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Elizabeth Dempsey '09

I graduated from SU in 2009 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Music, Vocal Performance. As an undergraduate, I worked in the Robert Doyle lab for two years – including a summer in the NSF REU program – synthesizing pyrophosphate-based coordination complexes and studying their structural diversity and their potential as chemotherapeutic agents. I participated in the university honors program, was named an SU Scholar for the College of Arts & Sciences, and received awards from the Biology and Chemistry departments, including the Robert Birge Award for Exceptional Performance in Biochemistry Research. After graduating, I worked for several years as a research technologist/specialist at Johns Hopkins University, studying the inflammatory and oxidative pathology of ischemic kidney disease.
I currently attend the University of Pennsylvania, where I am earning my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. My research with Dr. Andrew Tsourkas involves the synthesis and in vivo testing of novel nanomaterials for cancer imaging and treatment. I was also accepted into UPenn’s Graduate Training in Medical Sciences Certificate Program (formerly HHMI Med-Into-Grad) and participate as a fellow in the Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program. In addition to my academic activities, I have worked as VP of Business Development for the Penn Biotech Group for Healthcare Consulting, and as a fellow for The Science Center’s QED Program for academic technology commercialization.

Elizabeth Dempsey