George R. Pack Award

The George R. Pack Award for Most Outstanding Chemistry PhD Dissertation was established by colleagues, family and friends to recognize in perpetuity Dr. Pack’s role in growing a vigorous departmental research program, his contributions to the University’s research environment, and his appreciation of the key role that graduate students provide in the research process.

2018 Recipient

Dr. Kelly Mouapi-Davis

 Mentored by Muriel Maurer, PhD
Thesis Title: Expanding the Frontier of Gold Catalyzed Cyclizations

Dr. Kelly Mouapi-Davis received her BA in Chemistry (cum laude) with a minor in Spanish from Berea College in 2012, and obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Louisville in 2017 under the mentorship of Dr. Muriel Maurer. For her dissertation, she used mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the mechanisms utilized by two important proteins, Fibrinogen and Factor XIII, involved in the formation of stable blood clots. Dr. Mouapi is currently a NIH T32 Research Fellow at the Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. At the Advanced Clinical BioSystems Institute, Dr. Mouapi designs and applies targeted mass spectrometry-based assays that combine proteomics and lipidomics for early prediction of major adverse cardiac events. She has presented her research at several national and international conferences and was awarded a Young Investigator award at the International Fibrinogen Workshop (2014). Her current work on remote microsampling was recently selected for a talk at the International Human Proteome Organization on targeting Women’s Health. Dr. Mouapi has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications. She loves to travel, volunteer locally to promote healthy lifestyles, inspire young minds to pursue STEM-related fields, and share tips and resources for success with the next generation of scientists.

Past Recipients