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Lauren Buchanan

Title And Contact Information

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: 5501 SC
Phone: (615) 875-8893
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235

Buchanan Lab:

Room 7510-SC
Lab Phone: 875-8840


Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013


Lauren Buchanan received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2013. She has won numerous awards including "National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow" (2009-2012) and "Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Award" (University of Wisconsin - 2009). Professor Buchanan brings a wealth of knowledge and research experience to the Vanderbilt Department of Chemistry.

Selected Publications

L.E. Buchanan, J.K. Carr, A.M Fluitt, A.J. Hoganson, S.D. Moran, J.J. de Pablo, J.L. Skinner, M.T. Zanni. "Structural motif of polyglutamine amyloid fibrils discerned with mixed-isotope infrared spectroscopy," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 5796-5801 (2014).

A.W. Parker, T.O. Zhang, L.E. Buchanan, M.T. Zanni. "Insights into amylin aggregation by 2D IR spectroscopy," Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, 3, 189-96 (2014).

L.E. Buchanan, E.B. Dunkelberger, H.Q. Tran, P.-N. Cheng, C.-C. Chiu, P. Cao, D.P. Raleigh, J.J. dePablo , J.S. Nowick, M.T. Zanni, "Mechanism of IAPP amyloid fibril formation involves an intermediate with a transient β-sheet," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 19285-90 (2013).

L. Wang, L.E. Buchanan, E.B. Dunkelberger, J.J. de Pablo, M.T. Zanni, J.L. Skinner, "Ultrafast Infrared Spectroscopy of Amylin Solution and Fibrils," in Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Spectroscopy, M.D. Fayer, Ed. CRC Press: Boca Raton, 437-460 (2013).