Two Alumni Address Fifth Annual Spencer Symposium

Sep 23, 2014

by Cary McMullen | Publications editor

“Advancements on the Frontiers of Chemistry and Medicine” was the theme of the fifth annual Dr. John L. Spencer Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Physics at FSC, and two outstanding alumni were among the speakers.

Jeanine Yacoub ’12 and Dr. Jonathan Revels ’08 returned to campus for the symposium, which draws together the FSC community and interested members of the public to highlight the application of chemistry in healthcare.

Ms. Yacoub, a Ph.D. student in medicinal chemistry at the University of South Florida, spoke on “Searching for Drug Targets and Possible Treatments for Toxoplasmosis.” She is studying with Dr. James Leahy at the Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation at USF, searching for possible kinase inhibitors for the parasitic disease Toxoplasmosis.

Dr. Jonathan Revels, a resident in radiology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, spoke on “Understanding Radiology: Anyone Can Be a Doctor.” He is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Stephen Gardell, senior director of scientific resources and associate professor at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona, Fla. Also addressing the symposium was Dr. Brian M. Paegel, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter.

Dr. Carmen Gauthier, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Chemistry, chair of the department and coordinator of the symposium, said, “It was particularly rewarding to have Jeanine and Jonathan as speakers this year. I hope we can bring more alumni to the Spencer Symposium in the future.”