Going with the flow:

Tracking electrons in biological systems

Electron transfer reactions are essential to cellular signaling and functioning. These reactions are exquisitely sensitive to their environment and the study of their thermodynamic properties allows for a better understanding of critical biochemical processes. Professor Buzzeo will discuss how electrochemical analysis of redox-active biological systems, from naturally occurring amino acids to proteins isolated from psychrophilic organisms, provides insight into the delicate interplay of key physiological events.



Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Barnard College

Marisa Buzzeo is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Barnard College and a graduate of the class of 2001. Prior to her faculty position, Buzzeo was a visiting research scientist at Columbia University’s nanocenter and a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology, in the laboratory of Prof. Jacqueline K. Barton (BC ’74). Marisa completed her graduate studies in physical chemistry at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. Richard G. Compton. Her research program at Barnard is focused on the use of electrochemical techniques to examine fundamental properties and potential sensing applications of naturally redox-active biological systems. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Foundation, the Sally Chapman Fund, and a Barnard College Presidential Research Award.


8:30 PM @ Evelyn Drinkery


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