Pegg and Martin win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Biochemistry researcher Caitlin Pegg and Chemistry alumnus Cody Martin were recently awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Cody Martin graduated in 2013 with a BS in Chemistry. During his time at TU, Cody carried out research with Dr. Gordon Purser where he investigated the reaction rates for oxidation reactions. This research revealed interesting mechanistic features for a variety of reactions related to water purification and biochemistry. Martin is currently a graduate student at Rice University where he is studying chemical synthesis and peptide chemistry with Dr. Zachary Ball. Caitlin Pegg is a member of Dr. Justin Chalker’s research team in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where she discovered a method for the synthesis of therapeutic nanofibers that are promising materials for the treatment of burns and chronic wounds. Pegg recently published this research, a colloaboration with Dr. Ruya Ozer, in Chemical Communications where it was featured on the cover of the journal. Upon graduation, Pegg will pursue her PhD in Life and Biomedical Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship will provide Pegg and Martin with $44,000 each year for up to three years in support of their graduate studies.