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CMIDD & MilliporeSigma’s Colloquium & Scientific Poster Session a Success

September 7, 2018

On August 29, 2018, CMIDD and MilliporeSigma collaborated to present The Chemical Impact on Life Sciences Colloquium & Scientific Poster Session. This event brought together about 70 faculty, students and postdocs from Northwestern University to exchange their scientific knowledge and showcase the impact of chemistry on medicine.

This year’s Keynote “The development of Rapastinel (Formerly GLYX-13); A rapid acting and long-lasting antidepressant and the evolution of a novel molecular platform for elucidating the role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in synaptic plasticity” was presented by Dr. Joseph Moskal, Director of the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University. In addition, Nischita Prasad, Materials Science Research Technology Specialist for North America presented “Nanomaterials for Bio-Enabling Future Diagnostics and Treatment.” 


CMIDD Scholars were selected based on their innovation and merit within the realm of biomedical research, with demonstrated ability to achieve and contribute to the development of new therapeutics through their current research. Each Scholar was awarded $500 for research or travel to a scientific meeting and was honored during a networking luncheon with MilliporeSigma representatives. Additionally, they had the opportunity to present a poster of their research to compete for the Sigma Aldrich Best Poster Awards including up to $100 Visa gift cards. 

L to R: Joseph Stachewicz (MilliporeSigma), Dalton Kim, Dr. Corinne Ley, Kacper Skakuj, Dr. Stephens, Dr. Chirag Shah (MilliporeSigma)

Best Postdoctoral Poster
Dr. Corinne Ley, Center for Molecular Innovation & Drug Discovery

Postdoctoral Runner-up
Dr. Andrew Stephens, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Best Graduate Student Poster
Kacper Skakuj, Department of Chemistry

Graduate Student Runner-up
Dalton Kim, Department of Neurology/Department of Chemistry

Honorable CMIDD Scholars
Dr. Zibo Zhao, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Dr. Indranil Roy, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Peng Li, Department of Chemistry
Ryan Marcum, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Anjali Rao, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Matthew Verosloff, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ada Kwong, Department of Chemistry
Lee Robison, Department of Chemistry
Yijing Chen, Department of Chemistry


Following the Colloquium was the Scientific Poster Session and networking reception showcasing the research of an elite group of Northwestern graduate students and postdocs. 


On April 24, 2018, CMIDD and MilliporeSigma held the Aldrich Lecture presented by Gunda Georg, PhD from University of Minnesota. Dr. Georg is Director of Minnesota’s Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development and Professor and Head of their Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Her presentation was titled “Drug Discovery in Academia: Minnelide for Pancreatic Cancer and BRD inhibitors for Cancer and Male Contraception.”

L to R: Dr. Chirag Shah (MilliporeSigma), Joseph Stachewicz (MilliporeSigma), Dr. Gunda Georg, Dr. Karl Scheidt, Terri Fraterrigo, Dr. David Klick (MilliporeSigma), Dr. Gary Schiltz


We gratefully acknowledge MilliporeSigma for their contributions to the success of The Chemical Impact on Life Sciences & Scientific Poster Session.

This event was part of the Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery Research Cluster.   

Thank you to all who contributed and participated during our annual Colloquium & Scientific Poster Session. We hope to see you next year!