Bacterial Polysaccharides: Here we will attempt to understand the biochemistry of polymeric sugars called polysaccharides that coat the surface of specific bacteria, and play an important role in interactions between symbiotic gut microbes and their mammalian hosts.
2006-2010: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, MA
Department of Chemistry
Research Advisor: Professor Barbara Imperiali.
Biochemical and biophysical characterization of the campylobacter jejuni N-linked glycosylation system, which is essential to bacteria virulence
2000-2006: University of Kentucky Medical Center. Lexington, KY
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Research Advisor: Professor H.Peter Spielmann.
Chemical and enzymological studies of protein farnesyltransferase an enzyme important in cancer biology.
1997-2000: East Carolina University. Greenville, NC.
Cum Laude graduate
Research Advisor: Professor Cindy Putnam-Evans.
Site directed mutagenesis studies of CP-47 a protein important in photosynthesis.