June 7, 2004

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KU doctoral student wins prestigious fellowship in medicinal chemistry

LAWRENCE -- Christina Sheree Stauffer, a doctoral student in medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas, has won one of five prestigious fellowships awarded nationally by the American Chemical Society.

Stauffer received the 2004-05 ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Predoctoral Fellowship Award, worth $20,000 for one year. The fellowship is sponsored by Aventis, a global pharmaceutical company.

"When I was notified that I had received the fellowship, I was surprised and excited," Stauffer said. "It is an extremely competitive award. I was honored to have been chosen from all the qualified applicants."

Stauffer's graduate research, under the direction of Apurba Dutta, KU assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, involves the design, synthesis, structural modification and biological evaluation of complex peptidyl nucleoside antibiotics as potential antifungal agents.

"Christie is an outstanding graduate student and continues to excel in her research, coursework, seminars and departmental activities," Dutta said. "In her research in the development of new anti-infective agents, Christie has achieved major success in devising synthetic routes to a unique class of natural products with highly promising antifungal activity."

In addition to receiving the funding, Stauffer will attend the 230th ACS national meeting in Washington in fall 2005. At the meeting, she will give a 30-minute oral presentation on her research, along with the other fellowship winners.

After graduating from KU, Stauffer plans to undertake postdoctoral work for one or two years before taking a position as a research scientist at a pharmaceutical company.

Stauffer is the daughter of David and Barbara Stauffer. She graduated from Pequea Valley High School, Kinzers, Pa., and Grove City College, also in Pennsylvania, with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry.

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