• Fisetin may help with aging damage to cells

    October 5, 2018

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Professor Reineke featured in 'Celebrating Women Chemists' virtual issue

Theresa Reineke
Professor Theresa Reineke

Professor Theresa Reineke is featured in Bioconjugate Chemistry's "Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists" virtual issue! This issue celebrates women in science. This issue celebrates women in science. Associate Editor Erin Lavik, a professor at the University of Maryland, writes: I unabashedly celebrate women in science and call on my colleagues to do the same. Celebrate the women who are collaborating across disciplines, developing new understanding and new ideas. Celebrate the women who publish groundbreaking research in our journal and in all the journals beyond ours. Celebrate the women who are not letting the trappings of other people’s expectations and assumptions define what is possible. Science is better for women scientists, and the world is better for their discoveries.

Reineke is internationally recognized for her transformative research contributions to the field of polymeric materials chemistry; leadership of innovative and collaborative research teams across the University of Minnesota campus; excellent track record of entrepreneurship and technology licensing; and service to societies and organizations in her research field. She is a leading researcher in the

Professor Arriaga helps discover how to slow aging process

In new research, University of Minnesota researchers have found a natural product, called Fisetin, that can reduce the level of damaged cells in the body, which can slow the aging process. The study, led by University of Minnesota Medical School faculty, also includes University of Minnesota chemists, including Professor Edgar Arriaga, and partners from the Mayo Clinic. Researchers have shown that treatment of aged mice with the natural product Fisetin, found in many fruits and vegetables, also has significant positive effects on health and lifespan.

Under Arriaga's guidance, the team used mass cytometry, or CyTOF, technology and applied it for the first time in aging research, which is unique to the University of Minnesota. Professor Arriaga led the initiative to secure funding to purchase the CyTOF and lobbied for housing it in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry. CyTOF is mass spectrometer combined with capabilities of elemental analysis of lanthanides attached to single cells. He also led the grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, paving the way for the collaborative with James Kirkland, co-principal investigator of the grant, who was interested in the role that senescent cells play with aging. Arriaga provided the scientific direction on the use of CyTOF to characterize senescent cells by this technique. The CyTOF allowed the researchers to monitor the effects of Fisetin on “slowing down” aging.

Evan Anderson highlights chemistry’s mental health work at SESCON

October 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

Stress and Mental Health in Graduate School: An Initiative out of the UMN Chemistry Department - learn about the collaborative and ongoing initiative that resulted in a survey developed for the evaluation of mental health and stress factors in graduate studies. With increasing pressure on students to carry out novel research, publish articles, learn a broad range of skills, and look for career opportunities, the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression among graduate students are on the rise. For tackling these issues, an approach was adopted that heavily relies on the involvement of graduate students, Department of Chemistry faculty, and Boynton Health. Hear from the leader of the student group, Evan Anderson, president of the Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (ccgs.chem.umn.edu), about the collaborative and ongoing initiative that resulted in a survey developed for the evaluation of mental health and stress factors in graduate studies. Evan is an analytical chemistry Ph.D. candidate in his fifth year at the University of Minnesota. He has lead the Community of Chemistry Graduate Students over the past two years. CCGS is a support network consisting of graduate students. This group was formed in fall 2012 with the goal of improving the mental, physical and social health of graduate students to ensure excellence in research and education.

Upcoming Department of Chemistry Seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract

Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture in Materials Chemistry: Professor Younan Xia

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Tech 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 331 Smith Hall

Predictable and deterministic synthesis of colloidal metal nanocrystals


Student Seminar Series: Professor David M. Chenoweth

Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

9:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 331 Smith Hall

Open Forum: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Kate & Michael Barany Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall), “Industry versus academics, a path to a career”

Design and synthesis of new chemical tools for probing, manipulating, and imaging biological systems