McNulty Scholar Ashley Frankenfield received a B.S. in Chemical Biology and a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance when she graduated last Saturday.
While on campus, she conducted ongoing research in the laboratory of chemistry professor Jose Cerda, Ph.D., studying the thermodynamics of fluoride-binding within myoglobin, hemoglobin and horseradish peroxidase. Specifically, she looked at how heavy metals affected the ability of fluoride to bind within the heme pocket. She presented this work at both the 2018 American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, and this past April at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Orlando, FL.
Ashley served as a Teaching Assistant for General Chemistry I and II Labs, and served as the Treasurer of the SJU chapter of the national Sigma Zeta Honor Society. She was a participant in the Dean’s Leadership Program. Ashley has also been a very active member of the McNulty Program community, coordinating our annual activity for the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science (PAGES) mini-conference and serving as a member of the McNulty Student Leadership Committee. She was always focused on planning social gatherings and dinners for the women in the program.
This summer, after completing work at Bristol Myers Squibb as a Resilience Intern, Ashley will move to Washington D.C., where she will pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry at George Washington University. She hopes to focus her studies on bioanalytical or medicinal chemistry, ultimately resulting in a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Many many congratulations, Ashley!