Faculty Profile

Laura Rowe

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Neils Science Center 144
(219) 464-6255
Laura.Rowe@valpo.edu

Website

http://blogs.valpo.edu/lrowe1/


Education

B.A., Chemistry - University of Kentucky 2002
Ph.D., Chemistry - University of Kentucky 2008
Postdoc - Cambridge University 2008-2010

Areas of Specialization

Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry

Research Interests

Biochemistry
Our research group is interested in using chemical techniques to solve biological problems, especially in terms of visualizing and understanding the non-genomic life processes, such as post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications and interactions of nucleic acids and proteins.  In an effort to expand this ‘post-genomic toolbox’ our group is working to develop an expanded genetic code in E. coli that will incorporate fluorescent amino acids that are useful in super-resolution microscopy.  In addition, we use conventional fluorophores to monitor the conformational changes of important proteins, and strive to develop affinity ligands that are specific for the post-translational modifications of proteins seen in higher organisms.