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Summer Research

During the summer The College of New Jersey supports undergraduate research and creative activity through the Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) program. Chemistry students regularly participate in the MUSE program, during which time they are immersed in the research laboratory and are able to gain research training that will help prepare them for post-graduate studies and careers. The program also includes a number of coordinated intellectual and social activities across all academic disciplines at TCNJ, helping to develop our chemistry students as broadly engaged scientific citizens.

2017 MUSE and Externally-Supported UG Researchers

Bryan Bogin: Building a coarse-grained model of type IV pilus filaments
Maria Fairfield: Investigation of the binding of the comP pilin protein to DNA
Kristen Vogt: Studying the permeability of lipid bilayers to ionic liquids and antibiotics
Joseph Baker, faculty mentor

Shaziya Ahmed, Allison Smith
New Air and Water Stable Iridium Catalysts for Transfer Hydrogenation: How Do They Operate under Base-Free Conditions?
Abby O’Connor, faculty mentor

Gianna Barreto, Christopher Kouba
Synthesis and Biochemical Testing of Next Generation Peptide Inhibitors of Thrombosis
Danielle Guarracino , faculty mentor

Celine Mileham, Kyra Kerman
Synthesis and Characterization of Smart Polymers
Heba Abourahma, faculty mentor

Eliana Aerts
Determining the Differences in Structure and Function of an Insect Protein– Implications in the Development of Selective Insecticides.
Stephanie Sen, faculty mentor

2015 MUSE and Externally-Supported UG Researchers

Aleena Andrews
Computational Modeling and Simulation of Proteins Involved in the Assembly and Disassembly of Extracellular Bacterial Filaments

Troy Brier
Computational Modeling and Simulation of Proteins Involved in the Assembly and Disassembly of Extracellular Bacterial Filaments
Joseph Baker, Faculty Mentor

Kendall Ciriacco
A Forensic Investigation of the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping, with a Focus on Document Analysis
John Allison, Faculty Mentor

Andrew Glass
Preparation of Resveratrol derivatives
David Hunt, Faculty Mentor

Sara Martin
Characterizing Novel Peptides as Anti-Thrombosis Agents
Danielle Guarracino, Faculty Mentor

Andrew Ruff
Catalytic transfer hydrogenation using iridium pyridinesulfonamide catalysts
Abby O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Rebeca Saldanha Castro
Joseph Baker, Faculty Mentor

Tanya Townsend
Mechanistic insights into catalytic transfer hydrogenation using iridium pyridinesulfonamide catalysts
Abby O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Allison Zumwalde
John Allison, Faculty Mentor

2014 Summer Research Projects

Megan Merbach
Studying Interactions of Artist’s Media (Egg Yolk) with Pigments – Are phosphopeptides Altered?
John Allison, Faculty Mentor

Ryan Chin
Studying the Folding Pathway of Truncated and Full-Length Human Serum Albumin via FCS
Bunagan, Faculty Mentor

Will McDermott
Discovery of Novel Thermoelectric materials by the Destruction of the Rock Salt Structure of Bismuth Telluride (Bi2Te3)
Chan, Faculty Mentor

Lea Palacios
Discovery of Novel Thermoelectric materials by the Destruction of the Rock Salt Structure of Bismuth Telluride (Bi2Te3)
Chan, Faculty Mentor

Kayla Gentile
Development of ‘Artificial’ Peptides that Bind Collagen as Potential Anti-Thrombosis Agents
Guarracino, Faculty Mentor

Dylan Nguyen
Development of ‘Artificial’ Peptides that Bind Collagen as Potential Anti-Thrombosis Agents
Guarracino, Faculty Mentor

Catherine Lee
Polymerization of Norbornene Using Cationic (Pi-allyl)Ni(II) Dialkylbiaryl Phosphine
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Mia Kunitomo
Exploring the Reactivity of Norbornene with (Pi-allyl)Pd Cations Containing Dialkyl Biaryl Phosphines
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Andrew Ruff
Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalyst Screening for Cp*Ir Pyridine Sulfonamide Complexes
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Husnain Sajjad
Progress Towards the Synthesis of [N,N,N]-Dianionic Pincer Ligands to Stabilize Iridium in High Oxidation States
O’Connor, Faculty Mentor

Taylor Horsfield
Analyzing the Use of Bisphosphonates as Inhibitors of Farnesyl Diphosphate Synthase in Manduca Sexta
Sen, Faculty Mentor

Alexis Jones
Analyzing the Use of Bisphosphonates as Inhibitors of Farnesyl Diphosphate Synthase in Manduca Sexta
Sen, Faculty Mentor

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