Departments of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Collin Clay

2016 Beckman Program Scholar
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Collin Clay grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma and attended Edmond High School. Collin began his undergraduate research work in the lab of Dr. Robert Ward in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. After switching his major to chemistry, he joined Dr. Carey Johnson’s research group in 2015. He has also been a part of the KU/Dublin City University chemistry research exchange program and worked on a research project in the lab of Dr. Dermot Diamond at DCU for one summer. In June of 2016, Collin joined the laboratory of Dr. Paul Hanson.  His Beckman Scholars project is aimed at the development of small molecule probes capable of modulating regulatory enzymes involved in important biochemical pathways. He is currently synthesizing cyclic exo-vinyl Michael acceptors and studying reactivity patterns of thiol reactive moieties using a variety of analytical techniques. His work aims to provide novel tools for assessing protein functions for biological studies.


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