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Madeline Morrow

Madeline MorrowI am a senior at the University of Arizona double-majoring in Biochemistry and French, with a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. For the past two years, I have worked on a variety of projects ranging from biochemistry to chemical synthesis while in the lab of Dr. John Jewett. Some of my past projects include chemically modifying amino acids on the surfaces of proteins to manipulate binding capacity, or chemically modifying nucleobases to further our understanding for potential drug delivery when working with niche chemical compounds. My current thesis work involves synthesizing a library of novel triazene compounds. I have successfully synthesized nine unique triazenes. This particular synthesis allows for a much safer and rapid means of creating the compounds, and the triazenes have an improved relative stability for further applications. I am also testing these compounds under physiologically relevant conditions so as to be able to apply them to a biological environment and expand upon their utility. Outside of lab, I am a CBC Ambassador and peer mentor, President of the UA Biochemistry Club, a PX Ambassador at Banner UMC South, a member of the Pi Delta Phi French Honorary, and I work as a lifeguard supervisor at Campus Recreation. In my free time, I love playing soccer in the school intramural co-ed league and the Tucson adult league, hiking Mt Lemmon, and being with my friends. After graduation, I'm looking to work in industry for a few years before applying for medical school.