B.S. Chemistry, Juniata College, 2009; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014; Postdoctoral Researcher, Duke University, 2014-2016; Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016-present
A myriad of fundamental chemical interactions cooperate and compete to drive biological processes. My research interests combine organic and biological chemistries to probe the intermolecular interactions between proteins and organic molecules in water.
My graduate work focused on building our understanding of the contribution of aromatic, hydrophobic, and hydrogen-bonding interactions to protein-substrate binding and my postdoctoral training translated this work to the development of targeted anticancer drug delivery agents using DNA-based nanoparticles.
As an educator I adapt this interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to active, evidence based learning within the classroom. My highest priority as an educator is to provide my students with opportunities to take an active role in learning. My goal is to help students understand chemistry by developing translatable problem solving and critical thinking skills that will benefit them both in and outside of the classroom.