Year of Graduation: 2015
Research Lab: Professor Geissinger
Major Area of Focus: Physical Chemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Inorganic / Biophysics
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2006 - 2009, BS - Chemistry with Biochemical Option
Chemistry has always been a challenge for me, an engaging & satisfying game for my mind.
Having completed my undergraduate degree at UWM after returning to school from a five-year hiatus, I found the chemistry faculty to be knowledgeable and accessible. I continued my graduate research with Dr. Peter Geissinger after a great undergraduate research opportunity with the group that included three poster presentations and an award.
I love summertime in Milwaukee! The constant lakefront festivals and music events in parks gives this small town a celebration atmosphere from May to September.
We would like to measure internal electric fields inside myoglobin and hemoglobin using spectral hole-burning as a resolution method for Stark spectroscopy (application of an electric field to affect absorption or emission spectra). This parameter is being explored as a contributor to the impressive ligand discrimination displayed in these proteins, which will require the development of a theory to model the protein matrix as a proper microscopic distribution of electron density as opposed to the macroscopic dielectric material model used currently.