The 2020-2021 CREST Conversation will continue to focus on the science of Celia Schiffer, winner of the 2020 ASBMB William C. Rose Award. The Schiffer laboratory studies drug resistance, particularly in viruses, including HIV, Hepatitis C and influenza viruses. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Schiffer's lab has expanded their work to identify appropriate SARS-CoV-2 drug targets. In 2020-2021, CREST Teams will focus on exploring the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Teams will have the option of exploring how various viral proteins are involved in viral replication or structure/function, or they can explore specific proteins as potential targets for anti-viral drugs. Due to circumstances related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there are substantial changes to the program this year. These changes are described in the Program Overview and Program Details pages.

Phase 1
The Modeling Project

Undergraduates explore research topic and create physical model of protein involved in research.

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Phase 2
CREST Conversations

Undergraduates bring their models to the annual meeting and participate in a “CREST Conversation” with researchers studying the modeled protein(s).

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Phase 3
Faculty Collaborations

Undergraduate faculty collaborate to create student centered-instructional materials.

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Additional Resources

Questions about the CREST Program? Contact Margaret Franzen at We look forward to hearing from you!

The CREST Project is funded by NSF-DUE 1022793 and NSF-DUE 1323414.

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