Golda Harris

Jackie, Sarah, and Golda present and defend their honor theses

Jackie, Sarah, and Golda participated in the Department Distinguished Major Program and gradauted with distinction.
First, on April 21st they presented their research.

Then in the following two weeks they defended their honors thesis.

Graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania

Golda Harris
Chemistry major with biochemistry focus
Distinguished Major Program

As an undergraduate researcher, Golda studied the catalytic mechanism of TM1385, a phosphoglucose isomerase (PGI) enzyme from Thermotoga maritima. She aims to distinguish between two possible mechanisms of the enzyme-catalyzed isomerization; enediol intermediate or direct hydride shift through 1H NMR and 2D 1H-13C NMR spectroscopy. Mutational studies will also help to determine the roles of conserved active site residues in the catalytic mechanism. A better understanding of the mechanism used by the PGI from T. maritima will contribute to knowledge of the relationship between a particular PGI catalytic mechanism, the structure of the active site, and the overall fold of the enzyme.

Golda and Sarah receive Bass Scholarships for Summer Research

Golda Harris (3rd year) and Sarah Elkin (3rd year) received Chemistry Department Bass Scholarships to support their summer research. Golda works on determining the mechanism of a putative glucose-6-phosphate isomerization using NMR spectroscopy and Sarah is focusing on the substrate specificity of a nucleoside kinase.

Justin and Golda receive Bass Scholarship

The UVA Chemistry Bass Scholarship provides $2,000 to chemistry majors performing scientific research with a professor in the department.