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Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2001)
B.A. Chemistry, Grinnell College (1997)

Recent Courses

General Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry Lab I
Undergraduate Research In Chemistry I

Research Interests

Computational studies examining thermodynamics of RNA structure and protein recognition of RNA

Grants/Sponsored Research

National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation, 9/1/12-8/31/15 “MRI: Acquisition of High Performance Computers for the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY)", $200,000, serving as Senior Personnel, George Shields – PI, CHE-1229354.

Refereed Articles

Witts, R.N.; Hopson, E.C.; Koballa, D.E.; Van Boening, T.A.; Hopkins, N.H.; Patterson, E.V. and Nagan, M.C. (2013), Backbone-Base Interactions Critical to Quantum Stabilization of Transfer RNA Anticodon Structure. J. Phys. Chem. B, 117, 7489-7497.

Michael, L.A.; Chenault, J.A.; Miller III, B.R.; Knolhoff, A.M. and Nagan, M.C. (2009), Water, Shape-Recognition, Salt Bridges and Pi-Cation Interactions Differentiate Peptide Recognition of the HIV Rev-Responsive Element. J. Mol. Biol., 392, 774-786.

Hati, S.; Ziervogel, B.; SternJohn, J.; Wong, F.-C.; Nagan, M.C.; Rosen, A.E.; Siliciano, P.G.; Chihade, J.W. and Musier-Forsyth, K. (2006), Pre-transfer Editing by Class II Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase: Role of Aminoacylation Active Site in "Selective Release" of Noncognate Amino Acids. J. Biol. Chem., 281, 27862-27872.

McCrate, N.E.; Varner, M.E.; Kim, K.I. and Nagan, M.C. (2006), Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Human tRNALys,3UUU: The Role of Modified Bases in mRNA Recognition. Nucleic Acids Res., 34, 5361-5368.

Polaske, N.W.; Wood, A.L.; Campbell, M.R.; Nagan, M.C. and Pollak, L.M. (2005), Amylose Determination of Native High-Amylose Corn Starches by Differential Scanning Calorimetry. Starch, 57, 118-123.