Chemical Doctoral Student Wins AIChE Research Award

Chemical Doctoral Student Wins AIChE Research Award

Katy Olafson, a chemical engineering doctoral student at the UH Cullen of Engineering, received a 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award.

Working with her faculty advisors John and Rebecca Moores Professor Peter Vekilov and Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Associate Professor Jeffrey Rimer, Olafson’s research focuses on malaria pathophysiology from the aspect of hematin crystallization. Specifically, Olafson studies how anti-malarial drugs affect crystallization in an effort to contribute to the development of new drugs to treat the disease.

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