Liz Welch

Postdoctoral Associate
PhD - Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell
BA - Chemistry, Saint Olaf College
Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, WI

Structured gels from clickable synthetic polypeptides

Classical polymer networks, in particular hydrated and solvated crosslinked gels, are typically derived from random covalently crosslinked polymer backbones.  Most systematic studies of such systems involve the generation of structures with an effective mesh size that is molecular in nature in a traditional chemically crosslinked system.  Our focus is to construct highly controlled polymeric networks consisting of rigid rod alpha-helical or polypeptides functionalized with short functional groups that impart solubility, charge, chelating, or ligand groups, and responsive behavior to the network system with modular levels of control.