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Teresa A. Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the Faculty

Professor Garrett’s research involves the biochemistry, structure and biosynthesis of lipids in Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. Currently, she is investigating how E. coli make two minor lipids, N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine and acyl-phosphatidylglycerol. Student researchers are welcome and will learn to grow and manipulate E. coli and other Gram-negative bacteria, extract and purify lipids from cells, analyze lipids with mass spectrometry and probe for new enzyme activities.

  • BS, Florida State University; PhD, Duke University
  • At Vassar since 2007

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Professor Garrett earned a BS degree in biochemistry from Florida State University in 1994. She received a PhD in biochemistry from Duke University in 1998. Following a five-year hiatus to be full-time with her two daughters she had a post-doctoral position at Duke University. This work included participation in the NIH-funded, large-scale collaborative LIPID MAPS (lipidmaps.org). She joined the Vassar faculty in 2007.

Her research involves the biochemistry, structure and biosynthesis of lipids in Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. Currently, she is investigating how E. coli make two minor lipids, I-acylphosphatidylethanolamine and acyl-phosphatidylglycerol. Student researchers are welcome and will learn to grow and manipulate E. coli and other Gram-negative bacteria, extract and purify lipids from cells, analyze lipids with mass spectrometry and probe for new enzyme activities.

Professor Garrett teaches General Chemistry (Chem 108/109), Chemical Principles (Chem 125), Biochemistry (Chem/Biol 272) and Protein Chemistry (Chem 323).



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