Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware
2001 - present Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware
1992 B.S., Rice University, undergraduate research Michael Stern, Rice, and Richard Schowen, Kansas
1999 Ph.D., Yale University, Alanna Schepartz
1999 - 2001 Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University, Eric Jacobsen
Awards & Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Lambda Upsilon
1992 summa cum laude, Rice University
1992 - 1995 NSF predoctoral fellow
1999 - 2001 NIH postdoctoral fellow
2006 - 2011 NSF CAREER
I am interested in the design, control, and analysis of peptide and protein structure and function through post-translational modifications, phosphorylation, glycosylation, oxidative post-translational modifications, and through stereoelectronic and aromatic electronic effects, via the synthesis and application of unnatural amino acids. Design principles are also applied to the development of inhibitors of protein-protein interactions.
I have been working with peptides for over 2 decades. My passion for peptides stems from the ability to rapidly engage in cycles of design, synthesis and analysis, driven by molecular creativity and the ability to control all aspects of structure and recognition. Peptides give us the ability to broadly explore diverse areas of science and engineering. The American Peptide Symposium is an essential meeting because it showcases the diverse applications of peptides in medicine, materials, imaging, and basic biomedical research. I am interested in promoting the creativity of scientists using peptides across disparate fields. In addition, I am strongly committed to promoting young scientists and involving students at the earliest stages in peptide science.
On Tuesday (March 9th) and Thursday (March 11th), APS FASEB representative Dr. Mark Distefano along with other FASEB representatives and staff met with congressional staff members from both the House of Representatives and Senate to encourage them to increase the budgets for both NIH and NSF.
Please join us for the 27th American Peptide Symposium to be held June 11-16, 2022 in the beautiful mountain town of Whistler, Canada. Note this event was postponed a year due to COVID-19. The meeting program will cover a broad range of peptide-related topics and provides an excellent opportunity to network with scientists from around the world.