Who is Theresa Gaines?


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My name is Theresa Gaines; I am a fourth-year PhD Candidate at Georgia State University, specializing in organic chemistry with a focus on small molecule synthesis for medicinal purposes. I entered into Georgia State's graduate program in the fall of 2012 after I completed my B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame with a minor in Russian language and literature. In 2013 I became a fellow in the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program which has funded most of my graduate career. My current research in Dr. Mooring's lab focuses on creating a new class of novel small molecules that could potentially be used as anti-cancer drugs by slowing down metastasis for patients with metastatic cancer. Please feel free read more about my research in on this website.

Aside from my research, I am actively teaching through Georgia State University's Bio-Bus program which operates through the biology department. The Bio-Bus is a mobile laboratory that services K-12 schools to teach science. We are an NIH funded program; so we are a free service for any teachers, summer camps, libraries, or even families and home school groups who would like us to swing by. Through the GAANN fellowship, I have been teaching K-12 students about DNA, acids and bases, states of matter, biotechnology and forensics, gel electrophoresis and geoscience (the list could go on and on) since May 2013. I have also had the opportunity to develop my own lesson plan and activities to pilot on the Bio-Bus program about Sound and Waves. This lesson is on track to be completed by December 2015, and I also have a foundation to do another lesson complete with hands on activity about Light and Waves. 

In addition to teaching in primary and secondary schools, I have had the opportunity to teach families in libraries about DNA as well as teach K-12 science teachers via workshops about DNA and dilutions (in order to prepare for a PCR experiment). I am currently a working as a TA, for Dr. Mooring in her flipped classroom for Organic Chemistry I. 

Since starting my graduate program, I have had the opportunity to present my research at several local, regional and national meetings and conferences including the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Conference, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) National Conference, the South East Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS), and annual local presentations at Georgia State University's chemistry graduate research symposium. 

My research interests include: small molecule synthesis, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, chemistry education, and informal science education. 

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