February 24, 2021 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (ET)
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Presentation of the College Chemistry Achievement Awards
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Carole Bewley followed by Q&A
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This meeting features presentation of the College Chemistry Achievement Awards and includes a presentation on “Lessons from screening 10,000 marine natural product extracts: new structure-function and stereochemical insights” by Carole Bewley. Dr. Bewley is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry at the NIDDK, National Institutes of Health.
The College Chemistry Achievement Awards are presented annually by the Chemical Society of Washington to outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry and biochemistry from each of the area colleges and universities. The students receiving awards may be viewed here.
Carole Bewley is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry at the NIDDK, National Institutes of Health. She received her PhD in Oceanography and Marine Natural Products from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Her research interests include natural products discovery and stereochemical investigations, structural and chemical biology of protein-carbohydrate interactions relevant to viral pathogenesis and determining mechanisms of action of anti-infectives in general. She has given broadly to the chemistry community through service as an editorial board member, as a regular reviewer for numerous ACS and RSC journals, as a chartered member on the NIH Synthetic and Biological Chemistry-B study section, as a member of the Chemical Sciences Round Table of the National Academies of the Sciences, and as a speaker at national and international conferences and universities. She has mentored over fifty undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, the views this as the most gratifying aspect of her profession.
Recent work in our group has focused on the discovery of natural products derived from marine invertebrate extracts and drug-resistant environmental bacteria having antimicrobial activity against bacterial and fungal pathogens including Mtb. Rigorous structural characterization of active molecules, and functional studies aimed at target identification using genomics, and biochemical and cellular assays has led to a number of new findings with interesting implications for natural product biosynthesis and biological activities with relevance to marine microbiomes.