Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, Truman State University, 2007
PhD in Chemistry, University of Missouri, 2012
I specialize in the field of analytical chemistry, where we answer questions like "how much?" and "what instrument should I use and why?" We have an excellent assortment of research instruments at Westminster College (IR, NMR, HPLC, GC-MS, FAA, DSC and others) to address these questions in the real world. In graduate school, I focused on membrane protein structure which I plan to continue with undergraduates at Westminster. There are many innovative spectroscopic means to deduce protein structure and dynamics while inside the lipid bilayer. Students who are interested in this field of research will learn to operate a variety of instruments while addressing a problem they are personally interested in, become competent in the lab, and present their research locally and at conferences. This set of skills is particularly attractive to employers and graduate schools in the field of science.
Do you have a project where you'd like to know "how much?", "is this compound present?", or "what's in this?" Stop by and we'll figure out how you can answer that.
While I've lived in Missouri all my life, I've taken the time to travel abroad. I love the chance to visit Europe and France in particular. From 2007 to 2012, I spent week-long trips to Chichicastenango, Guatemala to help Mizzou medical students at the ASELSI medical clinic serving the Mayan population. I'll join any game of ultimate Frisbee and I love learning how to play any stringed instrument. Currently, that includes the guitar and mandolin but I started with the violin.