Madeleine Roberts

Position title: Graduate Student


Joined in: 2018
B.A. Chemistry, 2018, Kalamazoo College
Office: 5207

Madeleine grew up in metro-Detroit and extended her time in the Mitten to attend undergrad at Kalamazoo College. While at “K” she interned with Ford Motor Company Research and Development, taught introductory chemistry discussion sections, and participated in the college’s dance company. Madeleine especially enjoyed being a member of “Sisters in Science”, where she was able to mentor elementary school aged girls to help foster their interest in STEM fields. She completed synthetic inorganic chemical research under the direction of Dr. Thomas Smith. She studied the intricacies of an interesting redox reaction involving a small-ring organic macrocycle and Cu(II)Br2, beginning her interest in inorganic spectroscopy. Madeleine had the amazing opportunity to study abroad at the American University of Rome in Rome, Italy during her junior year of undergraduate, where she was able to study archaeology, Italian history, and medieval art. Eager to travel as widely as possible through Italy and Europe, she made trips to Austria, Romania, Denmark, and the UK, but she was glad to come home to Kalamazoo and continue her studies in chemistry. Madeleine graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.

Madeleine belongs to the inorganic pathway and is working to structurally characterize RcoM, a CO-sensing transcriptional regulator from Paraburkholderia xenovorans. She is currently working towards identifying the DNA binding site and studying the interaction between the DNA binding site of RcoM and DNA using biophysical techniques.

In her free time, Madeleine enjoys watching BBC dramas, baking for her friends and group members, and exploring Madison’s food scene.