I am a computational and synthetic organic chemist by training. In the past, my research has focused on developing novel small molecules and peptides intended to modulate the activity of the sphingosine 1-phosphate and opioid receptors. These receptor families are important targets for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and pain respectively. As a new faculty member at the University of Redlands, I intend to unite and expand upon this research, synthesizing cyclic peptides intended to treat pain, addiction, or cancer. This research will contribute new knowledge to the field while providing students interested in the chemical or health sciences with a meaningful research experience.
My research lies within the field of medicinal chemistry and uses different methods to design, synthesize, and investigate the properties and therapeutic potential of cyclic peptides. Current research is focused on:
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2014
B.S., Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Arizona, 2008
· Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Redlands
· Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida