Farley headed to Yale

Monday, May 6, 2013

Katie Farley, Equipment Circulation Manager of AV Services, will be continuing her research at Yale University in the Bio Physics, Bio Chemistry, and Structural Biology program later this year.

Farley, a senior who will be graduating with Honors from Westminster's Biochemistry program, has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society for her research regarding the self-assembly of small molecules in water. She performed her research; titled "Efficient Self-assembly in Water of Long Noncovalent Polymers by Nucleobase Analogs," while completing her internship at the Center for Chemical Evolution.

"The research I conducted leads to knowledge about the basic properties of self-assembly and the hydrophobic effect," said Farley. "Studying the assembly mechanisms of molecules at its most basic level leads to a greater understanding of life in general and could lead to determining how life began on the prebiotic Earth."

Farley conducted this research with a team of other scientists. The Principal Investigator of the lab is Dr. Nicholas Hud of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Working with these researchers was an amazing experience," said Farley. "These scientists are some of the best in their field and I got to collaborate with them to learn more about life began."

Farley is excited about attending Yale this fall as a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology track of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. Once she chooses a professor that she wants to work one-on-one with, she will move into a specific path. After taking classes for two years, she will be working exclusively with research.  Her career goal is to combine research and teaching to inspire others to make important discoveries regarding biochemistry and medical issues.

For more information regarding Katie Farley's research, contact Audio Visual Services by email at avstaff@westminster.edu or by phone at (724) 946-7188.

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