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Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: Kimberly Beatty
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 3:15pm
Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: Kimberly Beatty

Science Building I, room 107, 1025 SW Mill Street
Free & open to the public

Oregon Health & Sciences University Assistant Professor Kimberly Beatty will present at the Department of Chemistry's weekly seminar series

About Professor Beatty

As an undergraduate, Dr. Beatty majored in Biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara. She entered college knowing that she wanted to be a scientist.  In addition to taking classes, she had the opportunity to do research with Prof. Alison Butler on vanadium bromoperoxidases.  Additionally, she did two internships off campus- at the UC Davis Medical Center and Genetech.  Dr Beatty completed her thesis research with Prof. David Tirrell at Caltech (2008).  Her studies there focused on developing novel methods for imaging subsets of cellular proteomes using azide-alkyne ligations (i.e., "click chemistry").  Next, she did a postdoc at UC Berkeley with Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi.  In Prof. Bertozzi's group, Dr Beatty created a new approach towards studying enzyme biomarkers in tuberculosis using fluorogenic probes.

Dr Beatty joined the faculty at OHSU at the end of August 2012.  Her group combines chemical biology and molecular imaging to detect and track enzymes underlying human diseases. Their current work spans three major projects:

  1. They are synthesizing and using small molecule probes to study hydrolases linked to Tuberculosis (TB). 
  2. They are developing new genetically encoded protein tags for high resolution microscopy.  These tags are being used to study iron uptake and cancer signaling networks.
  3. (New project) They are  applying chemical tools to study cancer cell-cell and cancer sub-type heterogeneity.

About the Department of Chemistry

The Portland State University Department of Chemistry maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research in the chemistry of the environment, novel materials and biological systems. The Department's curriculum, faculty, library, and facilities of the department are accredited by the American Chemical Society. | | 503-725-8756