A group of Bryn Mawr chemistry students and Professor Susan White took part in a poster session at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society earlier this month.
In addition to White, the group was made up of BMC graduate student Bashkim Kokona, Anna Roma ’13, and graduates Ashton Shaffer ’11 and Mithila Rajagopal ‘10. Their poster was titled “Analysis of L30 mRNA kink-turn conformational changes by Analytical Centrifugation.”
The goal of their research is to study RNA structure in solution and whether the presence of protein or salts changes its structure. Experiments suggest that the L30 RNA is bent and this bend is important for protein binding and magnesium facilitates bend formation. The analytical centrifuge is often used for protein aggregation studies, so this research on RNA shape is a new application. General Chemistry students visited the meeting as well and learned firsthand about the interdisciplinarity of biophysics as they visited posted, exhibits, and presentations.
Bryn Mawr’s Chemistry Department combines high quality, visible research programs with excellent teaching. The chemistry department seeks to provide a supportive and rigorous curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level to students having diverse preparation and diverse goals. The chemistry major includes introductory and advanced courses in the core areas of biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Advanced courses are informed by the research areas of bioinorganic, nanomaterials, medicinal, computational, organic materials, and nucleic acid and protein chemistry. For more information, visit the Chemistry Department website.