Chemistry Seminar: Kelly Chacón, Ph.D. "A Tellurium-rich Tenure Talk"

 Kelly Chacón is an Assistant Professor of chemistry at Reed College. She was a high school dropout who proudly received her GED at Clatsop Community College eight years later, then moved on to Mt Hood Community College before catching the chemistry bug and earning a B.S. with latin and departmental honors at Portland State University. She moved on to Oregon Health & Science University where she specialized in the bioinorganic chemistry of copper, and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2015. She joined Reed College in fall of 2015. In her spare time she watches Adventure Time, tries to cook elaborate recipes, rides her BMX (Magdalena), and can be found constantly listening to music.

A Tellurium-rich Tenure Talk

Abstract: The discovery of tellurium-resistant (TeR) bacteria has led to the identification of a plasmid-encoded tellurium-resistance operon. There is a large gap in our knowledge of structure and function of the proteins expressed from the TeR genes. Furthermore, a paucity of information exists on the biochemical role of Te, despite its similarity to the other essential chalcogens (oxygen, sulfur, and selenium). The soluble anions tellurite (TeO3[2-]) and tellurate (TeO4[2-]) are xenobiotic compounds. Little is understood about the biochemistry of their toxicity and efflux. Bacteria must contend with exposure to non-essential toxic metals and expend energy toward rapid detoxification, and many have developed resistance to Te. Dr. Kelly N. Chacón will discuss her approach to this and other fundamental bioinorganic questions and also discuss her journey through the tenure track at beautiful Reed College. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:15pm to 5:00pm

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