NSU students present research

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Students in the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University and a recent graduate presented their research into anticancer proteasome inhibitors at the 255th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans. Shelby Riedel of Broussard, left, Glendaly Boothe of Clayton, right, and Caleb Killer of Natchitoches presented a poster presentation entitled: “Proteasome inhibition by selected cyclophane anticancer drugs – a computational chemistry analysis.” Dr. Massimo Bezoari, co-author and director of the research, said that the work was very high level, similar to what is expected in graduate programs. “Computational chemistry continues to make rapid advances, and is at the forefront of current chemistry and biochemistry research,” Bezoari said. “Anticancer proteasome inhibitors are also a ‘hot area’ in current biomedical research. These students have demonstrated a significant level of excellence in undertaking such a challenging research project.” Katie Wakefield of Ball also added significant contributions to the project. The students presented the updated project with advancements at NSU’s Research Day this past spring.