Research: My research focuses on the design and synthesis of nucleoside analogues and nucleoside analogue ProTides that targets the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of ZIKV and SARS-CoV-2 in order to gain a greater understanding of SAR and develop a lead compound to treat these diseases.
Background: BS in Chemistry from UC Merced, 2010. Undergrad research Professor Tao Ye. From Danville, CA
Interests: Motorcycles, fire poi, surfing, camping, music, dancing
||M. Benjamin Turner
Research: I study the biophysical and photophysical properties of fluorescent nucleoside analogues. This includes measuring the insertion kinetics and fidelity that DNA polymerases exhibit when incorporating the analogues into DNA, labeling the DNA or RNA or living cells, and studying how structural features of duplex nucleic acids influence the fluorescent properties of the different analogues.
Background: BS in Molecular Biology from SDSU, 2015. Originally from San Diego
Interests: weight lifting, swimming, cosmology, cooking
Research: My research focuses on the design and synthesis of nucleoside analogues used against highly resistant bacteria. I am also developing fluorescent nucleosides to study biological systems and molecules. In addition, I am working on the development of a novel synthetic reaction to construct C-nucleosides.
Background: from Cairo, Egypt, 10 min from the Pyramids
Interests: soccer, reading, music, cooking