What degree are you currently seeking?:
Area of Specialty:
Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry
Brief thesis project description:
I'm studying the aldehyde metabolite of dopamine, DOPAL, and its relationship to Parkinson's disease. There is significant neuron death and loss of the neurotransmitter dopamine in PD, leading to motor problems. I study the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase and its inhibition by DOPAL, which leads to decreased L-DOPA, the immediate precursor to dopamine.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?:
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?:
I was interested in furthering my studies, and exploring a different branch of science which blended biochemistry and chemistry.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?:
I liked the MNPC program; there is a variety of work being done here which spans the whole spectrum of medicinal chemistry.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?:
I am planning on pursuing post-doctoral work first, and I have yet to decide if I plan on going into academia or industry work afterwards. I want to end up working in the degenerative disease field in the long run.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?:
I have been given a variety of opportunities and experiences at Iowa that will benefit me in my career goals.