A.) Identifying biologically active natural products from prairie plants and cultured fungi.
This work involves doing bioassays on prairie plant and fungal extracts to identify compounds that have potent activity against bacterial and/or fungi. The research also involves running bioassays for compounds that may be used in natural food preservatives.
Required skills are knowledge of organic and analytical chemistry, experience with techniques in microbiology.
B.) Developing techniques to determine the absolute stereochemistry and regiochemistry of complex carbohydrates.
This work involves optimizing reaction conditions to synthesize derivatives of carbohydrates. These derivatives will then be subjected to GC/MS and LC/MS evaluation. The goal is to develop a robust method that can be used to rapidly determine the structure and stereochemistry of complex carbohydrates.
Required skills are completion of Instrumental Analysis.