Proteins are essential players in most biological processes and unraveling their behavior (or misbehavior) is important for understanding the molecular basis of life and of a variety of diseases. My research group is interested in protein chemistry with a particular focus on the development of new methods to gather insight into protein misfolding, aggregation, protein amyloid formation, protein interactions with metals, and protein chemistry within a cell.
We have two primary areas of investigation: (1) mass spectrometry-based methods to study protein amyloid formation and (2) elucidating the structure of the pre-amyloid oligomers of β-2-microglobulin.
Learn more at www.chem.umass.edu/~vachet/
- BS College of William and Mary
- PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- NRC postdoctoral fellowship: Naval Research Laboratory