When Two Worlds Collide
What is the chemical nature of thought? What is memory? Why, over 2000 years since Aristotle first asked such questions, are we still searching? We live and work in very exciting times, and I’m thrilled to be using all tools at my disposal to reach for the answers.
Jonathan Sweedler |
My home department is Chemistry, and most people recognize analytical chemistry as my specialty. At the University of Illinois, many professors work in multiple areas, and I take advantage of this. I currently have appointments in the area of Chemical Biology, the Departments of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Bioengineering, and the Neuroscience Program. My group is also diverse in terms of students. I currently have fourteen PhD students; most are working for degrees in chemistry with an emphasis on analytical chemistry or chemical biology, three are working towards degrees in physiology, and another two in neuroscience. Two students are participants in the university’s MD/PhD program, earning their PhD while attending medical school. When it comes to our research focus, the group uses analytical chemistry to develop new technologies that we may then use to answer neuroscience-related questions.
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