UA student earns Howard Hughes award

February 8, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: La Monica Everett-Haynes, University of Arizona Communications] – Emily Ricq, a University of Arizona undergraduate researcher, spent the bulk of last year working in a laboratory at the Université Pierre et Maire Curie in Paris on a project to improve how drugs move into cells.

While there, Ricq began studying special lipopeptides – organic compounds – that have cell-penetrating properties.

“This is so interesting because it opens up a new array of drug targets within the cell,” said Ricq, a Flinn Foundation scholar and UA Honors College student studying chemistry.

“It’s basically a Trojan horse,” said Ricq, who is currently working on a project with two UA laboratories. “And the beauty of this research is that it can be applied to a vast variety of biological targets.”

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