"The goal of the biophysical chemist is to provide physical explanations for the ways in which important biological systems function. Techniques needed to reach this goal are drawn from many disciplines including chemistry, physics, and biology." -Yale Department of Chemistry
Elizabeth R. Middleton received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2006, where she double-majored in biophysical chemistry and political theory. Dr. Middleton received her Ph.D. from Yale University in biophyiscal chemistry in 2011, where she researched the Parkinson's disease protein α-Synuclein using single molecule fluorescence techniques with Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades. Dr. Middleton joined the chemistry board of study at Purchase College in 2011, where she teaches general chemistry, biochemistry, and the science of food safety.
Dr. Middleton's research focuses on the membrane interactions of the antimicrobial peptide Maximin 3 using a variety of fluorescence techniques, including FRET, fluorescence anisotropy, and fluorescence microscopy. She is also interested in developing fluorescence-based labs for biochemistry and general chemistry and providing research opportunities for undergraduates.