Assistant Professor of BioChemistry
B.S., Susquehanna University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
- Basic Biochemistry
- Intermediate Biochemistry
- Quantitative Analysis
- Freshman Seminar: Tuskegee & Baltimore
The primary interests in my research group focus on the enzymes of photosynthesis, particularly those of the poorly understood heliobacteria. The heliobacteria are a family of strictly anaerobic microbes that, unlike traditional photosynthetic organisms, neither split water into oxygen nor convert carbon dioxide into sugar. Our research utilizes both traditional biochemical methodologies, such as protein purification, and advanced spectroscopic techniques, such as whole cell spectroscopy, to characterize the enzymes and reactions involved in heliobacterial photosynthesis. The goal is to expand our understanding of non-traditional photosynthesis so that we may better leverage nature’s 3.5 billion years of experience in light-driven technologies to solve the technological issues of our own time.