Dr. Cunny from Houston Univeristy visits

On 10/27/15, Dr. Greg Cuny from the University of Houston visited the Texas A&M University to give a presentation regarding his research on “IMPDH Inhibitors for Cryptosporidiosis.” Similar to ongoing projects in our lab, Dr. Cuny’s research is directed towards developing therapeutics against the cryptosporidium parvum parasite. For this particular project, Dr. Cuny’s is investigating the potential of the IMPDH enzyme as drug target by designing analogs to inhibit its activity. Inosine-5’-monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) catalyzes the rate limiting step towards de novo biosynthesis of guanine nucleotides from inosine monophosphate (IMP) to xanthosine monophosphate (XMP) in the parasite. After Dr. Cuny’s seminar, we had the opportunity to visit the George Bush Library Museum to learn about the life and presidency of our 41st president.

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