Arie Van Wieren’s evolution into the biochemistry major and relentless researcher he is today can be classified as transformative.
Since starting in Sudipta Majumdar’s chemistry lab his freshman year, Van Wieren’s perception of science changed from dry and limiting to creative and expressive. He immersed himself in research, and, in the summer after his freshman year and each summer
since, he has participated in IUP’s 10-week summer research program, now known as Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research.
His doggedness has paid off, as his list of accomplishments keeps growing:
As a student in IUP’s Cook Honors College, he credits his success in studying antibiotic resistance to Majumdar.
“I can’t express enough how his guidance and support have impacted me,” Van Wieren said. “As a mentor, he is the complete picture. He’s helping me shape a career in science by making sure I’m competitive inside the research community. He’s helping me
plan my career and giving me guidance and opportunities that I’m not sure I’d have at another institution.”
What is he researching? Antibiotic resistance by way of targeting an enzyme—alanine racemase—in hopes of developing a new antibiotic drug. Some studies report that by 2050 more people will die annually from infection than from cancer. The race is on.