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Chemistry Professor’s Grant Is Catalyst for Student Research

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When University of San Diego assistant professor of chemistry Christopher Daley was awarded a prestigious $306,000 grant from the National Science Foundation last summer, it was not only a recognition of the quality of his work, but a boost for undergraduate student research as well.

Daley’s research on the three-year grant is focused on a family of enzymes called “nitrile hydratase” — NHase for short — that convert a chemical called a nitrile into a chemical called an amide through a process known as hydrolysis. (Full Story on Inside USD)

 

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