Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


UT graduate student selected to attend Nobel laureates' conference

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 27, 2003 — Josh Sharp, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee conducting research at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected to attend a meeting this summer in Lindau, Germany, composed of Nobel laureates and students in physiology and medicine.

Sharp was nominated for the honor by ORNL Director Bill Madia. Dr. Raymond Orbach, director of DOE's Office of Science, asked that ORNL nominate a graduate student.

During the five-day conference, Sharp and other participants will have the opportunity to meet several Nobel Prize winners. This is the 53rd year for the conference to be held.

Sharp is conducting his research at ORNL within the Chemical Sciences Division. His focus is developing analytical techniques to probe the surface area of proteins by protein chemistry and mass spectrometry.

He earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Tennessee. Sharp received a master's in molecular biosciences under a joint degree program administered by Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

At Tennessee, Sharp has been a teaching assistant in the Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology and the Department of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Sharp is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the East Tennessee Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group.

He is a resident of south Knox County.

ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.