Chemistry

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Julia Dorsheimer

Why I became a chemistry major

I knew I wanted to become a chemistry major ever since I took high school chemistry and realized that the entire world is constructed via chemical bonds and interactions.

My experience as a chemistry major

After being here at Ursinus College, I have fallen even more in love with the subject and the professors. After taking CHEM 151 (Advanced General Chemistry), I knew that I was in the right place. The challenging course work always kept me on my A-Game. I feel so grateful to have outstanding professors that will root for my success in every class I take.

About our research

The research I do under Dr. Amanda Reig focuses on the structural and chemical effects of an amino acid sequence in diiron carboxylate proteins, and how changing the amino acid sequence in the protein’s active-site can alter the it’s chemical reactivity. These proteins mimic naturally occurring proteins, and the amino acid sequences are changed via site-directed mutagenesis. Several assays are used to compare the reactivity of the mutated proteins to the original, including cobalt titrations, oxidation assays, and other reactivity studies.

My experience with research

I participated in the FUTURE Program during the summer of 2015, right before I started as a freshman at Ursinus College. I studied under Dr. Reig with Katie O’Shea as my FUTURE mentor, and could not have had a better experience. I got hands on experience before I even started college, and continued the research throughout freshman and now sophomore year. I’ve had amazing opportunities, such as being able to present at the American Chemical Society symposium last year in San Diego, CA.

Life after Ursinus

After Ursinus, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and then work in the pharmaceutical industry while also conducting research in the biochemical sciences.

Class Year

2019

Hometown

Honey Brook, Pennsylvania

Major

Chemistry

Minor

Mathematics

Activities

UC Ambassador, Tour Guide, Semester Research, Beardwood Chemical Society, Campus Activities Board (CAB), PASS Instructor, Chemistry Tutor