Montana State University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
224 Chemistry and Biochemistry & Building
Bozeman, MT 59717
I am originally from Minnesota and moved to Montana to pursue my loves of snowboarding, flyfishing and science. After obtaining a degree in biotechnology, I joined the Peters lab as a technician in the fall of 2007. After a few years honing my biochemistry skills, I joined as a graduate student in 2011. My current research is focused on the structural characterization of anaerobic metalloenzymes. I am presently trying to elucidate the catalytic mechanism of nitrogenase by observing the enzymatic structural changes that take place during substrate turnover. This research is important because industrial nitrogen fixation to produce fertilizer consumes ~1-2% of the total annual world energy output. By improving our understanding the mechanism of biological nitrogen fixation, we may be able to mimic nature and produce fertilizer at a fraction of the cost of today's methods.
B.S. in Biotechnology, Montana State University, Bozeman MT, 59717.