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Palmer, Amy E Professor


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research overview

  • The development of fluorescence imaging techniques has revolutionized our ability to visualize cellular processes in real time. We now has the ability to interrogate specific proteins, molecules, and ions in cells with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. The focus of our lab is to expand this 'toolkit' to develop probes for imaging cellular metal homeostasis and bacterial pathogenesis. These targets represent fascinating examples of the complexity of cellular signaling networks and they have been implicated in diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and cancer, as well as processes such as neurodegeneration and persistent bacterial infections. In our laboratory the creation of novel imaging probes to shed light on cell biology are inextricably linked. Our research combines biophysical techniques, protein design and engineering for the development of novel probes, and cellular imaging studies to elucidate the mechanisms of cellular signaling pathways.


  • live cell imaging, development of fluorescent sensors, development of imaging technology, imaging of cellular signaling


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courses taught

  • BCHM 6901 - Research in Biochemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 1400 - Foundations of Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Covers core concepts in chemistry: nature of matter (atomic and molecular structure, bonding and macroscopic properties), transformations of matter (chemical reactivity), and quantifying chemical transformations (thermochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics). Emphasizes critical thinking and cultivate core problem solving skills utilized by scientists. Intended for first semester CHEM/BCHM majors. Department enforced prerequisites: one year high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (minimum grad C-) and high school math through pre-calculus. Not recommended for students with grades below B- in CHEM 1021. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 1401. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1113. Formerly CHEM 1251.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEM 6941 - Master's Candidate for Degree
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
  • CHEM 6951 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
  • MCDB 6000 - Introduction to Laboratory Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces methodology and techniques used in biological research. Designed as a tutorial between a few students and one faculty member. Students are expected to read original research papers, discuss findings, and to plan and execute experiments in selected areas. Open only to MCDB graduate students. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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