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02-10-2017

Two Clarkson University Ph.D. Students Attend Conference on Peptidomics

Two Clarkson University chemistry Ph.D. students attended an American Society for Mass Spectrometry conference on peptidomics in January.

Clarkson University chemistry Ph.D. students Emmalyn Dupree of Massena, N.Y., left, and Kelly Wormwood of Lowville, N.Y., attended an American Society for Mass Spectrometry conference on peptidomics in January.Peptidomics is the study of the dynamic peptide complement of a sample and includes the areas of peptide-based biomarker discovery, serum and biological fluid peptide measurements, and neuropeptide / brain peptide characterization.

For example, neuropeptides modulate the functioning of every neuron in the brain, affect mood, and are the targets for drugs of abuse, but many cell-to-cell signaling peptides have yet to be characterized.

Kelly Wormwood of Lowville, N.Y., and Emmalyn Dupree of Massena, N.Y., who are advised by Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Costel C. Darie, traveled to "Peptidomics: Bridging the Gap Between Proteomics and Metabolomics by Mass Spectrometry" last month in Clearwater, Fla. Wormwood received a student travel award from ASMS to attend the conference.

Organized by the Sanibel Conference Committee, this annual conference highlighted both the latest technology development and emerging applications in peptidomics, including wide-ranging topics from novel sampling strategies, chemical characterization and large-scale peptidome discovery, computational tools, to therapeutic approaches, spatial mapping, in vivo analysis and functional study of the intriguing signaling molecules.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University chemistry Ph.D. students Emmalyn Dupree of Massena, N.Y., left, and Kelly Wormwood of Lowville, N.Y., attended an American Society for Mass Spectrometry conference on peptidomics in January.

[Photographs for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/edupree-kwormwood.jpg .]

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