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At Marshall, I teach Principles of Chemistry I (CHM 211) and Introductory Biochemistry (CHM 365). I am also interested in glycosylation, which is the addition of carbohydrate molecules, post-translationally, to proteins. My focus is on understanding how mammalian cells form the C2-mannosyltryptophan modification, and what role this modification has in cellular interactions.

I was born and raised in Livonia, New York. I graduated from the University of Richmond in 2004 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while minoring in Biology and Greek. Afterwards, I studied the evolution of enzymatic functions in the enolase superfamily under the tutelage of Dr. John Gerlt in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my Ph.D. in 2009 and then joined Dr. Lara Mahal's group in the Department of Chemistry at New York University with a focus on the regulation of mammalian glycosylation pathways. After spending a year as a Visiting Instructor of Biochemistry at Fort Lewis College, I joined the faculty at Marshall as an Assistant Professor in 2013.

 



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