Group News


Summer 2018

Carl "C.J." Smith has received a summer fellowship of $4000 in recognition of teaching excellence during the Fall and Spring Semesters of the 2017-18 academic year.  Over this span, C.J.  received consistent ratings of "excellent" for his instructional efforts.  Congrats C.J.!

Spring 2018


Molly Heit, Sophomore Biochemistry Major, has received a summer fellowship from NASA's Space Life Sciences Training Program at the Ames Research Center.  In this rigorous program, students work closely with renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research, benefiting from the concentration of bioscience expertise at Ames. Participants in the program receive a stipend and housing accommodations for the summer. In addition to learning about NASA life sciences, interns get an opportunity to experience life in Silicon Valley.  Congrats Molly!


Rebecca Mancusi, Junior Biomedical Engineering Major, is awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. This scholarship of $7500  is designed to attract outstanding students into research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. This is the first time a student from BU has won since 2015.  Congrats Rebecca!



Spring 2018

Carl (C.J.) Smith, second year PhD student, receives ACS Travel Award!  C.J. will use this award to attend the American Chemical Society National Meeting, this August in Boston MA.  At the meeting, C.J. presents his recent discovery of small-molecule activators of hedgehog proteins.  Congrats C.J.!


Winter 2018

Congratulations to Dan Ciulla, first year PhD student, whose recent paper was featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and written up in the journal's Spotlight section. In collaboration with the Giner lab at SUNY-ESF, Dan helped develop a new approach to control the activity of hedgehog proteins using site-directed mutagenesis and mechanism-guided chemical synthesis.  Congrats Dan!

Citation: Ciulla, D.A,; Jorgensen, M.T.; Giner, J.L.; Callahan, B.P. Chemical Bypass of General Base Catalysis in Hedgehog Protein Cholesterolysis Using a Hyper-Nucleophilic Substrate. J Am Chem Soc. 2018, 140(3), 916-918.