Our team is led by Dr. Darkhan Utepbergenov, and consists of researchers of various ranks with many undergraduate students from the Chemistry Department of Nazarbayev University. We perform research at the interface of organic chemistry and biochemistry providing a great opportunity for research experience and training in fundamental science.
We are a protein chemistry lab focusing mostly on chemistry and biochemistry of methylglyoxal and related dicarbonyl compounds. Methylglyoxal is known to be a byproduct of glycolysis and can damage proteins and DNA. Currently several projects in the lab are underway to gain new knowledge on pathophysiology of methylglyoxal and enzymes involved in its detoxification.
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Azamat Begenov (Class of 2021, Chermistry) and Adilkhan Yeskendir (Class 2021, Chemistry) join the lab! Welcome!
Aizat Abdirassil was accepted to Master of Pharmacology and Toxicology Program at Nazarbayev University School of Medicine!! Congratulations, Aizat!!
Mussa Yedigenov was accepted to a graduate program at Max Plank School Matter to Life in Heidelberg, Germany!! Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Mussa!!
Congratulations to Tomiris Mulikova on acceptance to Biochemistry and Biophysics Ph.D. program at University of North Carolina (UNC)!!
Zhanibek Bekkhozhin has been accepted to Dartmouth College (Ivy League) for Ph.D. program in Chemistry!! Congratulations, Zhanibeeeeeek!!