- 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
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
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.