Dr. Harrell is known for mentoring multiple students, and this spring has been no exception. The students work near each other, but because of the large size of the chemistry research lab, they have no problems maintaining social distance. Above right, is senior Chemistry major Kait Beardsley. Kait’s project involves the development of triphenoxymethane-based anion receptors as potential therapeutics for Cystic Fibrosis. She is at work in the fume hood, setting up a reaction to make a new anion binding arm for her compounds.
On the left, in the foreground is senior chemistry major Stephanie Barrios, and in the rear is Sam Rea, junior biochemistry major. They are making different compounds for the same project: Visnagin analogs with potential anticancer applications. Stephanie is monitoring an ongoing reaction using Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC). Sam is using Column Chromatography to purify a reaction that finished the previous day, and is using TLC to identify pure fractions of her target compound from the column.