I received my BS in 2009 in Chemistry and Biology from Towson University in Maryland. In my undergrad, I worked for Dr. Ryan Sours understanding binding properties of calcium oxalate monohydrate cystals, the major constituent in kidney stones. After Towson, I spent two years working with the Army as a civilian contrator on projects pertaining to neuropharmacology of chemical warfare nerve agents.
Starting my third year in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics program here at DU, I am working with Dr. David Patterson. I am interested in purine synthesis with my projects aimed at the purinosome and its functionality. Although the idea of a purinosome is not new, the tools required for probing the subject have recently been developed and I hope to make my mark on the topic. After graduation I hope to stay in academia as a professor and investigator.
Mazzarino, RC. Thomas, TJ. Sours, RE. (2011) Chromatographic determination of impurity binding affinities on biomineral crystals. Crystengcomm 13, 1096-1102.