Say Hello to the Newest Member of the Fourches Lab: Bethany

December 9, 2016

Bethany Cook

Chemistry Graduate Student, NC State, Raleigh, NC

B.S. in Chemistry with a Minor in Physics and Mathematics, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Asheville, NC





What is your current research project in the Fourches Lab?


Currently, I am working on two different projects.  My long term project is looking into the potency of ligands on kinase to see if combining two different ligands could potentially increase potency for a new larger ligand.  My short term project is looking into Ara h 2, a peanut allergen, to see if any polyphenols block the IgE binding.


Where did you go for undergrad? What research projects did you work on there?


I went to UNC Asheville for my undergrad experience and worked on two main projects (1)  used Atomic Absorption to analyze the levels of calcium, iron, and zinc in prenatal vitamins (2) Hydrogen generation over a stepped catalytic surface.


Why did you decide to pursue a PhD in chemistry? Why NC State?


I have always loved chemistry; to me chemistry is a physical form of math that allows me to hold and manipulate it.  Growing up I never thought much about NC State but I feel that the Pack has chosen me.  I never fully decided on NC State until I met the people.  Everyone reminded me about the family I had at UNCA, so I knew NC State was for me.


What has been your favorite part of the program so far? 


My favorite part about the program so far have been the challenges that continue to push me each and everyday.  Through each challenge I have the honor of having great team members to help me along the way.


Why do you love living in Raleigh?


I love how I can be in the heart of North Carolina but still feel like I am in my hometown, where we were mostly known for having the nearest airport.




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