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Saturday, February 7, 2015
This annual poster competition for high school students, sponsored jointly by the American Chemical Society and St. Joseph’s College, took place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 on the SJC Brooklyn Campus. There were 100 poster presentations and 109 participants registered in this year’s event. Students from nine area high schools attended and the quality of the research was better than ever. All of the students received certificates. There were 10 honorable mentions who received a gift bag from Vigon International. There were four winners who received a gift bag from Vigon International and gift cards from Amazon. The two first place winners also received a Casio graphing calculator from Staples Advantage.
Protein-based Drug Delivery Agents
Carlo Yuvienco, Ph.D., Physical Sciences Department, St. Joseph's College
Dr. Carlo Yuvienco holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from New York University and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is currently a researcher in the Montclare Lab for Protein Engineering and Molecular Design at New York University, developing engineered proteins. With the advancement of technologies to probe and manipulate biophysical matter, the scientific community continues to engineer biological systems with the complexity and elegance in design that is necessary to address biomedical challenges. Three stories from Dr. Yuvienco’s research experience underscore the manner in which this proclamation is realized. First – a story of his group’s efforts to engineer a delivery carrier for anti-cancer drugs. Second – a tale of a family of enzymes that hold the promise to dispel the effects of chemical warfare agents and poisonous pesticides. Third – a story of how a whimsical idea in 2010 to mutate a protein resulted in the formation of a commercial biotechnology venture.