This past summer, four students joined members of the RCSB PDB and the Khare Lab at Rutgers to study protease evolution across all Coronaviridae using bioinformatics tools.
These students were part of RISE at Rutgers, a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars participate in cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors.
Mickayla Bacorn's poster Biochemical analysis and review of the active site evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses was recognized with a poster prize at ABRCMS. MaryAgnes Balogun also presented her research on Understanding the active site of the SARS-CoV-2 papain-like proteinase (PLPro) at the meeting.
In August, Mickayla and Amy Wu Wu were each recognized with a Pauling Poster Prize at the 2021 American Crystallographic Association virtual meeting.