Dr. Jessica Torres

Jessica has a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from North Carolina State University and is now a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Kansas. Here, she makes some cool compounds and helps young scientists reach their goals through teaching grant writing. Jessica loves getting lost in a book series, editing for science, and visiting new places.

Articles by Dr. Jessica Torres:

The Seven Top Benefits of Starting Grad School Early

Your grad school acceptance letter finally came in the mail. Congrats, that’s no small thing to accomplish! You did your happy dance, but then it hit you: Grad school in the fall is a reality and things in your life are going to change. So now you’re wondering how to fill those awkward months between…

12 Jun 2017 Career Development & Networking

To Run or to Fly: A Comparison Between HPLC and GC

Many chemical compounds, including drugs and metabolites, can be analyzed by either gas chromatography (GC) or high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Because both techniques function under the same basic principles of compound separation, identification, and quantification, it can sometimes be tricky to choose one over the other. But knowing what differentiates HPLC and GC can definitely…

14 Nov 2016 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques

How Taking Time Off Can Prepare You For Grad School

Halfway through college I decided I wanted to go to grad school. But for a little while, I entertained the idea of taking time off after graduation. So, I asked around for advice – I wanted to cover all my bases before committing to another five years of school. But with what I know now,…

12 Sep 2016 Personal Development

How Separation Works in Column Chromatography Methods

Separation in column chromatography relies on differences. Molecules vary in size, charge, polarity, and solubility. We leverage these differences to distribute molecules between a stationary phase and a mobile phase. But because molecules are so different, it’s not possible to have a single method that works for all. In my previous article I discussed the…

29 Aug 2016 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques

The Basics of Running a Chromatography Column

Column chromatography is a common technique used to separate individual compounds from a mixture. You can use column chromatography on both a small or large scale to isolate and purify material for use on a later experiment. If you are new to column chromatography or just want a refresher, then read on for a quick…

15 Aug 2016 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques

Carrying You Through Gas Chromatography

Maybe you found a paper in which they used gas chromatography (GC) to analyze a sample that is similar to yours and now you are wondering if you should try it too. If you are hesitant because you know little about GC, then this article will help you with that. You may already know that…

09 Jul 2016 Analytical Chemistry and Chromatography Techniques