Shannon Speer

Shannon Speer

Year Entered
2016

Hometown
Waxhaw, NC, USA

Undergraduate Degree
Rhodes College, B.S. Chemistry, 2016

Research Group
Pielak

Current Research Focus
My research focuses on determining the effects of the cellular environment on protein folding and protein-protein interactions using 19F NMR. Specific focus is given to techniques that provide structural, kinetic, and thermodynamic information on the interactions.

Short Bio
Shannon Speer grew up in Waxhaw, NC where she fell in love with science and discovery. She decided to venture out of North Carolina to pursue her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. While at Rhodes she worked under Jon Russ studying analytical techniques for artifact characterization. After four years of enjoying the best BBQ and Beale Street, she decided she would head back to North Carolina to pursue her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry. When not working in lab, Shannon enjoys running marathons, swimming, and eating copious amounts of dessert.

Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
UNC was the right fit for me because of the excellent research and because it was the only school I visited where I felt like the students were genuinely happy.

What are your future plans?
After getting my Ph.D., I hope to go into academia and work as a professor at a primarily undergraduate university.