2017 Eli Lilly Travel Award Winner

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Graduate student Elaine Qian (Spokoyny lab) is one of ten female students nationally to receive the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Travel Award.

“I’m very grateful to the WCC and Eli Lilly & Company for this exciting opportunity, and I look forward to presenting my research and learning about the excellent work being done in the field of chemistry at the 253rd ACS National Meeting,” Qian said.

Qian will present a talk at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Nanoscience session and a poster during the WCC/Eli Lilly Poster Session and Reception at the Spring 2017 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Both are titled titled “Atomically Precise Organomimetic Cluster Nanomolecules (OCNs)”.

The award is sponsored jointly by the WCC of the ACS and Eli Lilly & Company to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. Funding provides female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to travel to a national meeting and present their research. Awardees were selected on the basis of scientific merit and financial need.

Qian received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering with honors from Vanderbilt University in 2014. At Vanderbilt, she conducted research in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering lab of Dr. Jamey D. Young, where she worked on inhibiting apoptosis and elucidating the metabolic pathways in mammalian cells. After she came to UCLA in 2014, she joined the chemistry lab of Dr. Alexander M. Spokoyny, where she is researching cluster nanomolecules. She is an NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Program (CBI) Training Fellow.

Visit the Spokoyny lab website to learn more the group’s research.