Spectroscopy Magazine's Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award
Megan Thielges, Indiana University
Megan Thielges received her B.S. (summa cum laude) in biochemistry at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) in 2003. She earned a Ph.D. in biophysics in 2009 from The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) under the direction of Professor Floyd E. Romesberg and then pursued postdoctoral training in multidimensional IR spectroscopy with Professor Michael D. Fayer at Stanford University. She joined the faculty at Indiana University as an assistant professor in 2012. Her research program focuses on developing linear and multidimensional infrared spectroscopy in combination with methods of biochemistry and chemical biology for placing vibrational probe groups at specific sites to map out the conformations and dynamics throughout proteins with atomic spatial resolution and picosecond temporal resolution. Her group is applying the approach to elucidate the functional role of protein conformations and dynamics in fundamental cellular processes, including metabolism, signaling, and photosynthesis.
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