Graduate Research Highlights

April 2023: Elizabeth Kras

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Elizabeth Kras, 6th-year PhD student in Dr. Morrow's lab

Notable recent achievements

  • Pinti, J.C.*; Kras, E.A.*; Patel, A.; Schrier, C.L.; Stoj, C.S.; Morrow, J.R. Magnetization of Yeast by Labeling with Iron Complexes: An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment. J. Chem. Educ. 2022, 99, 11, 3752 – 3756.
    * = these authors contributed equally.
  • Kras, E.A.; Snyder, E.M.; Sokolow, G.E.; Morrow, J.R. Distinct Coordination Chemistry of Fe(III)-Based MRI Probes. Acc. Chem. Res. 2022, 55, 10, 1435 – 1444.
  • Kras, E.A.; Abozeid, S.M.; Eduard, W.; Spernyak, J.A.; Morrow, J.R. Comparison of phosphonate, hydroxypropyl and carboxylate pendants in Fe(III) macrocyclic complexes as MRI contrast agents. J. Inorg. Biochem. 2021, 225, 111594.

Research highlight

My research is focuses on the design and development of novel iron (III) macrocyclic compounds for use at T1 MRI contrast agents. Currently, I am focused on studying how changing a single coordinating pendant effects the relaxivity of these compounds by using variable field strength NMR and MRI.

I enjoy being a part of such a welcoming and cooperative department. I feel whether it’s another graduate student or faculty, everyone is willing to talk with you and help out where they can. I have also made some of my best friends through fellow students in the department.

Outside of the lab I enjoy playing dungeons and dragons, doing puzzles, and watching ice hockey as often as I can. 

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

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