work closely with the Drennan…

Welcome to postdoc Mary Andorfer

Nov 6, 2017

The Drennan lab welcomes Mary Andorfer.  Mary got her PhD in August 2017 from the University of Chicago; her thesis, written under the direction of Professor Jared Lewis, examined the use of halogenases as tunable catalysts for synthetic organic chemistry. Welcome Mary!    

Principles of Chemical Science published on MIT’s OpenCourseWare

Sep 21, 2017

MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) has published Cathy’s 5.111SC Principles of Chemical Science.  The course website includes a number of special features such as lecture notes, instructor insights, and a link to Behind the Scenes at MIT, a collection of short videos of MIT researchers talking about their research as well as their personal stories.  Read more…

Congratulations to Emily Damato

Sep 6, 2017

MIT undergraduate Emily Damato has been chosen as an MIT EECS-Lincoln Laboratory Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar, receiving funding through the prestigious EECS Research and Innovation Scholars Program.  Emily will work in the Drennan lab as a SuperUROP on her project  Automating Electron Microscope (EM) Particle Reconstruction with Machine Learning, under the mentorship of Ed…

Graduate Student Tsehai Grell featured on MIT’s home page

Aug 23, 2017

Nominated by the Chemistry Department, Tsehai Grell was selected to be featured on MIT’s home page.  In her profile she speaks about growing up in the Commonwealth of Dominica, her research in the Drennan lab, and her commitment to making MIT more inclusive for graduate students.       

Drennan Lab welcomes five undergraduates for summer 2017

Aug 4, 2017

Five undergraduates are spending the summer of 2017 in the Drennan lab.  Newcomers are MSRP Bio student Gisele Andree, a rising junior at UMass Amherst majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry; HHMI EXROP student Luis Caldera Guzman, about to begin his senior year at UC Berkeley, where he majors in Bioengineering, and Materials Science & Engineering;…

Congratulations Lindsey, Steve, and Manny!

Jun 29, 2017

Congratulations to Lindsey Backman on receiving a Gilliam Fellowship, Steve Cohen on being selected for the MIT Biotechnology Training Program, and Manuel Ortega on receiving a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Award!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wittenborn!

Jun 8, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wittenborn on receiving her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry

Congratulations to Jessica Gable!

May 19, 2017

Congratulations to Jessica Gable on receiving the Department of Chemistry Research Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry research! Jessica is a graduating senior and the Drennan Lab will miss her greatly, but we look forward to hearing about her amazing accomplishments in graduate school!  Read more…

Congratulations to Jen on her Nature paper!

May 1, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb on the publication of her Nature paper! Read the paper at Nature!

Cathy’s General Chemistry Course and TA Training Have Been Profiled In Spectrum!

Oct 27, 2016

Cathy’s 5.111 course, an MIT staple, has been highlighted in MIT’s publication Spectrum! The article discusses her innovations and the OpenCourseWare class.

Congratulations to Martin for Being Featured in MIT News!

Aug 8, 2016

Congratulations to Martin McLaughlin for being featured in MIT News! His paper, titled “Crystallographic snapshots of sulfur insertion by lipoyl synthase” was published in PNAS!

Congratulations to Lindsey Backman!

Mar 29, 2016

Congratulations to Lindsey Backman on receiving a 2016 NSF graduate research fellowship!

Congratulations to Christina for Being Featured in MIT News!

Jan 20, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Zimanyi for her newly published paper in eLife! The paper, titled Molecular basis for allosteric specificity regulation in class Ia ribonucleotide reductase from Escherichia coli, has gotten a lot of press over the past few weeks from MIT News, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, and Science 2.0!

Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Gibson!

Dec 29, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Gibson for being featured on MIT News! The article highlights his paper One-carbon chemistry of oxalate oxidoreductase captured by X-ray crystallography, published in PNAS, early edition on December 28th, 2015. photo credit: MIT

Welcome Lindsey and Steve!

Nov 13, 2015

The Drennan Lab welcomes Lindsey Beckman and Steve Cohen to the group!

Congratulations to Jessica!

