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Graduate Research Assistant

Office: A127A Chemical and Life Sciences Lab (CLSL)
Phone: (217) 244-1583




B.S. Chemistry, University of California - San Diego

research interests

I am a graduate student in chemical biology. I was born in Italy, grew up in Southern California and completed my undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. As an undergraduate, I was interested in both Biology and Chemistry and ended up with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. My first research experience was in Dr. Julian Schroeder’s plant biology lab where as an Amgen Scholar I researched environmental stimuli and plant development, specifically I was characterizing the carbon dioxide mediated stomatal development response pathway . With the help of an NSF funded CCE-LTER REU internship I then worked in Dr. Mike Landry’s lab at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography where I investigated the predator – prey size relationships in marine plankton. I used stable nitrogen isotopes to compare and assess zooplankton trophic levels in different biogeochemical environments. I always look forward to learning new techniques and new chemistry, and am very excited to be using solid-state NMR to research the structure-function relationships of the antifungal drug Amphotericin B.



Selected honors and awards

  • J. & M. Witt Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Chemical Biology Interface Training Program Trainee, 2014-2016
  • Warren College Provost Honors - Fall 2008, Winter 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012 and Spring 2012
  • Graduated Cum Laude from UC San Diego



selected publications

"C3-OH of Amphotericin B Plays an Important Role in Ion Conductance", Stephen A. Davis, Lisa A. Della Ripa, Lingbowei Hu, Alexander G. Cioffi, Taras V. Pogorelov, Chad M. Rienstra, Martin D. Burke. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 15102-15104 (Published online, November 18, 2015).