Research Experience:


Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  (2002-present)
Student Erin Telste (2003-2004) working on The Design and Synthesis of Conformationally Constrained RNA Oligonucleotides, funded by Lilly Pharmaceuticals and the Merck/AAAS Foundation through the St. Olaf College department of chemistry.

Student Laura Berntson (2003-2004) working on Models of Gene Regulation Mediated by mRNA-Thiamin Recognition, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the St. Olaf College department of chemistry and the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund through a type G grant to GWM.

Student Allan Bateman working on Thrombin Biochemistry, an independent senior honors proposal in collaboration with Dr. White Owen, Department of Biochemsitry, Mayo Medical School.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT.  (1999-2002)
Determined pKa perturbations of adenosine residues within 50S ribosomal subunits.  Synthesized peptidyl transferase inhibitors to determine the mechanism of RNA catalyzed peptide bond formation.
 Advisor: Professor Scott A. Strobel

Doctoral Student, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.  (1995-1999)
Synthesized metal chelating reagents to cleave RNA at structurally specific sites.  Measured structural distances within ribosomes using tethered chemical nucleases.  Elucidated movement within the 30S ribosomal subunit using chemical nucleases.
 Advisors:     Professor Charles M. Thompson (Chemistry)
                   Professor Walter E. Hill (Biochemistry, retired)

Research Assistant, Department of Biopharmaceutics, Corning Pharmaceutical Services, Hazleton Laboratories, Madison, WI.  (1992-1995)
GC/HPLC analysis of parent drugs and metabolites for drug development studies.
 Supervisor: Phillip Christman

Undergraduate Research, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.  (1991-1992)
Determined interactions of Coomassie Brilliant Blue with proteins through quantitation and modeling of dye binding.
 Advisor:  Professor Allan Splittgerber
 
 

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