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Nicole Jenkinson

VU Beckman Scholar: Nicole Jenkinson

Nicole is a rising junior at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, with a minor in French. She grew up in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Nicole is a member of Chi Omega and the Vanderbilt Student Government Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Committee, and began doing research in the spring of her first year in the Macdonald Lab. That spring she began synthesizing nanoparticles and investigated the effect of carbonyl position on the particles' optical properties, and continued this work through the fall. She is now working on synthesizing an amphiphilic nanoparticle that is optimized for bioimaging. Nicole plans to attend graduate school upon graduation from Vanderbilt.


VU Beckman Scholar Mentor: Janet Macdonald, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Macdonald received her BSc in chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2002 before beginning graduate studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Veinot, she studied mechanistic details of the synthesis of iron nanoparticles and how iron nanoparticles could be used to remediate trace catalytic metals from organic synthesis. She was granted a PhD in 2008 and then continued post-doctoral studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in the laboratory of Professor Uri Banin where she synthesized hybrid nanoparticles for photocatalytic applications. Since joining the Vanderbilt faculty in the summer of 2011, she has been building a laboratory focusing on the synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials. As chemists, the Macdonald group is interested in the synthesis of nanoparticles in order to harness their large surface area for enhanced reactivity and size-dependent light absorption for solar energy applications. The Macdonald group re-explores long ignored materials as nanostructured materials, their size and shape dependent reactivity and uses their previously un-tapped potential as electrocatalysts with applications in solar cells and as photocatalysts.

Hope Pan

VU Beckman Scholar: Hope Pan

Hope is a rising junior at Vanderbilt University, studying Chemistry and Applied Mathematics. She was born and raised in Gainesville, FL, where she first developed her interest in research by working in a genetics lab at the University of Florida. In her first two years at Vanderbilt, Hope worked as a research assistant in the Department of Pharmacology. In 2016, she began work with the Stone laboratory, which specializes in characterizing DNA lesions using NMR spectroscopy. Her research is focused on DNA lesions that result from exposure to methylating agents. Outside of the lab, Hope serves as president of the Vanderbilt American Chemical Society student chapter. She is also involved in the Circle K International, Glamour Gals, and Alternative Spring Break service groups and is a member of the Navigators collegiate ministry and the Sigma Phi Lambda sorority. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to pursue an MD/PhD dual degree in epidemiology.

Michael Stone

VU Beckman Scholar Mentor: Michael Stone, Ph.D.

Michael P. Stone. Born August 23,1955, Berkeley, CA. B.S. Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, 1977; Ph.D, Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 1981; post-doctoral, Department of Chemistry, The University of Rochester, 1981-84; Faculty, Vanderbilt University, 1984-present, currently Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry. Prof. Stone's research expertise is in the chemistry and structural biology of DNA damage, including DNA cross-linking, and involving human exposures to aflatoxins, a,b-unsaturated aldehydes, styrene and butadiene, aryl amines, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The Stone lab utilizes both NMR spectroscopy and crystallography for structural determinations. Prof. Stone has published 130+ peer-reviewed publications. At Vanderbilt University, Prof. Stone has taught general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. He directs the Structural Biology Core Facility of an NIEHS P30 Center in Molecular Toxicology. Prof. Stone serves on the Editorial Board of Chemical Research in Toxicology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Chemical Society, The Biophysical Society, and Sigma Xi.

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