B.A., Indiana University ; Ph.D., University of California (San Diego)
Jacquelin WoodfordLecturer in Chemistry
Creating engaging and active classroom for introductory and organic chemistry courses.
My research interests lie at the intersection of organic chemistry and biochemistry. I am interested in synthesizing new polymers that can be used to stabilize therapeutic and bioactive peptides. Many therapeutic peptides are too unstable, or are degraded too rapidly inside the body to be useful therapeutics. Using polymers, we can potentially package and protect the therapeutic peptide so that it can achieve its therapeutic potential.
My teaching interests involve the use of new teaching technologies that can enhance the student experience in the classroom. I also strive to create an active and engaging class where students are encouraged to participate in their own learning. Finally, much of my curriculum incorporates real world examples so that students leaving my class have a better chemical understanding of the world around them.
Outside of the classroom, I am interested in increasing and retaining underrepresented students in STEM. Additionally, I also strive to create a community here at Wellesley that is inviting to all members of our community.
Outside of Wellesley, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.