Matt Dent

Email: 
mdent@chem.wisc.edu

Education

B.S. in Chemistry, 2014, James Madison University

Research Description

Matt hails from the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he received a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University. At JMU, he studied the synthesis and characterization of metal-organic framework materials under the supervision of Professor Barbara Reisner. Matt developed an interest in bioinorganic chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, where he worked with Professor Seth Cohen to develop metalloenzyme inhibitors as an Amgen Scholar during the summer of 2013. As a member of the Burstyn group from the inorganic pathway, Matt is interested in understanding how changes in metal coordination environment influence the function and dynamics of heme-thiolate proteins. He utilizes a variety of spectroscopic techniques, including electronic absorption, resonance Raman, electron paramagnetic resonance, and fluorescence anisotropy, in addition to computational methods. Outside of the lab, Matt stays active by playing ultimate frisbee and racquetball. His favorite activities include cooking, watching football and hockey (Go Badgers!), and jamming to live music.

Publications

Bowman, H.E.; Dent, M.R.; Burstyn, J.N. "Met104 is the CO-replaceable Ligand at Fe(II) Heme in the CO-sensing Transcription Factor BxRcoM-1" J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 2016. 1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s00775-016-1368-5

Conference Presentations

Bowman, H.E.; Dent, M.R.; Burstyn, J.N. “Met104 is the CO-Replaceable Ligand at the Fe(II) Heme in the CO-Sensing Transcription Factor BxRcoM-1” (poster). 2016 Bioinorganic Workshop, June 3-10 2016, Penn State University, Department of Chemistry, State College, PA

Bowman, H.E.; Dent, M.R.; Burstyn, J.N. “Met104 is the CO-Replaceable Ligand at the Fe(II) Heme in the CO-Sensing Transcription Factor BxRcoM-1” (poster). Principles of EPR Training Workshop, August 11-13 2015, National Biomedical EPR Center, Milwaukee, WI.

Awards and Other Distinctions

NIH Predoctoral Trainee in Molecular Biophysics, 2016-2018

Honarable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2015 and 2016