Kacie Rich


Kacie currently utilizes 2D-IR spectroscopy to study the behavior of human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP). She is interested in the aggregation behavior of the peptide with membranes and studying the aggregation of mutant hIAPP strands.

Kacie moved to Madison after receiving her B.S. in chemistry in 2013 from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. While at St. John Fisher, she worked with Dr. Kimberly Chichester and Dr. Irene Kimaru on developed a Raman spectroscopy method for analyzing compounded pharamceuticals for active ingredient concentrations. She also spent a summer at Penn State University working with Dr. Mark Maroncelli exploring the behavior of a molecular rotor probe, 9-(2-carboxy-2-cyanovinyl)julolidine or CCVJ, in a flowing system using UV and fluorescence spectroscopy.

When outside the lab, Kacie enjoys attending UW sporting events, any outdoor activities (especially those involving snow), and baking. She also loves going to diners looking for a great breakfast!

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