Morgan Bair Vaughn

Ph.D., Emory University, 2018!

Group Member Since 2014

B.S., Berry College, 2013

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Since my first research project as an undergraduate, I’ve been fascinated by proteins, enzymes in particular. Enzymes achieve amazing increases in reaction rates, such that they catalyze reactions within seconds that would take years to occur otherwise People are interested in harnessing this capability, but as of now, it can only be done with moderate success. In order to fully take advantage of the enzymes, we need better understand how they function. My research focuses on understanding the role of protein dynamics in enzyme catalysis. The enzyme I am currently focusing on is dihydrofolate reductase. I use temperature jump infrared and fluorescence spectroscopy to discern the loop motions of dihydrofolate reductase.

In addition to research, I enjoy reading, mountain biking, and hiking.