Ph.D. (Chemistry) Stanford University
B.A. (Biochemistry) Mount Holyoke College
Specialties: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry
My research uses the tools of chemistry to probe the structure, function, and activity of biological molecules. Two current areas of interest are:
- Dimerization of histone-derived antimicrobial peptides (HDAPs). HDAPs are antibiotic compounds produced by certain organisms. My lab will develop methods for linking HDAPs together, and then determine how this modification affects antibacterial activity.
- Removal of formaldehyde from biological samples. Formaldehyde is commonly used to preserve biological samples. However, it does so by covalent modification of biomolecules, hindering later molecular analysis of the samples. We will investigate reagents and methods for removing formaldehyde while preserving the integrity of the biomolecules of interest.
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