Much of the work contained within my peer-reviewed publications has also been presented at poster sessions during local, regional, and national conferences. Giving oral poster presentations gives me the opportunity communicate with experts in the field and receive valuable feedback.

In March 2014, my undergraduate research was featured in “Photodynamic Treatment with Metalloporphyrins Demonstrates Bacteriocidal Effects on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus” and “Strong Bacteriocidal Effect Against Staphylococcus aureus from Photodynamic Therapy with Metalloprophyrins”, which were presented at the Watercon Conference in Springfield, Illinois, and at Research Day at the University of Illinois-Rockford in Rockford, Illinois. This work was well-received and earned awards at both presentations.

2014 Research Day at the University of Illinois-Rockford Poster

In 2017, UW-Madison hosted the 13th Annual Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium. Aside from serving as the event coordinator for this event, I also presented my recent progress on the site-selective functionalization of carbohydrates with a poster entitled “Catalytic Site-Selective Acylation of Carbohydrates Directed by Cation-n Interactions”.

2017 Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium Poster

In early April 2018 the University of Illinois-Chicago hosted MIKI 2018, a student-led medicinal chemistry conference, where I presented my poster entitled “Using Chiral Catalysts, Cation-Lone Pair Interactions, and Dispersion Interactions to Direct the Site-Selective Acylation of Carbohydrates”*.

Later in April, I presented my work entitled “Using Cation-n and Dispersion Interactions to Direct Catalytic Site-Selective Acylation of Carbohydrates”* at the 255th ACS National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the Sci-Mix and Carbohydrate Division Poster Sessions.

In September 2018, I traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, where Michigan State University hosted the 14th Annual Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium. With my site-selective functionalization project complete, I presented “Using Thioglycosides to Direct Site-Selective Functionalization of Carbohydrates and their Application in the Streamlined Assembly of Oligosaccharides”* in 2018. My work was also featured in the “Synthesis of Glycosyl Halides by Chelation Assisted Activation of Picolinic Esters under Mild Neutral Conditions”.

2018 Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium

In April 2019 I had the opportunity to travel to Lawrence, Kansas, to partake in my first MIKIW conference, a student-med medicinal chemistry meeting in miniature. Here I presented my site-selective acylation work to more than 200 conference attendees (talk about being nervous!). MIKIW 2019 was a fantastic experience, and I look forward to being the chairman for MIKIW 2020.

The Tang Group in the wild 🙂 Hanging out at MIKIW 2019 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Each poster session has a unique environment, and there is knowledge gleaned and networking to be done at each. (Note: first author poster presentations are indicated by an asterisk).

My husband and I at Sci-Mix during the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.