Dr. Janet R. Morrow, Chemistry
Dr. Morrow completed her B.S. in chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and then received a National Science Foundation Award to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bordeaux. On her return to the states, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. She then joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo, where she currently holds the rank of professor. Morrow’s research interests are in the field of bioinorganic chemistry. Current projects include the development of transition metal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. Her group recently published the first examples of paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer MRI contrast agents based on divalent iron, cobalt and nickel. These smart contrast agents are responsive to pH, temperature, or redox status of tissue. A second interest lies in the interaction of metal ions with DNA and RNA. Her work in this area describes the selective binding of zinc complexes to non-canonical thymines in bulges, loops and in G-quadruplex DNA. Additional research interests are in optical sensing that uses luminescent lanthanide complexes and optical sensors for the detection of iron in cells. Morrow’s research received recognition from the National Science Foundation by way of the Special Award for Creativity and the American Chemical Society who awarded her the Schoellkopf Medal in 2014. Her teaching interests include bioinorganic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and general chemistry. She is also the director of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the UB chemistry department.