I have a background in the synthesis, structural characterization, and elucidation of magnetic superexchange pathways of copper coordination compounds. Techniques included small molecular crystallography, x-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and SQUID magnetometry. More recently, I moved from small molecule studies to proteins, where I characterized the structure of C-terminal Binding Protein, an oncogenic co-transcriptional factor, through X-ray crystallography and MALS as part of a project in structure based drug design.
- BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clark University, 2016
- MS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clark University, 2017
- Bellesis, A.G., Landee, C.P., Polson, M., Turnbull, M.M., Wikaira, J.L. Serendipitous Synthesis of a Cu(OAc) 2 Complex Via CuCl 2 Catalyzed Oxidation of 2-butanone: Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Magnetic Behavior of (5-NAP)2 (CH3COO)4 Cu2 *nH2O (n=0 and 2)(5-NAP= 2-amino-5-nitropyridine). Eur. Chem. Bull. 2015; 4(2):110-116.