When plants absorb sunlight, they convert carbon dioxide into energy-rich organic compounds. What if humans could do the same thing? What if we could pull CO2 out of the air and use it to build organic molecules? This revolutionary idea is still just that — an idea. But organic chemists at UNC are laying the groundwork for turning it into reality.
Senior Morgan Yapundich is an undergraduate researcher majoring in chemistry within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on pharmacological experiments that will shed light on how a drug induces cellular death in cancer cells.
Chemistry undergraduates are developing their own research questions and projects in a new class at UNC, thanks to the drive and dedication of organic chemistry professor Nita Eskew.
Rising senior Lin Cao is an undergraduate researcher in the Neher Lab within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, double-majoring in anthropology and biology, with a minor in chemistry. She is also an ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her research focuses on the maturation and structure of lipases, a group of proteins that digest fats in the body.
Senior Alice Yu is an undergraduate researcher in Barry Popkin’s lab within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is majoring in nutrition, with minors in chemistry and music. Her research focuses on the change in dietary trends of Chinese adolescents using cross-sectional data from the Carolina Population Center’s China Health and Nutrition Survey.
Senior Srihita Bongu is an undergraduate researcher within the Maness Lab, studying chemistry and economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is also the co-founder of the Women in Economics club on campus. Her research focuses on the changes in expression of the Neurocan gene in the adolescent brain and the implications that has for mental disorders and disabilities.
Senior Karylle Abella is an undergraduate researcher within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences majoring in chemistry, with a minor in creative writing. Her research focuses on the different ways in which carbon is formed and the processes ocean microbes use to break down that carbon.
Bo Li is an assistant professor of chemistry within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Most recently, she was one of 18 fellows to receive a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on the bioactive small molecules produced by bacteria and the ways in which they may help defend the human body against infectious diseases.
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