The Chemistry Department extends its hearty congratulations to Karen Olsen, who recently successfully completed the defense of her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Mechanism and Conformational Dynamics of the Yeast Isoprenylcysteine Carboxyl Methyltransferase, Ste14p.” After graduating as a chemistry major from Sewanee in 2010, Karen enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Purdue University and joined the lab of Professor Christine Hrycyna in the Department of Chemistry to study biochemical processes. Karen will be moving to a post-doctoral fellowship at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia this summer.
Asked about the role Sewanee played in her career path so far, Karen replied “My undergraduate training at Sewanee gave me an excellent chemistry background, provided heartfelt mentoring and support, and encouraged me to pursue my scientific curiosity in graduate school. The chemistry faculty at Sewanee are dedicated to providing excellent scientific scholarship and are devoted to making their students into able scientists. It's a wonderful atmosphere to learn chemistry!”
We are very proud of Karen and wish her the best of success in all that comes in the future!