Sac State’s creative chemistry professor
The 2010-2011 President’s Award for Research and Creativity will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 27, to Katherine McReynolds, associate professor of Chemistry. The ceremony will take place at the Hinde Auditorium in the University Union 4-5 p.m. during which she will give a lecture, “How sweet it is: Perspectives on the importance of carbohydrates in biochemistry, medicine and the mainstream.” A reception will follow in the Lobby Suite.
McReynolds is the 22nd recipient of this prestigious award that was established in 1989 to honor extraordinary research and creative activity during the past five years by a faculty member. Nominees must be in their first 10 years of service at Sacramento State.
She came to Sac State in 2001 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship courtesy of the Bank of America/Giannini Foundation. Since then she has developed a comprehensive research program and garnered 11 external funding grants. The sponsors include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Research Corporation.
McReynolds’ research involves the interconnection of organic synthesis and biochemistry. Centered on the design and synthesis of glycodendrimers as potential anti-viral agents, her research could have a major long-term impact on the medical community. Moreover, the work she has done on novel molecules could ultimately provide a new therapy in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
No less important is the mentoring that McReynolds does with students. During the last nine years she has mentored 26 high school, undergraduate and graduate students in her laboratory. She takes seriously Sac State’s core value of teaching, learning and service to the community.