The Ohio State University at Marion


Someone will take part in cutting edge research


Dr. Ryan Yoder’s research involves the use of molecular modeling experiments to resolve critical issues threatening the health of populations around the globe. Specifically, his work is aimed at combating the effects of toxic nerve agents, such as the sarin gas used in the 2013 attack on Syria.

Currently, Dr. Yoder’s research involves molecular docking studies – looking at computer models of how potential therapeutics interact with the target enzyme in the body.

While he collaborates with faculty on the Columbus campus, Dr. Yoder also offers his Ohio State Marion students rich opportunities to participate in this important research. Some of them have presented their work at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, among other proceedings.

Ohio State Marion junior and biochemistry major, Rachel Hopper, has benefitted from being part of Dr. Yoder’s ground-breaking research.

"This research is ultimately going to be the groundwork for my senior undergraduate thesis, as well as strengthening my presentation to compete in Ohio State’s prestigious Denman Undergraduate Research Forum," said Hopper.

Hopper was recognized by Ohio State’s Office of Undergraduate Research with the 2016 Undergraduate Research Award/Summer Research Fellowship. The award provides her a $3,500 stipend to conduct research through summer 2016.

Hopper is a Marion native and 2014 graduate of Pleasant High School. She was recognized for her research on “Molecular Modeling of Potential Therapeutics for Aged Acetylcholinesterase Reactivation”. In layman’s terms, she is using computer modeling to find treatments for sarin gas exposure.

The fellowship allows Hopper to conduct drug development research and create real-world therapeutics as an undergraduate, giving her a leg up on her aspirations toward a Ph.D. in biochemistry.