Martin Garcia Chavez
Advisor: Paul Hergenrother
Cohort: 2017
Degree: PhD 2021
Current Position: Senior Scientist I, Centralized Medicinal Chemistry at AbbVie

Research Description: Drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria have emerged as one of the major problems in public health. This resistance arises from the fact that Gram-negative bacteria have an outer membrane that inhibits the penetration of small molecules and drugs. Therefore, elucidating the chemical properties that allow for the penetration of small molecules into Gram-negative bacteria would provide the information needed to construct antibiotics that are active against Gram-negative bacteria.