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Rodolfo Tello-Aburto is an organic chemist with broad research interests in total synthesis of natural products, development of catalytic, asymmetric methods and medicinal chemistry. A major focus of his recent work has been the development of new natural product-inspired proteasome inhibitors with potential applications in diverse pathological disorders such as cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Rodolfo maintains a productive collaboration with NMT’s biologist Dr. Snežna Rogelj to investigate the biological properties of molecules synthesized by his group. He also provides synthetic expertise to the group of NMT Chemistry Prof. Gayan Rubasinghege to investigate the environmental and human health impact of pharmaceutical and personal care products degradation. Outside of NMT, Rodolfo collaborates with Prof. Larry Wackett (UMN) to investigate bacterial pathways for the biosynthesis of beta-lactones, and with Prof. Michael Groll (TUM, Germany) to elucidate the binding mode of proteasome inhibitors using X-ray crystallography. Dr. Tello-Aburto recently presented his group research at the symposium “Rising Stars in Organic Chemistry” during the 73rd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. His group is composed of 2 PhD students, one BS/MS tudent and one visiting PhD student. Dr. Tello-Aburto is always looking to attract highly-motivated graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing research in the areas of medicinal chemistry, development of asymmetric catalysis methods and natural products total synthesis.
Eshani Hettiarachchi from Dr. Rubasinghege's group recently published her work on “Atmospheric Processing and Iron Mobilization of Ilmenite: Iron-Containing Ternary Oxide in Mineral Dust Aerosol” in Journal of Physical Chemistry A.
Dr. Heagy's group published their most recent work on " Efficient production of formic acid by simultaneous photoreduction of bicarbonate and oxidation of glycerol on gold-TiO composite under solar light" in Journal of CO2 Ulilization.
Sabino Maldonado-Toress of Dr. Rubasinghege's group has been awarded a summer research internship at the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program.
Ruwini D Rajapaksha, of Dr. Ranasinghe's research group recently published their work on "Spectroscopic Study of a Photoactive Antibacterial Agent: 2,3-Distyrylindole" in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Gayatri Gautam from Dr. Piyasena's group recently published his work on “Simple and inexpensive micromachined aluminum microfluidic devices for acoustic focusing of particles and cells” in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
Dr. Rubasinghege and his group published their most recent finding on "Iron dissolution and speciation in atmospheric mineral dust: Metal-metal synergistic and antagonistic effects" in Atmospheric Environment.