Student NameElisabeth Osorio Pina Rodrigues
Faculty Mentor NameDr. Alexander Angerhofer
CollegeLiberal Arts and Sciences
MajorBiochemistry and Linguistics
Research InterestsProtein Film Voltammetry, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, Enzymatic Mechanisms
Academic AwardsSummer Undergraduate International Research Program Scholarship 2019; Dean’s List Spring 2018, Fall 2018; Anderson Scholar - Highest Distinction Oct 2018; Intermediate German Award Apr 2018; Named to President’s Honor Roll Apr 2017, Aug 2017, Apr 2018; National Merit Scholar 2016
OrganizationsRed Cross Gators, J.O.Y. , Conversation Partner Program at the UF English Language Institute,
Hobbies and InterestsLanguage learning, volunteering, playing the violin, swing dancing, biking, and swimming.

Research Project

Exploring the Enzymatic Mechanism of Oxalate Decarboxylase through its Electrochemistry

Oxalate Decarboxylase is a fascinating metalloenzyme whose exact mechanism of action is both intriguing and elusive. My research focuses on using electrochemistry, specifically protein film voltammetry, to learn more about this protein’s electron transfer mechanism. Protein film voltammetry involves affixing the enzyme to an electrode surface and using a potentiostat to measure the protein’s electrochemical properties, such as each metal centers’ reduction potential. This may provide more information about how the protein interacts with substrate and transfers electrons to perform catalysis.