Spotlight on Research
Mary Tecklenburg and Ryan PaulMary Tecklenburg

Tecklenburg receives $226,409 NIH grant

Tecklenburg's project aims to improve therapies for osteoporosis and genetic diseases of bone tissue through the study of the initial stages of bone development and the process of bone mineralization.

"Studies that further the basic understanding of bone growth will benefit overall human health," says Tecklenburg, professor of chemistry.

Ryan Paul, a senior chemistry major, and Mike Lubitz, a chemistry graduate student, worked with Tecklenburg using Raman spectroscopy – a laser light scattering technique to detect mineral growth.

"Working on this project with Dr. Tecklenburg is a great opportunity for me as an undergraduate to learn how to work within the trial and error structure of scientific research," Paul says.

"Our research deals with learning more about the chemical changes that occur in bone mineralization. This could assist future research on causes or treatments for bone diseases or conditions."