The Nilsson Group

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Professor Bradley Nilsson

Principal Investigator (2006-)
nilsson@chem.rochester.edu
Curriculum Vitae
  • Ph.D. (2003), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. (1998), Brigham Young University
  • B.S. (1996), Brigham Young University
Bradley Nilsson conducted PhD studies in organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Professor Ronald T. Raines studying methodology for the chemoselective ligation of peptides. He subsequently completed postdoctoral research in synthetic organic chemistry with Professor Larry E. Overman at the University of California, Irvine. He joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rochester in 2006. The Nilsson group is interested in molecular recognition and self-assembly phenomena of peptides and proteins leading to amyloid and in the development of amyloid-inspired materials and therapeutics.

Jade Welch

Graduate Student (2013-)
jwelch16@ur.rochester.edu
  • B.A. Chemistry (2013), Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
  • M.S. Chemistry (2015), University of Rochester, Department of Chemistry
Jade Welch grew up in the small town of Arcade, NY. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Buffalo State College in 2013 where she worked on the synthesis of Indian Yellow. Jade now studies the assembly of amphipathic peptides and disulfide-constrained peptides for applications in biological systems.

Brittany Abraham

Graduate Student (2017-)
babraha3@ur.rochester.edu
  • B.S. Chemistry (2017), State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
  • M.S. Chemistry (2019), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Brittany grew up in Spencerport, NY and received her B.S. in Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo in 2017. She began her graduate studies at the University of Rochester in 2017. Brittany's current research focus is on the synthesis and characterization of small molecule hydrogelators.

Elena Quigley

Graduate Student (2017-)
equigle3@ur.rochester.edu
  • B.S. Biochem. (2017), State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
  • M.S. Chemistry (2019), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Elena grew up in Hilton, NY and received a B.S. in Biochemistry with a focus in chemistry at the State University of New York at Fredonia. In her time there she studied nematode pheromone structure with an emphasis on NMR spectroscopy. Elena now studies the self assembly of small molecules and amphipathic peptides into hydrogels.

Melissa Jagrosse

Graduate Student (2018-)
mjagross@ur.rochester.edu
  • B.S. Chemistry (2018), Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
  • B.S. Biology (2018), Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Melissa grew up in West Haven, CT and received a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University. During her undergraduate career, she actively participated in research projects in the fields of mammalogy, paleontology and organic synthesis. Melissa's current research involves the development of macrocyclic peptides for the facilitation of siRNA delivery. In addition to being a graduate student, Melissa is a dedicated CrossFit athlete, training at CrossFit RSG 6 days per week.

Francine Yanchik

Graduate Student (2018-)
fyanchik@ur.rochester.edu
  • B.S. Biochem (2018), Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY
Francine, originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, spent the majority of her life in Syracuse, NY. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in History from Le Moyne College in 2018. She began her graduate studies at the University of Rochester in 2018. Francine now studies peptides for aggregation of blood platelets along with self assembly of amyloid-like peptides.

Ethan Toriki

Undergraduate Student (2018-)
Ethan was born in Mililani, Hawaii, and is pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Rochester. He is currently studying the synthesis of cationic Fmoc-Phe hydrogels and their controlled release properties with Brittany Abraham.