Emily Dunkelberger

Research Chemist, Lab of Chemical Physics, NIDDK, NIH


Emily’s primary research project in the Zanni group involves using site-specific isotope labeling and 2D IR to study human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) and potential inhibitors to peptide folding. Other interests include studying rat islet amyloid polypeptide (rIAPP) on membrane surfaces and trying to understand deamidation of amyloid peptides.

Emily is originally from Peoria, IL, and earned a B. S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2007. While at Michigan State she spent time in David Weliky and Gavin Reid’s group learning about solid-phase peptide synthesis and using isotope-labeling techniques for both NMR and MS measurements.

Besides watching the exciting kinetics of peptide folding, Emily enjoys reading her Kindle, playing Ultimate Frisbee, using her Cricut, and cooking with friends. She also gets a kick out of cheering for her alma mater in Madison.

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