Published on April 29, 2010  

Sophomore biochemistry major Anna Worth recently won first place at the 5th Annual Alabama Statewide Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium poster session for her research entitled “Synthesis and utility of 4-alkoxy-dithionaphthoic acids.” Anna began the research last summer as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

"The acids [I worked with] make up the western portion of a novel ß-secretase inhibitor designed to help combat Alzheimer’s disease," Anna said. "In total, I synthesized, purified, and verified twenty-one novel compounds."

After completing her biochemistry degree at Samford, Anna plans to attend medical school. "I may even try for an MD/PhD program that would involve research," Anna said. "My goal is to become an oncologist."