Each year, CUR selects undergraduates to present their scientific research to members of Congress and their staffs. Jonathan will be discussing his senior fellowship project, Peroxide Activation of the metal centers in the R2 subunit of Ribonucleotide Reductase from E. coli. The event took place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21 and 22.
Jonathan and his adviser, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Timothy Elgren, have spent the past three years exploring the chemistry associated with a metal-containing component of ribonucleotide reductase, which they have shown to be capable of diverse reactivity. Understanding this chemistry will provide insight into the first step in the transformation of ribonucleotides to deoxyribonucleotides, the building blocks of RNA and DNA, respectively.
Jonathan's achievement is a testament to the rewards of student research. Although his first-year grades in chemistry were undistinguished, he took the initiative to seek out summer research opportunities. With his professor's support, he was awarded a Ralph E. Hansmann `40 research fellowship that resulted not only in a new-found enthusiasm for his studies, but also an article in the journal Biochemistry reporting their initial results.
During his time in Washington, Jonathan was scheduled to meet with Sentor Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Representatives Sherwood Boehlert and Louise Slaughter to discuss his research. He also participated in a poster session in Dirksen Senate Office Building.