Welcome new professor Laura Rowe
The Department would like to introduce and welcome Professor Laura Rowe as the newest member of the chemistry faculty.  Dr. Rowe specializes in the area of biochemistry and biophysical chemistry.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and then went to Cambridge University for posdoctoral work.  She is currently teaching an introductory chemistry course for nursing students.  Her research is focused on 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’ her 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.  Her group uses 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.