On 16 August, SCM had the privilege of hosting Professor Stephen Deyrup from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Siena College, US, for an enlightening seminar titled “Leveraging Advanced NMR Techniques to Identify Bioactive Molecules”, sharing his team's pioneering research, which successfully navigates the unique challenges presented by a liberal arts college setting.
During the seminar, Professor Deyrup showcased the use of advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques, including 2D NMR spectroscopic mixture analysis and quantitative NMR (qNMR), in tandem with high-resolution Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS). He underscored how these techniques enable his team to identify active compounds without lengthy isolation processes, thus overcoming resource constraints of their work setting.
A prominent figure in the field of natural products chemistry, Professor Deyrup's research has not only made significant strides in understanding bioactive molecules but also provided insights into the ecological interactions between insects and their predators, answering some phenomena in ecological systems chemically. His work underscores the significance of utilising advanced techniques and available resources to overcome challenges in natural product chemistry research.
SCM places great importance on collaborations and exchanges with internationally renowned scholars. As our researchers continue to explore the fascinating world of bioactive molecules, the lessons from this seminar will echo in our minds.