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Potential healing properties of natural chemicals discussed in Philippines

Jonel Saludes
Jonel Saludes

Interest in obtaining biologically active compounds from natural sources has increased for a variety of reasons, including concerns that habitats worldwide—and their chemical-harboring unique flora and fauna—are being lost to development. These compounds also typically offer low toxicity, biodegradability, renewable availability and low cost.

Earlier this year, Jonel Saludes, assistant professor in organic and bioorganic chemistry, and fellow WSU faculty member Doralyn Dalisay, assistant research professor in the WSU Institute for Biological Chemistry, spoke at an international seminar organized by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), located in central Luzon, one of the major islands of the country.

“They too have outstanding ideas and research but lack the facilities and equipment to move things forward,” said Saludes. “I envision collaboration where WSU could help them identify and determine the structure of the compound(s) responsible for the desired bioactivity.”

Read more in WSU News

Chemistry undergrad wins national research award

Brianna Berg
Brianna Berg

Brianna Berg, a junior majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, is the first Washington State University student – and one of only 10 undergraduate students nationwide – to be selected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for the annual Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award.

The two-year award promotes education and training of exceptional next-generation scientists and helps them develop their potentials as future cancer researchers.

Read more about her work with WSU professor Jonel Saludes to develop agents to diagnose and treat cancer.