Nov 10, 2015

Congratulations to Jessica Gable for being selected as MIT Chemistry’s nominee for the Goldwater Scholarship!

Congratulations to Dr. Marco Jost!

Nov 6, 2015

Congrats to Marco for Having the JBC Paper of the Week! Paper here.

Congratulations Dr. Michael Funk!

Oct 19, 2015

Congratulations Dr. Michael Funk for being featured on MIT News!

Congrats to Marco Jost!

Oct 8, 2015

Congratulations to Marco Jost on his Nature paper Nature doi:10.1038/nature14950

Congrats to Michael Funk!

Aug 25, 2015

Congratulations to Michael Funk on his JBC paper! doi:10.1074/jbc.M115.670737

Welcome Summer Students!

Jul 8, 2015

The Drennan lab welcomes summer students Alessio Caruso, Lindsey Backman, and Sheena Vasquez!

Welcome Rohan!

Jun 29, 2015

The Drennan lab welcomes Rohan Jonnalagadda!

Congrats to Yang-Ting Chen!

Jun 25, 2015

Congrats to Yang-Ting Chen for receiving a travel grant to ICBIC in Beijing.

Congrats Graduates!

Jun 22, 2015

Congrats to Drennan lab graduates Michael Funk, Marcus Gibson, Marco Jost, and Martin McLaughlin!

Congrats to Kenny, Allena, and David!

Jun 20, 2015

Congrats to Kenny Kang, Allena Goren and David Born on completing their Ph.D. candidacy exams.

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin!

Jun 16, 2015

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin for receiving the 2015 Department of Chemistry Alpha Chi Sigma Award, a 2015 Strem Prize, and for graduating Phi Beta Kappa!

Congrats to Ben and Martin!

Apr 1, 2015

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin and former Drennan lab undergraduate Ben Bell on being selected to receive the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Martin will be graduating from MIT with a BS in Chemistry in May 2015. Ben graduated from MIT in May 2014 and is currently working toward his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology and Stanford.

Congrats to Cathy Drennan on Becoming a MacVicar Fellow

Mar 16, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Drennan for being named one of four 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellows. The MacVicar Fellowship was created in honor of the late Margaret MacVicar to honor MIT instructors who have demonstrated outstanding undergraduate education, both in the classroom and outside as a mentor and educational innovator. Cathy was honored last Friday at…

Congrats to Former Graduate Student Peter Goldman

Feb 16, 2015

Congratulations to former graduate student Peter Goldman on getting the cover of JBC!

Congrats to Marco Jost on his paper in PNAS!

Feb 11, 2015

Congratulations to Marco Jost for his paper titled “Visualization of a Radical B12 Enzyme with its G-protein Chaperone” being published by PNAS. The structures of the complex between this G-protein metallochaperone and one of its target proteins, a radical B12 enzyme, reveal the molecular architecture and the pathways that both sense and report on the cofactor loading state….

Congrats to Ben Bell

May 15, 2014

Congrats to Ben Bell (Course 7, Class of 2014) for receiving the 2014 Ned Holt Prize, “For demonstrated excellence in scholarship as well as service to the MIT community”, and for being accepted to graduate school at Stanford University.

Congrats to Aileen Johnson

May 15, 2014

Congrats to Aileen Johnson (Course 5 – Class of 2014) for her acceptance to medical school.

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin

May 15, 2014

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin (Course 5, Class of 2015) on receiving a 2014 Randolph G. Wei UROP Award for outstanding undergraduate research.

Congrats to Dr. Jeremy Setser!

May 2, 2014

Congrats to Dr. Jeremy Setser, who defended his PhD thesis on May 2.

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin

May 1, 2014

Congrats to Martin McLaughlin, recipient of the 2014 Department of Chemistry Junior Analytical Chemist Award!

Congrats to Dan Dowling

Apr 28, 2014

Congrats to Dan Dowling on accepting a position at UMass Boston!

Congrats to former graduate student Christina Zimanyi

Apr 15, 2014

Congrats to former graduate student Christina Zimanyi on receiving a Jane Coffin Childs Fellowship!

