Ariel Alperstein


Ariel is currently working on the biochemistry side of the group, studying cataract formation using 2D IR spectroscopy with dissected animal lenses.

Before attending graduate school, Ariel studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she received a B.A. in Chemistry and minored in Fiction Writing. At Skidmore, Ariel worked in Dr. Kelly Sheppard’s lab, where she investigated a two-step indirect pathway for Asn-tRNAAsn formation in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus that took advantage of a non-discriminating aspartyl-tRNA synthetase.

Outside of lab, Ariel enjoys playing on a dodgeball team and a softball team, doing yoga, visiting the farmers’ market, and reading mystery novels. 

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