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Nicholas Lanz Awarded The McCarl Graduate Scholarship

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Nicholas Lanz29 October 2014 — Nicholas Lanz, graduate student in the biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology (BMMB) degree program at Penn State University, has been awarded the Richard L. and Norma L. McCarl Graduate Scholarship for the 2014 academic year. 

The scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to an outstanding graduate student in the BMMB degree program.  Nick was nominated by his dissertation advisor, Dr. Squire Booker, to receive the award. The department's graduate affairs committee selected his nomination from a field of five nominees.

Dr. Booker’s final assessment is that Nick "has blossomed into an incredible biochemist."  Nick's research focuses on elucidating the mechanism by which two sulfur atoms are inserted into the hydrocarbon chain of lipoic acid, a key cofactor involved in energy and amino acid metabolism.  Using a combination of biochemistry, Mossbauer and EPR spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography, Nick has determined that at least one of the sulfurs is abstracted from iron-sulfur cluster residing in the enzyme LipA.  Nick has coauthored seven publications and has one submitted and two in preparation. 

Congratulations Nick on a well deserved award!