Two Occidental College Science Scholars talk about their biochemistry research. Read more about the Science Scholars program.

Biochemistry major Kian Shamskhou '22 was named a 2021-22 Occidental College Science Scholar and received funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to research “Intermolecular Additions of Ketyl Radicals Produced via Photoredox Catalysis,” alongside his mentor, Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Cannon. The two are working to discover new chemical reactions that form bonds between carbon atoms—specifically reactions that use visible light so that we can use abundant energy sources as a way of replacing reactions that have larger, more toxic waste streams.
Biochemistry major Ryan Hino '22 was named a 2021-2022 Occidental College Science Scholar and received a Fletcher Jones Foundation scholarship to work with Associate Professor of Biology Cheryl Okumura on a project entitled “Investigating the Transcriptomic Landscape of Nafcillin-Mediated Sensitization to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.”
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Norris Hall of Chemistry 300A / Bioscience 207