Showalter honored for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy research

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Scott Showalter, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected by Agilent Technologies as the recipient of the inaugural Eastern Analytical Society New Faculty Award in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by new faculty to the development of the field of NMR spectroscopy.

Showalter is a biophysical chemist who uses experimental and computational techniques to study biological macromolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids, with a focus on the relationship between structure, dynamics and function. One focus of his research is the development of novel methods for analyzing dynamics information for highly flexible and instrinsically disordered biomolecular systems. In particular, he develops nuclear magnetic resonance to investigate the implications of protein dynamics and disorder in the processes of protein-mediated signaling.

From 2005 to 2008, Showalter was a postdoctoral fellow at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, where he designed a quantitative method that used experimental NMR data to validate computer-simulation models of biomolecules. Seeking to apply his methods to a system of medical importance, he also initiated an investigation into the oncoprotein MDM2, which is involved in tumor growth, and its interaction with the tumor-suppressor protein p53. The pharmaceutical industry is actively developing compounds that target this interaction for the purpose of generating a novel chemotherapeutic agent. Showalter's study significantly advanced the understanding of how one such compound, nutlin-3, regulates the interaction between MDM2 and p53.

In 2010, Showalter was the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award, which provides five years of financial support, is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research. In 2005 he received a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship and in 2000 he received a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. He also is the recipient of a Collins Undergraduate Teaching Award. Showalter received a doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 and a bachelor's degree at Cornell University in 1999.

 

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Last Updated November 15, 2012