Curriculum Vitae


University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA - 2008-2013
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Biology Graduate Program, GPA: 4.0/4.0

Rice University - Houston, TX - 2005-2008
B.S. in Chemistry, GPA: 4.0/4.0, Phi Beta Kappamagna cum laude

Research Experience

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Bradley Olsen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014-present

  • Self assembly of protein-polymer block copolymers
    • Modification of antibodies and cytochrome P450 enzymes with synthetic polymers for the creation of protein-based block-copolymers for application to biological sensing and heterogeneous catalysis
  • Complex coacervate core micelles for enzymatic catalysis in non-aqueous solution
    • Determined protein charge parameters for the formation of protein-polyelectrolyte complex coacervates

NSF GRFP Graduate Researcher with Prof. Matthew Francis
University of California Berkeley, 2008-2013

  • Protein-based materials synthesis and evaluation
    • Synthesized multivalent biomolecule-based nanoparticles for the targeted imaging of fibrin by chemically modifing self-assembled, virus-like particles with optical imaging agents and peptide targeting groups
    • Evaluated in vitro binding of the bioconjugate and demonstrated improved binding over monovalent peptide targeting group
  • Bioconjugation reaction development
    • Developed alternative oxidative coupling strategies for attaching synthetic molecules, including peptides, polymers, DNA, and proteins, to aniline-containing and native proteins

Undergraduate Researcher with Prof. Seiichi Matsuda
Rice University, 2006-2008

  • Characterization of natural products of terpene cyclases
    • Isolated the secondary metabolite products using heterologous expression of the enzymes in a yeast strain lacking the native cyclase
    • Generated mutant and chimeric enzymes to gain insight into the mechanism of product formation

Honors and Awards

  • Travel Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Association (Fall 2015)
  • Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-present)
  • Travel Award, Gordon Research Conference on Bioinspired Materials (2012)
  • Poster Award Winner, RSC 10th International Materials Chemistry Conference (2011)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley (2011)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2013)
  • Andrew D. Morsey Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
  • Zevi & Bertha Salsburg Award for Excellence in Chemistry, Rice University (2008)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2008)
  • Trustee Distinguished Scholarship, Rice University (2005-2008)

Mentoring Experience

Undergraduate Research Supervisor (2011-present)

  • Bryce Jarman, UC Berkeley. Chemical detection of tyrosine nitration via oxidative coupling methods. Summer 2011-Spring 2013. Ph.D. candidate at California Institute of Technology with Prof. Dennis Dougherty
  • Noelle Colant, MIT. Self assembly of enzyme-polymer block-copolymers. Summer 2014-present
  • Romeo Flores, MIT. Protein-based coacervate core micelles. Spring 2015-present

Teaching Experience

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Guest Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Synthesis of Polymers, 10.569 (Spring 2015)
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • Graduate Student Instructor, Graduate Chemistry Fundamentals/Reaction Mechanisms, Chemistry 200/260 (Fall 2010)
    • Head Graduate Student Instructor, Introductory Organic Chemistry and Lab, Chemistry 3A/L (Spring 2010)
    • Graduate Student Instructor, Introductory Organic Chemistry and Lab, Chemistry 3B/L (Fall 2008)
  • Rice University
    • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemistry Lab (Spring 2008)
    • Head Discussion Section Leader, Introductory Organic Chemistry (Fall 2007, Spring 2008)
    • Discussion Section Leader, Introductory Organic Chemistry (Fall 2006, Spring 2007)

Leadership and Service

  • Cambridge Science Festival Nano Observatory, Volunteer (2014-present)
    • Taught general public about optical microscopy as part of a broader demonstration on microscopy ranging from scanning electron microscopy to standard optical microscopy
  • Bay Area Scientists In Schools (BASIS), Team Leader, Community Resources for Science (2009-2013)
    • Created hands-on lesson plans about the states of matter and glow in the dark science to get elementary school students excited about science
    • Visited over 20 classrooms and impacted the learning of over 550 students in underprivileged elementary schools in the East Bay
  • Science Leadership and Management (SLAM), Student Organizer (2013)
    • Co-developed course on leading and managing a scientific research group
    • Recruited speakers and organized campus-wide advertising


Poster Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Mills, C.E.; Dong, X.; Flores, R.; Olsen, B.D. “Effect of supercharging on coacervation between proteins and polyelectrolytes.” Polymers Gordon Research Conference, South Hadley, MA, June 2015.

Oral Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Mills, C.E.; Dong, X.; Olsen, B.D. “Block copolymer coacervate core micelles for organophosphate decontamination.” Chemical and Biological Defence Program Review, Falls Church, VA, September 2014. 

Oral Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Francis, M.B. “Investigation of an oxidative coupling bioconjugation reaction with small molecules.” ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, Boulder, CO, July 2012.

Poster Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Jarman, J.B.; Francis, M.B. “Viral capsid based targeted imaging agents: atherosclerosis detection using chemically modified proteins.” Bioinspired Materials Gordon Research Conference, Davidson, NC, June 2012. 

Poster Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Francis, M.B. “New materials from chemically modified proteins: viral capsid based targeted imaging agents for atherosclerosis detection.” Royal Society of Chemistry 10th International Materials Chemistry Conference, Manchester, England, July 2011.

Poster Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Kolesnikova, M.D.; Zhou, C.R.; Wilson, W.K.; Matsuda, S.P.T. “Use of chimeric oxidosqualene cyclases to illuminate the mechanism of triterpene biosynthesis.” 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2007.

Poster Presentation: Obermeyer, A.C.; Lynch, D.A.; Kolesnikova, M.D.; Xiong, Q.; Wilson, W.K.; Matsuda, S.P.T. “Cloning and characterization of an Arabidopsis oxidosqualene cyclase.” 62nd Southwest Regional American Chemical Society Meeting, Houston, TX, October 2006.