Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Zhang Wang Lab

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Our new research group at SUNY-Albany focus on important questions in synthetic organic chemistry. We aim to develop catalytic asymmetric organic reactions using environmentally benign reagents and catalysts. These organic reactions can serve as key reactions in the synthesis of medicinally important agents. A second field we are interested in is the total synthesis of natural products with intriguing structures and important biological activities, such as neurotrophic lycopodium alkaloids. We aim to achieve concise total syntheses via unique bond disconnections. We hope medicinal chemistry will benefit from our research achievements.

Sheng Lab

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Our lab is interested in the structural and functional studies of naturally occurring modifications in nucleic acid, the most important biological macromolecules. The diversified chemical modifications discovered in DNA and RNA (including tRNA, mRNA, rRNA and all the other non-coding RNAs) play critical biological roles and are directly related to many diseases. We hope the atomic-level understanding of their 3D structures and their metabolic pathways will lead to better elucidation of their functions and shed light on the potential drug discovery based on them. In addition, these modifications are the most evolutionarily conserved properties in the early stage of cellular life, providing important clues to study the prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life.

Yigit Lab

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Our group is interested in studying two and three dimensional nanoparticles for addressing biological, biomedical and environmental challenges.

Royzen Lab

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The Royzen Research Group is interested in developing new synthetic and imaging tools for RNA research