Biography

 Soumya


CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Phone: 301 405-7315
Office Address: 1101C
 Email: soumya9r@umd.edu

Lecturer

Education

  • PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 02/2015
    Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeffery T. Davis (jdavis@umd.edu)
    Dissertation Title: “Bioorganic Chemistry of Prodigiosenes: Anion Transport, Basicity, Conformation and G-Quadruplex DNA Binding”
  • M.Sc. Chemistry 07/2006 – 05/2008
    Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, India
  • B.Sc. Chemistry 07/2003 – 05/2006
    Miranda House, University of Delhi, India

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 08/2015 – 12/2015
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Graduate Research Assistant 05/2009 – 02/2015
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University Of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Designed and synthesised serine based receptors that bind biologically relevant anions such as chloride and bicarbonate
  • Evaluated anion binding by serine analogs. Receptors bind chloride using non-covalent interactions in a bidentate motif
  • Developed a strategy to modulate pKa of prodigiosenes as a function of vesicular pH, resulting in pH-tunable transmembrane anionophores
  • Co-authored two publications based on pH-tunable transmembrane anion transport studies
  • Established correlation between conformations of prodigiosenes and anion binding strength in solution
  • Published results demonstrating binding of natural product and anti-cancer agent prodigiosin with G-quadruplex DNA assembly
  • Gathered extensive experience with phospholipid assays, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR – 1D and 2D), mass spectrometry (MS), UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and dynamic light scaterring (DLS)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Chemical Society of Washington Student Travel Award 07/2013
  • Certificate on completion of lab safety workshops by Safety and Environmental Management of Laboratories 06/2012

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Chemical Society 03/2009 – Present
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS) 04/2012 – Present
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