Frank Schmidtmann

Frank's CV


Born and raised in Naples, New York.  Frank (aka. The KING) worked at Rochester General Hospital for five years as a sterile pharmaceutical prep. technician. He graduated in 1999 from St. John Fisher College with a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Biology.  Frank was also awarded the Outstanding Student in Biochemistry award from the American Institute of Chemists in 1999.  He came to the University of Virginia in the fall of 1999.


 Playstation/ps2, SciFi movies, skateboarding.

Favorite Links:

game-revolution online magazine,
WBER internet and local radio,



Frank explaining his chemistry to Greg at the third year poster session

Research Project

Current work involves the synthesis of glycopeptides for use as cancer antigens.  Solid phase peptide synthesis is used to obtain the desired T-cell epitope with a olefin "handle" built in.  Olefin metathesis is then used to link the carbohydrate to the peptide chain (as shown in diagram below).  These carbon linked glycopeptides should be stable to enzymes in the body which degrade standard oxygen linked glycopeptides.