Veronika Szalai, Ph.D.

Energy Research Group National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, United States 
Metrologies for Nanobiomaterials in Artificial Photosynthesis
"Veronika Szalai"

Veronika Szalai is a Project Leader in the Energy Research Group. She received an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Yale University. Her thesis work centered on biophysical measurements of water oxidation chemistry in natural photosynthesis. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veronika spent several years on the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During that time, she and her group elucidated the biophysical chemistry of copper in Alzheimer’s disease fibrils, investigated the effects of DNA condensation on DNA oxidation processes, and developed methods to create quadruplex-based DNA materials. Veronika joined the CNST in 2010, and is leading projects focused on the fabrication of biomimetic nanostructures and on fundamental measurements of nanobiomaterials for artificial photosynthesis applications.

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Gary W. Brudvig grad student 1998 Yale
 (Characterization of the interaction between manganese and tyrosine Z in acetate-inhibited photosystem II)
H. Holden Thorp post-doc UNC Chapel Hill
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Talin AA, Centrone A, Ford AC, et al. (2014) Tunable electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework thin-film devices. Science (New York, N.Y.). 343: 66-9
Mendez MA, Szalai VA. (2013) Synapsable quadruplex-mediated fibers. Nanoscale Research Letters. 8: 210
Mendez MA, Szalai VA. (2009) Fluorescence of unmodified oligonucleotides: A tool to probe G-quadruplex DNA structure Biopolymers. 91: 841-850
Evans SE, Mendez MA, Turner KB, et al. (2007) End-stacking of copper cationic porphyrins on parallel-stranded guanine quadruplexes. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry : Jbic : a Publication of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 12: 1235-49
Gore MR, Szalai VA, Ropp PA, et al. (2003) Detection of attomole quantities [correction of quantitites] of DNA targets on gold microelectrodes by electrocatalytic nucleobase oxidation. Analytical Chemistry. 75: 6586-92
Szalai VA, Singer MJ, Thorp HH. (2002) Site-specific probing of oxidative reactivity and telomerase function using 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine in telomeric DNA. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 124: 1625-31
Szalai VA, Jayawickamarajah J, Thorp HH. (2002) Electrocatalysis of guanine oxidation in polyethylene glycol solutions: The interplay of adsorption and reaction rate Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 106: 709-716
Reifler MJ, Szalai VA, Peterson CN, et al. (2001) Effects of tail-like substituents on the binding of competitive inhibitors to the Q(B) site of photosystem II. Journal of Molecular Recognition : Jmr. 14: 157-65
Baik MH, Silverman JS, Yang IV, et al. (2001) Using density functional theory to design DNA base analogues with low oxidation potentials Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 105: 6437-6444
Szalai VA, Thorp HH. (2000) Electrocatalysis of guanine electron transfer: New insights from submillimeter carbon electrodes Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 104: 6851-6859
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