2011 Richard Larock
Research Conference

Saturday, May 14, 2011

10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Chemistry Department




- Information for Presenters

- Conference Program

- Best Presentation Awards

- Conference Photos

- 2010 conference

- 2009 conference

- 2008 conference

- 2007 conference


The conference is sponsored by the UC Davis Department of Chemistry and by Prof. Richard Larock (Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University). We also thank Vicki Lohmann from Fisher Scientific for a gift donation.

2011 Best Presentation Awards



1st prize ($400), Larissa Miyachi (Guo Group), Functionalized Nanoparticles for Site-Specific Chemotherapy: DNA Linkers and Radiation-Induced Ligand Release


2nd prize ($200), Thomas M. Brown (Power group), Sub-90 Deg Interligand Angles in Group 14 Element Dichalcogenolates


3rd prize ($100), Alex B. Wood (Kurth group), Synthesis of β-Ketoamide Isoxazolines by a One-Pot, Multicomponent Reaction



2010 Best Presentation Awards


1st prize ($550):

Gary E. Arevalo (Dr. Franz group) 'Stereoselective Synthesis of Biologically Relevant Spirocyclic Oxindoles' 


2nd prize ($300):

Florentine U. Rutaganira (Dr. Shaw group) 'Synthesis of Heterocyclic Totarol Analogs for Inhibition of FtsZ'


3rd prize ($150):

Tony Pan (Dr. Atsumi group) 'Comparison of enzymes for biofuels production in thermophilic cyanobacteria'


2009 Best Presentation Awards


1st prize ($250):

Victor Lui (Tantillo group) 'Progress Towards a Geranyl Pyrophosphate Mimic' 


2nd prize ($150):

Lucy Freer (Larsen group) 'Ultrafast spectroscopy and the blue/green light activated cyanobacteriochrome Tlr0924'


3rd prize ($100):

Musleh Muthana (Xi group) 'Synthesis of 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-D-galactopyransoly-L- serine/threonine for glycopeptides synthesis'




2008 Best Presentation Awards


1st prize ($200):

Nicole Schirle (Beal group) 'Development and Screening of Macrocyclic Helix-Threading Peptides' 


2nd prize ($100):

Alex Sutherland (Guo group) 'Eliminating Greenhouse Gases using a Novel Dry Reforming Catalyst'


3rd prize ($50):

Sean Beecroft (Lebrilla group) 'A Statistically Based Program to Classify Mass Spectra and Identify Spectral Markers'


4th prize ($50):

Kostia Malley (Larsen group) 'Chromophore dynamics in retinal Schiff bases and novel rhodopsin mimics characterized by ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy'


5th prize ($50):

Simon S.M. Park (Land group) 'An approach to Biosensors using Overlayer Enhanced Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (OE-ATR-FTIR) Spectroscopy'



2007 Best Presentation Awards


1st prize (shared):

Evan Horn, Investigation into an Efficient Synthetic Scheme Leads to Two New Sialic Acid Dimers

Ilya Yakovlev, A New Approach to Peptide Radiolabeling for the Imaging of Cancer by Positron Emission Tomography

2nd prize:

Jason Holden, Designing a 3-phenyl-4,5-dihydroisoxazole-5-amide Library for Drug Discovery

3rd prize:

Adrienne Kucma, Investigation of an Easy Synthesis of Yb11A10 (A=Sb, Bi)

4th prize:

Ryan Henning, Mechanism Studies of a Multifunctional Sialyltransferase from Pasteurella multocida