Position title: Graduate Student, Chemistry, College of Letters and Science
8361 Daniels Chemistry Bldg
1101 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706
BA 2014 Chemistry, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Ariel Alperstein is a graduate student in Dr. Martin Zanni’s group in UW-Madison’s Department of Chemistry. She is working on a project which builds upon previous group research in cataracts. This research studied yD-crystallin, a protein found in cataracts that has been shown to form amyloid fibers in vitro, using two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D IR). Alperstein’s current project focuses on studying both healthy and cataractous lens tissues in her 2D IR setup, with the hypothesis that regular Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is not sensitive enough to reveal amyloid fibers in lens tissues.