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:

Protein Self-Labeling with Halo, SNAP, and CLIP Tagging

We all know the impact fluorescent proteins have had in advancing cell biology. Although fluorescent proteins have revolutionized the field, they aren’t perfect and like all things research, they have their limitations. If you’re looking for a genetic tool with superior fluorescent properties, or one that allows you to introduce a variety of labels into…

23 Jan 2018 Protein Expression & Analysis

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