Meghan Porter received her B.S. in Chemistry from Bucknell University where she began undergraduate research in the group of Dr. Robert Stockland in the fall of her junior year. Her work focused on the synthesis of N-heterocyclic carbene gold metallosteroid complexes for use as targeted anti-cancer agents. She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Indiana University Bloomington under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Zaleski in 2015. Her graduate research focused on the development of reactive, yet controllable, radical generators that are thermally activated to yield a potent diradical species capable of H-atom abstraction leading to biopolymer degradation.
In 2013, Meghan had the opportunity to begin teaching as an instructor through the Briscoe Fellowship while completing her Ph.D. work. She is excited to begin as full time teaching faculty for the department, teaching courses in inorganic and general chemistry. Meghan is especially interested in the development of lab and course assignments involving real-world applications of metals in medicine.