Molecular Biophysics Graduate Student
Major Professor: Dr. Debi Fadool
Lab: 3002 KIN (King Biological Science)
My interests lie in translational science as it relates to biophysical neuroscience, from experimental design and implementation to product development and biotechnology startups. I am a graduate student in Dr. Debra Fadool’s laboratory and my thesis research focuses on the development and application of peptide bound nanoparticles as novel drug delivery molecules to aid in targeting and tracking following delivery. Dr. Fadool’s laboratory studies the connection between olfaction and metabolism and our target is a voltage-gated potassium channel with implications in metabolic disorders.
Florida State University, Molecular Biophysics Ph.D. Program, August 2011 – Present
Florida State University, Masters of Business Administration (MBA), August 2012 – Present
Clemson University, Physics B.S., Entrepreneurship Minor, August 2007 – May 2011
East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Australia Fellowship, Summer 2016
Synthesis of Novel Drug Delivery Molecules for In-Vivo Tracking and Targeting
National Science Foundation (NSF)
3-Minute Thesis: Peoples Choice Award, November 2015
Florida State University
Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA), August 2015 – August 2018
Magnetic Targeting to a Modulator of Metabolism in the Olfactory Bulb
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Bryan Robinson Fellowship, May 2014
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Florida State University Legacy Fellowship, 2011 – 2016
Florida State University
Schwartz, A., Kapur, A., Wang, W., Huang, Z., Fardone, E., Palui, G., Mattoussi, H., Fadool, D.A. 2016. Margatoxin-bound quantum dots as a novel inhibitor
of the voltage-gated ion channel Kv1.3. Journal of Neurochemistry.
*Velez, P., *Schwartz, A., Iyer, S. Fadool, D.A. 2016. Regulation of Kv1.3 channel current density by the ubiquitin ligase Nedd4-2. Journal of Neurophysiology
Spear J., Al Koborssy D., Schwartz A., Johnson A., Audhya J., Fadool D., Stagg S. 2015. Efficient endoplasmic reticulum export of the voltage-gated potassium
channel Kv1.3 relies upon a C-terminal acidic motif and the COPII cargo adaptor subunit Sec24a-b isoforms. BMC Biochemistry 16:16.
Nemzer, L.R., Schwartz A., Epstein, A.J. 2010. Enzyme entrapment in reprecipitated polyaniline nano- and microparticles. Macromolecules 43 (9): 4324-4330.
(*) Authors contributed equally.