Women faculty across the College of Science and Engineering are doing exciting research..........
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry - Faculty Research
The research in my laboratory is based on the synthesis and investigation of polyhedral borane anions. In particular, we are interested in the potential application of this class of compounds to boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), a binary cancer therapy proposed for the treatment of brain tumors and metastatic melanoma.
- Polymeric Biomaterials
- Drug Delivery Systems
- Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels
- Nucleic Acid Enabled Biomaterials
- Use of electroactive polymers in applications including energy storage, sensors, and static dissipationSynthesis of novel extended conjugation monomers and polymers
- Templating for improved performance of electroactive polymers
- Dominant ion transport processes in electroactive polymers
- Nanoparticle preparation, functionalization, coating, and characterization for applications including enhanced efficiency fuels
- The role of micro RNAs in regulating neuroblastoma cell differentiation
- Discovery of novel differentiation agents for treating neuroblastoma
- Novel genes regulating neuroblastoma cell differentiation
- Novel genes in lung tumorigenesis
- Protein-nucleic acid interactions
- RNA chaperones
- Protein and RNA structure-function relationships
Our research group uses qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore learning in undergraduate general chemistry courses and high school chemistry classrooms. Some of the common methods we use are: surveys, interviews, focus groups, and eye tracking. The overarching focus of our research is on student understanding and assessment.
We are particularly focused on:
- Assessing conceptual knowledge and utilization of representations
- Impact of curricular choices and student study habits on student understanding
- Impact of testing feedback on student success