Congrats to Samuel Thompson and Anne Ye!

Apr 8, 2014

Lab undergraduate alumni Samuel Thompson and Anne Ye received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Congratulations!

Congrats to Dan Dowling for getting the February cover of Nature Chemical Biology!

Jan 18, 2014

Congrats to Dan Dowling for getting the February cover of Nature Chemical Biology!

Welcome to our new first year chemistry students!

Nov 13, 2013

The Drennan lab welcomes our new first year students Kenny Kang, Allena Goren, and Yang-Ting Chen!

Congratulations to Peter Goldman on his paper in PNAS

Sep 20, 2013

Congratulations to Peter Goldman for his paper “X-ray analysis of butirosin biosynthetic enzyme BtrN redefines structural motifs for AdoMet radical chemistry” in PNAS.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wittenborn

Jul 3, 2013

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wittenborn for being selected for the NIH Biotechnology Training Program at MIT.

Congratulations to our graduates! (pictures)

Jun 14, 2013

Congratulations to Drs. Christina Zimanyi and Peter Goldman for receiving their PhDs and Samuel Thompson for receiving his BS.

Congratulations to Peter Goldman on his paper in PNAS

May 14, 2013

Congratulations to Peter Goldman for his paper “X-ray structure of an AdoMet radical activase reveals an anaerobic solution for formylglycine posttranslational modification” in PNAS.

Congratulations to Drs. Peter Goldman and Christina Zimanyi

May 10, 2013

Peter Goldman and Christina Zimanyi successfully defended their PhD theses this week and will receive their diplomas at this year’s Commencement ceremonies on June 6th and 7th.

Congratulations to Marco Jost

Apr 5, 2013

Congratulations to Drennan lab 4th year graduate student Marco Jost on receiving a 2013 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award.

Congratulations to Marco Jost

Apr 5, 2013

Congratulations to Drennan lab 4th year graduate student Marco Jost on being selected to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Congratulations to Tsehai Grell

Apr 5, 2013

Congratulations to 1st year graduate student Tsehai Grell on receiving an NSF fellowship.

Congratulations to Mishtu Dey on her paper in Nature

Apr 5, 2013

Congratulations to Mishtu Dey and the HppE team for their paper “Mechanistic studies of an unprecedented enzyme-catalysed 1,2-phosphono-migration reaction“. The article was also highlighted in “Biochemistry: Positive and radical,” by Spencer C. Peck and Wilfred A. van der Donk.

Congratulations to Peter Goldman and Kaity Ryan

Jan 2, 2013

Congratulations to Peter Goldman and Kaity Ryan for having their Chem Biol paper “An Unusual Role for a Mobile Flavin in StaC-like Indolocarbazole Biosynthetic Enzymes” highlighted in preview article ” “Babysitting Flavin for Biosynthesis,” by Sheryl Tsai.

Christina Zimanyi selected to give MIT Biochemistry Seminar September 24, 2012

Jan 2, 2013

Christina Zimanyi selected to give MIT Biochemistry Seminar September 24, 2012

Congratulations to Marcus Gibson

Jan 2, 2013

Congratulations to Marcus Gibson for his selection as a member of the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability for the academic year 2012-13

Congratulations to Marco Jost

Jan 2, 2013

Congratulations to Marco Jost for his selection as an MIT Poitras Fellow (2012-2013)

Congratulations to Nozomi Ando and Yan Kung

Jan 2, 2013

Congratulations to Nozomi Ando and Yan Kung for recent publication in JACS: “Transient B12-dependent methyltransferase complexes revealed by small-angle X-ray scattering.

Cathy Drennan to give Distinguished Scholar Seminar

Oct 30, 2012

Cathy Drennan to give Distinguished Scholar Seminar at 2012 SPIRE Postdoc Fellowship Program Workshop, UNC Chapel Hill on November 16, 2012 Congratulations to Nozomi Ando and Yan Kung for recent publication in JACS: “Transient B12-dependent methyltransferase complexes revealed by small-angle X-ray scattering. “Congratulations to Marco Jost for his selection as an MIT Poitras Fellow (2012-2013)