Hello! I am a graduate student at WCU getting a masters in chemistry with an expected graduation of May 2023. My graduate research involves building a cavity enhanced spectrometer to detect the status of a plants health based on their gas emissions. After my masters I plan to obtain a doctoral in analytical chemistry and build new instruments for the analytical field.
The Construction of Two Cavity Enhanced Spectrometers for Ambient Aerosols and Terpenes
The research I conduct is designing, constructing, programming, and validating instruments that incorporate cavity enhanced spectroscopy. The main two instruments that my thesis involves are a cavity ring-down spectrometer, and a near-infrared broadband cavity enhanced spectrometer.
Constructed a cavity ring-down spectrometer (CRDS) to measure ambient aerosols and be used to calibrate other instruments.
Designing and working to construct a near-infrared broadband cavity enhanced spectrometer (NIR-BBCES) to detect terpenes.
Undergraduate Senior Research
Investigating an Uncharacterized Protein (3UN6) in Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 8325
This research project investigated an uncharacterized protein in Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 8325 (PDB: 3UN6). To identify a possible protein function three assessments were implemented and required bioinformatic programs and databases (BLASTp, InterPro, UniProt, PredictProtein, etc.). We are continuing our investigation and exploring new avenues to build upon our hypothesis, narrow down the transported molecule, and publish our findings.