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PhD Student Won The Best Young Scientist Award at International Symposium on Metallomics

January 15, 2018
  • Miss Haibo Wang (second from right) with supervisor Professor Hongzhe Sun (second from left) and judges

    Miss Haibo Wang (second from right) with supervisor Professor Hongzhe Sun (second from left) and judges

Congratulations to Miss Haibo Wang, PhD student at the Department of Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Hongzhe Sun, for her being awarded of The Best Young Scientist Award at International Symposium on Metallomics.

Miss Wang has won the Best Young Scientist Award for the presentation and scientific achievement of her project ‘Mapping protein targets of antimicrobial bismuth enables in-depth deciphering its molecular mechanisms’ at the 6th International Symposium on Metallomics (ISM6), held in Vienna, Austria in August 2017. ISM6 provides a multidisciplinary platform covering all aspects of the field from method development to the role of metals in life science. Haibo’s project is about developing antimicrobial bismuth (Bi) agents against Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) and exploring the molecular mechanism underlying their bactericidal activities. Bcc bacteria are important pathogens among immunocompromised patients suffering from the genetic disease cystic fibrosis, but current therapies that involve combinations of even two or three antibiotics can rarely eradicate the pathogen in chronically infected patients. Haibo’s work shows that Bi can inhibit the growth of Bcc and could be a potential drug candidate for the treatment of cystic fibrosis infections.

Jan 18, 2018