Alumnus Matt Disney (B.S. Chemistry, 1997) is the winner of the 2013 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry. This ACS award is given to a scientist under the age of 38 “(f)or outstanding research in biological chemistry of unusual merit and independence of thought and originality.” The Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry was established in 1934 and consists of a bronze medal and honorarium.
Matt, currently an Associate Professor at Scripps-Florida, received the award at the recent Fall 2013 ACS meeting in Indianapolis. He works on developing computational tools to target RNAs from sequence, rational design of small molecules targeting triplet repeating RNAs, structural biology of RNA, rational design of novel antibacterials that target the bacterial ribosome and evade known modes of resistance, and synthetic organic chemistry.
For more information on Matt’s award-winning research, which focuses on the development of small molecules that target RNA see http://www.divbiolchem.org/awards/recipients/ and http://www.scripps.edu/disney/
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