Elsa Silva Lopez - PRIME Program
Elsa Silva López obtained her B.S. degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus where she performed research on the kinetics and enantioselectivity of transesterification reactions using Substilisin Carlsberg in organic solvents. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Washington State University where she studied the binding of a fluorescent serotonin ligand with serotonin type 3 receptor in supported lipid bilayers. After obtaining her Ph.D., she worked for a year as a full-time chemistry instructor at Washington State University and is currently working with Dr. Cristina Furdui at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she is studying the effects of oxidation on the structure and functionality of Akt2 relevant to disease.