B.A., Smith College; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Professor of Chemistry
Expertise in DNA damage and bacterial biophysics.
In my research, I use a variety of chemical, physical, and biochemical tools to answer relevant biological questions. At this intersection between different fields, I hope to bring a different perspective and experience to bear on interesting scientific puzzles.
Half of my research group explores DNA damage, particularly the dynamics and thermodyanamics of DNA with small base lesions like the thymine dimer.
The bacterial biophysics subgroup uses Atomic Force Microscopy and other techniques to examine bacterial predation in biofilms.
Both sets of projects succeed due to the hard work and brilliance of my wonderful collaborators and talented undergraduate research students.