Nature utilizes specific interactions between nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules to direct all of the biological processes that make life possible. Inspired by these molecular recognition capabilities, the aim of our chemical biology research program is twofold:
(1) To engage in hypothesis driven research towards a deeper understanding of the forces that drive interactions between nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules
(2) To apply our understanding of these interactions towards the development of new technologies in diagnostics, imaging, and therapeutics.
Our group is also active in both Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). Our goals in these areas include:
(1) Develop, implement, and assess interventions aimed at helping students embrace failure as a natural step on the path to success and innovation.
(2) Integrate authentic research into undergraduate lab and lecture curricula, and help generate resources that facilitate these activities among the physical sciences community.
Alongside our research, our group places a high priority on professional development, outreach, and the pursuit of fun!