Welcome to Wooley's Group
The Karen L. Wooley Laboratory, October 2011 (from left to right)
(Front Row) Dr. Jeffery E. Raymond, Fuwu Zhang, Dr. Jiong Zou, Dr. Guorong Sun, Sangho Cho, Danielle M. Policarpio, Stephanie Florez, Sandani Samarajeewa, Ritu Shrestha, Lily Yun Lin
(Second Row) Dr. Koichiro Mikami, Dr. Mahmoud F. A. El Sabahy, Gyu Seong Heo, Young H. Lim, Adriana Pavia
(Third Row) Joseph A. Knight, Keven A. Pollack, Alexander T. Lonnecker, Kenton R. Rauwerdink, Samantha Kristufek, Jennifer M. Streff
(Back Row) Ang Li, Professor Karen L. Wooley, Kellie Seetho, Shiyi Zhang, Ryan Zentay, Phil M. Imbesi
Our research interests are focused broadly upon the design, synthesis and characterization of unique polymers, with emphasis upon the development of synthetic methodologies that allow for the preparation of complex nanostructured materials. Just as typical synthetic chemists prepare molecules of specific stereochemistry and connectivity, using natural products as the targets to exercise their craft, we are identifying nanoscopic natural products, e.g. viral capsids, lipoproteins, and even dolphin skin, as synthetic targets. We do not attempt, however, to synthesize exactly these structures, but rather, to produce synthetic materials that capture the basic structural and functional elements.