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Kyra Dvorak

Kyra was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois. She participated in a dual degree program at Saint Mary’s College and The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Through the completion of this dual degree program, she received bachelor’s degrees (B.S.) in Chemistry (2019) and Chemical Engineering (2020). During her undergraduate studies, she worked with Dr. Richard Taylor focusing on the synthesis of functionalized analogues of natural products with observed spliceosome inhibition and anti-cholesterol effects, using bacterial fermentation. In addition to this research, Kyra also participated in a summer internship at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. During this internship, she worked on the synthesis and pharmacokinetic analysis of small molecules as potential drug targets for mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Kyra Joined the Tepe lab in the Fall of 2020. Her work has been focused on the synthesis of indole alkaloid natural products. Currently, Kyra is working on the total synthesis of Tulongicin, as well as its derivatives. Synthesis of these natural products would allow for further exploration into their biological activities. 

Outside of chemistry, Kyra enjoys, running, hiking, and playing the guitar.

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May 23, 2022 Very grateful for the NIH's continued support of our work and the funding of our new grant!

Thank you Taylor, Sophie and Allison of all your hard work in helping me put this together and for the data needed to get his funded!

May 22, 2022 Congrats to Rahman Saleem, who was awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence at LUMS!

Rahman was selected as one of the five faculty members from Pakistan's leading research intensive university, LUMS, to receive this award. Rahman is currently an Associate Professor at LUMS after getting his PhD from the Tepe lab at MSU in 2011.

Congrats from all of us!

April 19, 2022 Congrats Evert and Allison on your new publication in Biomedicine! Great work.

 Biomedicines 2022, 10, 938. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines10050938

Title: Small molecule 20S proteasome enhancer regulates MYC protein stability and exhibits antitumor activity in multiple myeloma.

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