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Melanie Chestnut

Melanie M. Chestnut is a UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division. She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana in 2014 and a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2019. Her doctoral research involved development of a method to measure local water concentrations in highly heterogeneous biological systems with high spatial resolution (~2 angstroms) using Hyperfine Sublevel Correlation (HYSCORE) spectroscopy, a pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) technique, as well as studying the directionality of electron transfer in P700, the primary electron donor of Photosystem I using multifrequency 4- and 6-pulse HYSCORE measurements. Melanie now works with Veronika Szalai on mapping hydration in intrinsically disordered proteins using HYSCORE spectroscopy.

Created February 4, 2020, Updated March 18, 2020