Arezue Boroujerdi is a NIST post-doctoral fellow working in the NMR facility. Her NMR work is geared toward the rapidly growing field of metabolomics. In conjunction with the interests of the scientists at the Hollings M arine Laboratory, she is pursuing environmental metabolomics to investigate the effects of environmental stressors on marine organisms. Her current projects and interests involve a temperature-dependent bacteria that affects corals, dietary effects on the metabolome of fish, and construction of an NMR standards database comprising of common metabolites found in marine organisms.
Prior to joining NIST in March 2008, Arezue completed her Ph.D. work which involved protein structure calculations. Starting from the DNA of a halophilic protein (hvDHFR1), she produced (via molecular biology techniques) and purified (via column chromatography) the protein. Using three-dimensional NMR spectroscopy, she was able to achieve complete chemical shift assignments for the protein. Finally, through the use of various NMR software, she was able to calculate the structure of the protein. Arezue’s graduate work resulted in several publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and regional conferences.
Membership and Professional Activities:
Post Doctoral Research Chemist
Analytical Chemistry Division