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When she took a freshman course in general chemistry with Professor Mosher, he was quick to note her keen interest in organic chemistry. So, after hearing at a national conference about a potential drug called ISO-1 that could prevent Type 1 Diabetes, he approached Laura (and her best friend Katie Frost) to see if they wanted to help him develop a synthetic route to the preparation of ISO-1. “Our aim was to show that certain inexpensive compounds could be converted into the potential therapeutic agents related to ISO-1,” says Dr. Mosher.Laura—now ready to embark on her dream research career in preventive medicine—recalls long days spent in the lab. “When we began, Dr. Mosher spent a lot of time with us in the lab teaching us new techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high resolution mass spectrometry,” she explains. “By the end of the first year, however, Katie and I were both conducting independent research, meeting with Dr. Mosher only once a day to discuss our findings.” Three years later, Dr. Mosher’s team has successfully produced a small quantity of ISO-1 to demonstrate that their procedure works. Their findings also are being reviewed by the Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, an international journal.