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Biochemistry Student Receives “The Distinguished Research Scholar Award” from the Honors College

Published: 06/25/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

Congratulations to Chloe Haverkamp, a junior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.  Her thesis titled, Antiviral Drug Discovery: A 6’-Fluoroneplanocin analog and Ebola, received “The Distinguished Research Scholar Award” from Auburn University’s Honors College.

“Chloe has embraced her undergraduate honors thesis research project with commitment to discovering new antiviral agents including against Ebola,” shared Dr. Stewart Schneller. “She has focused on four targets (two of which are promising) and finds lab time to reach her goals to be fulfilling yet challenging. I am proud of Chloe’s successes and the appropriateness of the Honors College award is perfect.”

 The award for her research shows the importance of Chloe’s work.

 “My research thesis project involved improving the efficacy of this lead compound towards Ebola and other viruses,” explained Chloe. “While some types of Viral Hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) cause relatively mild illnesses, others cause severe, life-threatening disease. To date, only a very limited number of possible therapeutics exist.  Thus, with the exception of the yellow fever virus, there are no acceptable fully approved by the approved antiviral agents or vaccines for VHF for either natural or intentional exposure by an act of terrorism. Therefore, there is an urgent need to find anti-VHF therapeutics.”

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