Joined Feb 6 2014
Phumvadee (Beau) Wangtrakuldee, is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of biochemistry and medicinal chemistry at Northern Illinois University. She is responsible for training and supervising undergraduate students in an independent research environment and validating in vitro inhibitor screening conducted in that research group. Her two current projects are focused on discovery of methionine aminopeptidases (MetAPs) inhibitors against Burkholderia pseudomallei and Plasmodium falciparum towards generating novel antibacterial and antimalarial agents. Previously, Beau served as a research intern at Michigan State University investigating ways to improve the total synthesis of Phomactin B2, a known anticonvulsant compound. She also worked as a research intern at Kalsec Inc. conducting various food chemistry experiments, overlooking HPLC sample analysis, and performing synthesis of iso-α-acid standard (ICS-13) for the international brewing committee.