Sunshine Silver

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Sunshine Silver used her fellowship to study an enzyme found in spore-forming bacteria. The enzyme enhances the bacteria’s resistance to ultraviolet light, making it very difficult to kill these organisms which can threaten human health with a number of diseases.

 

Ramon Tusell

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry & Biochemistry 

Ramon Tusell used his fellowship to develop techniques for modeling protein functions in the human body. Each human gene codes for a specific protein molecule (chain of amino acids) that performs a specific task, but how the proteins achieve these tasks is not well-understood at the atomic level.