Anna Carin Carisson

Anna Carin Carisson AnnaCarinCarlssonjoined Dr. P. Shing Ho’s group in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in early August as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for one year. Her research is focused on studying halogen bonds in proteins. Halogen bonds are interactions between electron donors (e.g., nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur) and electropositive halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine). An understanding of biomolecular halogen bonds is particularly important in medicinal chemistry, and in the development of new pharmaceuticals.

Anna grew up in the small town of Degerfors in Sweden. In 2001, she earned her Swedish M. Sc. degree in Chemistry from Uppsala University. As an undergraduate chemistry student, in mainly organic chemistry, biochemistry, and medicinal chemistry, she spent a significant time studying abroad. Anna was an exchange student at the University of Sussex, UK for six months, and carried out her M. Sc. thesis project in organic and medicinal chemistry at Monash University, Australia. Before she started her graduate studies, she worked a few years at the former Swedish pharmaceutical company Biovitrum as a synthetic chemist.

For her graduate studies, Anna investigated halogen bonds, the so called [NXN]+ halogen bonds, in small molecules in solution with Dr. Máté Erdélyi in the Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg. She also did a six-month research visit at Villanova University, USA, studying the symmetry of halonium ions with Dr. Brian K. Ohta. After earning her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, with an emphasis on medicinal chemistry, from the University of Gothenburg in 2012, she continued to study the [NXN]+ halogen bonds in the Erdélyi group as a postdoctoral researcher. Since her Ph.D. defense, she has gone on two short research visits, both in Canada; one in biochemistry at the University of British Columbia, and the other in physical-organic chemistry at Queen’s University.

Anna has a genuine interest in chemistry, especially in fields where chemistry meets biology. Working in international environments, travelling all over the world, and learning about other cultures are also her passions. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and two daughters. So far they all love Colorado, the amazing Rockies, and Fort Collins’s friendly atmosphere.

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