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Nagarajan Receives NIHR21 Grant

Rajesh Nagarajan
Rajesh Nagarajan, Chemistry, faculty/staff, studio portrait by Priscilla Grover

Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan was recently awarded a two-year, $362,000 NIHR21 grant. The purpose of the grant is to study alternatives to controlling bacteria that become infectious. This project, Chemical tools to investigate chain-flipping in quorum signal synthases, is the work of Dr. Nagarajan’s research group. His group is studying the phenomenon of quorum sensing. Quorum sensing is a form of chemical signaling between bacteria. By interrupting these chemical signaling molecules, Dr. Nagarajan hopes to invent new therapeutics that can be used to fight bacterial infections in lieu of traditional antibiotics. Congratulations to Dr. Nagarajan!