Year of Graduation: 2015
Research Lab: Geissinger
Major Area of Focus: Physical Chemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Inorganic / Biophysics
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2006 – 2009, BS – Chemistry with Biochemical Option
Why I like Chemistry
Chemistry has always been a challenge for me, an engaging & satisfying game for my mind.
Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee
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.
Favorite things to do in Milwaukee
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.
- Wagie, H. E. and P. Geissinger (2012). “Hole-Burning Spectroscopy as a Probe of Nano-environments and Processes in Biomolecules: A Review.” Applied Spectroscopy 66(6): 609-627.
- Wagie, H. E., J. C. Woehl, and P. Geissinger (2015). “Practical Implementation of Infinite-Order Perturbation Theory with Stark Spectroscopy for Internal Electric Field Determination.” In preparation.
- Founding officer of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) student section at UWM
- Founding officer of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Student Council
- Three student poster awards at the SCIX conference, 2009, 2011, 2013
- UWM Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry 2014 Awards Day, 1st Place poster
- UWM Graduate School Distinguished Graduate Student Award, 2012–2013 academic year