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STEM Scholars Lecture

Katherine McReynolds, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry
California State University, Sacramento

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Tuesday, September 26th
6:00 – 7:00 pm
University Union, Redwood Room

Professor Katherine McReynolds will deliver the fall 2017 STEM Scholars Lecture. Her talk, titled “Using Chemistry to Combat HIV,” will detail current work being conducted in her lab to develop preventative agents against HIV.

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was first discovered in the early 1980’s as the causative agent of AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Since then, nearly 76.1 million people have been infected with HIV, and 35 million have died from AIDS. While the treatment of HIV/AIDS through antiretroviral drugs has led to a significant decrease in the mortality rate, there is still no cure available for those already infected, and no vaccine to prevent new infections. Moreover, the fact that 40% of infected individuals worldwide are unaware of their HIV status, makes it of the utmost importance that new drugs or preventative agents be developed and added to the existing arsenal.

This lecture will focus on the current status of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and current treatment options will be reviewed, followed by a summary of the work being conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Katherine McReynolds towards the development of new molecules as potential topical anti-HIV agents. 

Speaker Bio

Dr. McReynolds earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Arizona in 1999 under the direction of Dr. Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague in the Department of Chemistry.  She completed her postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Frederic A. Troy II in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at University of California, Davis. Her research is focused on the development of novel carbohydrate containing polymers as potential anti-viral agents

Contact Information


STEM Scholars Lecture Series

Sharon Puricelli
Programs Analyst, Center for Science and Math Success
E-mail: stem@csus.edu
(916) 278-2789