Nana Bosomtwe

Nana, Shelby, Jessica, and Sebastien Receive Undergraduate Summer Fellowships


All four undergraduates in the Columbus Laboratory received 2014 Summer Research Fellowships. Nana and Shelby received a Bass Scholarship from the Chemistry Department. Sebastien received a a 2014 nanoSTAR Undergraduate Summer Research Award. Jessica Yoo received a a 2014 CSS Summer Research Stipend.

Columbus Lab Undergraduates Present at SURC 2014

On Thursday, January 30th, The Columbus Lab undergraduates drove to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to attend the 46th Southeast Undergraduate Research Conference. Graduate students, Ashton Brock and Jennifer Martin and Linda joined them for the adventure.






Nana Bosomtwe presented a poster entitled Thermophilic Coupling Enzymes: Enabling Functional Studies at Physiological Temperatures and was the recipient of a travel award to the conference.













Elleansar Okwei presented a poster entitled Unraveling Aminotransferase Specificity: The activity of TM1131, TM1698, and TM1255 and received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the Biochemical division.













Tomihiro Ono presented a poster entitled Modulating Micelle Fluidity for Membrane Protein Structural Studies and received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the Physical division.













Sebastein Ortez presented a poster entitled Progress Towards Understanding OpaD Interactions with CEACAM1 and received a Best Poster Presentation Award in the Biochemical division.













Jessica Yoo presented a poster entitled Progress Towards Co-crystallization of the Broad Range Thermoplasma acidophilum nucleoside kinase (TaNK) with Substrates.

Recent UVa Graduate


Chemistry major

Nana works on characterizing thermophilic coupling enzymes that will be used to characterize thermophilic enzyme kinetic parameters at physiological temperatures.