Saint Louis University

Faculty Biography

Dana Baum, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Contact Information

204 Monsanto Hall
314-977-2842
dbaum1@slu.edu

Career History

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Saint Louis University, (2014-Present)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Saint Louis University (2008-2014)
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006-2008)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005-2006)

Education

University of Kentucky, Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2005
Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. in Chemistry (cum laude), 1999

Research

Research in the Baum lab focuses on using functional nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) in a variety of applications. RNA and DNA are well-known for their coding roles within a cell, but in recent years, new activities for nucleic acids have been discovered outside of the cell. Of interest for our group are the binding and catalytic abilities of nucleic acids, particularly DNA. Nucleic acids that have the ability to bind a particular ligand (ranging from small molecules, to proteins and even whole cells) with high affinity and high specificity are called aptamers. Aptamers can be used as recognition elements in analytical applications. RNA and DNA with catalytic abilities are called ribozymes and deoxyribozymes, respectively. These catalytic nucleic acids can be used for signaling and could replace protein enzymes in certain applications. Our goal is to identify new activities for nucleic acids and to utilize these new aptamers and nucleic acid enzymes in studies touching the areas of biochemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and nanotechnology.

 

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