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Chemistry Professor Receives Second Summer Research Grant

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sarah Bonson Krueger, Ph.D., C’17, has been selected to receive a grant from the chemistry journal Organic Syntheses for the second year in a row. The $8,000 grant is a part of the journal’s Grant for Summer Research program.

sk-headshot-copy.jpgThe funds will be used to support student-assisted research over the coming summer in Krueger’s lab, which focuses on developing small molecules that can bind to nucleic acids.

“I am incredibly grateful that this Organic Syntheses grant will support summer research in my group again this year,” stated Krueger.

“Building upon work done by Aliza Aslam [C’26] last summer, my students and I will use this funding to continue to work toward the development of synthetic methods for potential nucleic acid-targeting therapeutic agents,” she explained. “This is a critical step in drug discovery, as potential therapeutics cannot be tested with biological assays until they have been synthesized, purified, and characterized.”

Krueger earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the Mount and went on to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, researching molecular therapeutics for Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1, before returning to the Mount as a faculty member in 2022.

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20