About Me

About Me


Education:

B.S. in Chemistry from Furman University

Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Experience:

Biology/chemistry teacher at Arlington Catholic High School in Boston, MA

Chemistry/physical science teacher at Irmo High School (also served as the Science Department Chair for three years)

Magnet Director at Spring Valley High School beginning in 2010


Research Experience:

Undergraduate research at Furman University in synthetic chemistry/biochemistry

Graduate research at Caltech with Dr. Peter Dervan; Thesis: "Sequence-Specific Recognition of DNA by Pyrrole-Imidazole Hairpin Polyamides"

Post-Doctoral Research at MIT with Dr. Robert Langer; DNA delivery system


Publications*:

1. Mrksich, M., Parks, M.E. and Dervan, P.B. (1994). Hairpin Peptide Motif - a New Class of Oligopeptides for Sequence-Specific Recognition in the Minor- Groove of Double-Helical DNA. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 116, 7983-7988.

2. Cho, J.Y., Parks, M.E. and Dervan, P.B. (1995) Cyclic Polyamides for Recognition in the Minor-Groove of DNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 92, 10389-10392.

3. Parks, M.E., Baird, E.E. and Dervan, P.B. (1996) Recognition of 5'-(A,T)GG(A,T)(2)-3' sequences in the minor groove of DNA by hairpin polyamides. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 118, 6153-6159.

4. Parks, M.E., Baird, E.E. and Dervan, P.B. (1996) Optimization of the hairpin polyamide design for recognition of the minor groove of DNA. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 118, 6147-6152.

5. Parks, M.E. and Dervan, P.B. (1996) Simultaneous binding of a polyamide dimer and an oligonucleotide in the minor and major grooves of DNA. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 4, 1045-1050.

*My maiden name was Michelle E. Parks.

Personal Info:

I am happily married and have two energetic young boys. We love to camp, hike, and spend time outdoors as a family. In fact, we did the Table Rock trail (~7 miles RT, ~2,000 ft elevation gain) when our boys were only 4 and 8 years old! I also enjoy running, swimming, cooking, and gardening.

Dr. Wyatt and family at Table Rock trail
Dr. Wyatt and family at Table Rock trail

Taking a break on Governor's Rock on the way up the Table Rock trail

Dr. Wyatt and family at Yellowstone National Park

My family at Artist's Point in Yellowstone National Park