This past summer Katelyn Comeau, C’19, an honors student and Biochemistry major at Mount St. Mary’s University became one of ten participants on the cutting edge of science. Katelyn traveled out to the University of Oklahoma where she began her training for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Structural Biology.

“My co-researchers and I were given a crash course on biochemistry, structural biology, and x-ray crystallography to aid in our research over the two month program,” Comeau said. Each researcher was assigned a lab where they worked closely with graduate students, and doctors. The goal of their research was to “diversify natural products and drugs for diseases like cancer.”

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of her experience was successfully freezing and storing an active and pure “prenyltransferase enzyme” which the lab will use for progress in drug leads.

Katelyn was inspired and excited by her work in conjunction with the chemists and learned a great deal more about the biochemistry field which helped to develop her understanding of biological systems.