Inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards Winners Announced

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ACS Infectious Diseases is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural Young Investigator Awards: Dr. Audrey Odom and Dr. Timothy Wencewicz of Washington University in St. Louis and Dr. Marcos Pires of Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

These outstanding early career researchers were chosen based on the significant contributions they’ve made in the field of infectious diseases. They will be honored at the inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award Symposium held in conjunction with the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia. The symposium will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. in Room 103B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Vern L. Schramm, Ruth Merns Chair in Biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Meet the Winners of the 2016 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards

Dr. Audrey Odom is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Duke University and completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. She joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 2008. She is a recipient of the Harold Weintraub Award, the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award, and the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award. Dr. Odom’s NIH-funded laboratory studies metabolism of the malaria parasite en route to development of new malaria therapies and diagnostics.

Dr. Timothy Wencewicz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in the laboratory of Marvin J. Miller, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Christopher Walsh’s laboratory at the Harvard Medical School. The Wencewicz lab performs research on antibiotic drug discovery, natural product biosynthesis, and siderophore-mediated iron acquisition in pathogenic bacteria.

Dr. Marcos Pires graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2003. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from Purdue University under the guidance of Dr. Jean Chmielewski in the Chemistry Department. His Ph.D. projects focused on the use of dimeric drugs as inhibitors of drug efflux pumps with the goal of reversing drug resistance and stimuli-responsive collagen peptides as biomaterials for tissue engineering. He went on to be an NIH-postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Bill DeGrado’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania. is independent research lab at Lehigh University, established in 2011, focuses on developing methodologies that allow for the specific decoration of bacterial surfaces with epitopes that recruit endogenous antibodies.

Please come see the winners at the ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award Symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. in Room 103B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the ACS Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia.