UF College of Pharmacy Awards

UF CoP Robert and Stephany Ruffolo Graduate Education and Research Fellowship

2020 – Peilan Zhang, (Mentor: Yousong Ding)

UF College of Pharmacy Research Showcase

2020 – Winners from Medicinal Chemistry

Oral Competition – Millard Basic Science Division Finalist:
Peilan Zhang, Dihydroxyacid Dehydratases are a Promising Growth Inhibition Target, (Mentor: Yousong Ding)

Poster Competition – Graduate Student Research: Infectious Diseases
Lobna Elsadek, Genomic and targeted approaches unveil targets of an antifungal natural product, (Mentor: Hendrik Luesch)

Lobna Elsadek

2019 – Winners from Medicinal Chemistry
Oral Competition – Millard Junior Division:
Daniel Schultz, Structure-based drug design towards small molecule interleukin-6 inhibitors, (Mentor: Chenglong Li)

Scultz

2018 – Winners from Medicinal Chemistry
Oral Competition – Millard Senior Division:
Yasmeen Abouelhassan, RNA-Seq Reveals a Unique Mechanism of MRSA Biofilm Eradication Using Halogenated Phenazine HP-14 as a Probe Molecule, (Mentor: Robert Huigens III)
Peilan Zhang, A cytotoxic protein from the mushroom Coprinus comatus possesses a unique mode for glycan binding and specificity, (Mentor: Yousong Ding)

2017 – Winners from Medicinal Chemistry
Oral Competition – Millard Senior Division:
Weijing Cai, Development of Apratoxins, Marine-Derived Anticancer Agents with Novel Effects on Growth Factor Signaling, (Mentor: Hendrik Luesch)

Poster Competition – Ph.D. Category:
Yi Zhang, Multi-site Lactonization introduced by a Distributive ATP Grasp Ligase in Microviridin Biosynthesis, (Mentor: Yousong Ding)

2016 – Winners from Medicinal Chemistry
Oral Competition- Junior Division:
Weijing Cai, Discovery, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Apratyramide, a Marine-derived Transcriptional Stimulator of VEGF-A, (Mentor: Hendrik Luesch)

Poster Competition – Ph.D. Category:
Danmeng Luo, Discovery and Development of the Potent Marine-Derived Elastase Inhibitor Lyngbyastatin 7: Structure-Activity Relationship Studies, Total Synthesis and In Vitro Biological Evaluation in Model Systems, (Mentor: Hendrik Luesch)

UF College of Pharmacy Best Paper Awards

2018-2019
Peilan Zhang, Cytotoxic protein from the mushroom Coprinus comatus possesses a unique mode for glycan binding and specificity, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2017, 114: 8980-8985 (Mentor: Yousong Ding) 

2017 – 2018
Yi Zhang, A distributive peptide cyclase processes multiple microviridin core peptides within a single polypeptide substrate, Nat. Commun. 2018, 9: 1780, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04154-3 (Mentor: Yousong Ding)