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Clarkson University Ph.D. Student Awarded NSF Fellowship to Australia

Clarkson University Ph.D. student Katie L. Poetz has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute fellowship for this summer. Poetz is a fourth-year student studying organic polymer chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science.

Katie L. PoetzThis prestigious award will allow Poetz to visit Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, for 10 weeks to investigate the conjugation efficiency between various peptides and polymers for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. The work is part of a collaboration between chemistry professors Devon A. Shipp and He Dong at Clarkson and Sebastien Perrier at Monash.
Poetz says she will synthesize a series of peptides that are known to self-assemble and undergo gelation or penetrate cellular membranes, and conjugate them with polymers that are either anionic or hydrophobic which will aid in biomineralization or drug delivery.

“I will investigate the conjugation efficiency between the peptides and polymers using various ‘Click’ chemistries and conjugation pathways,” she says, referring to recently developed ‘Click’ chemistries that provide highly efficient coupling of peptides and polymers.

Poetz's thesis work is focused on the development of novel biomaterials, in particular surface-eroding polyanhydrides and polymer-peptide conjugates, both of which have potential for delivery of therapeutics and tissue engineering.

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