Education

 
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PHD In Chemistry

  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

  • Graduated: Summer 2017

  • Graduate courses: Organic Spectroscopy (Fall 2012), Separations and Chromatography (Fall 2012), Analytical Measurement: Chemometrics (Fall 2013), Advanced Analytical Chemistry: Surface Analysis (Fall 2013), Topics in Chemistry: Introduction to Biospectroscopy (Spring 2014), Writing Class (Spring 2014), and Bioanalytical Techniques (Spring 2015).

 
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BS in CHemistry

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Graduated: April 2011

  • Minor in Mathematics


Employment

SEED Academy Program Administrator

  • MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Program

  • September 2017 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • The Connector at the University of Missouri

  • July - September 2017


Research

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Research focused on the use of spectroscopic techniques to study protein structure, folding, and dynamics. Using deep-UV resonance Raman, the polypeptide backbone amide is excited and structurally sensitive amide modes in the spectra can be analyzed to study protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions. 

BEAM ENGINEERING FOR ADVANCED MATERIALS

  • Chemist

  • Winter Park, FL

  • June 2011- August 2012

  • Researched, synthesized, and characterized organic compounds and materials, primarily liquid crystals, reactive mesogens and chiral dopants, for use with advanced optical technologies and research

  • Extensively trained on Agilent Technologies 7890A GC System, Agilent Technologies 5975C inert MSD with Triple-Axis detector, and Mettler Toledo Differential Calorimetry

  • Spearheaded emergency and safety protocols instituted company-wide.

  • Training for clean room procedures

  • Developed a training and troubleshooting manual for Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy analysis

  • Placed and tracked chemical orders

  • Assisted in lab management

 

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITy

  • Undergraduate Researcher

  • Dr. William Cooper Lab

  • Tallahassee, FL

  • January 2011-June 2011

  • Research focused on the characterization of dissolved organic matter in northern peat land soil through Florescence and UV/Vis spectroscopy


Teaching at University of Missouri

  • Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 3200)

    • Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2015

  • College Chemistry II (CHEM 1330)

    • Spring 2016 and Summer 2017

  • College Chemistry I (CHEM 1320)

    • Fall 2012 and Fall 2013

  • Atoms and Molecules (CHEM 1100)

    • Spring 2013


Conference Participation

  • Session Organizer and Chair National Alliance for Broader Impacts 2017 Summit. Stevenson, WA. April 2017.

  • Exhibit AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting Family Science Days. Boston, MA. February 2017.

  • Judge Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Forum. Columbia, MO. April 2016.

  • Attendant National Alliance for Broader Impacts 2016 Summit. Philadelphia, PA. April 2016.

  • Session Chair GPC Research and Creative Arts Forum. Columbia, MO. March 2015.

  • Attendant and Reporter SciWri15. Boston, MA. October 2015.

  • Session Organizer and Chair Mid-West Regional Meeting American Chemical Society, November 2014.

 

  • Gamboa Varela, J.; and Zare, A. STEM Graduate Students as Partners: University of Missouri’s Model for Training the Next Generation of BI Practitioners National Alliance for Broader Impacts 2017 Summit. Stevenson, WA. April 2017. Presentation.

  • Zare, A. Deep-UV Resonance Raman Spectral Properties of Helical Membrane Proteins GPC Research and Creative Activities Forum. Columbia, MO. March 2017. Presentation.

  • Zare, A.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Spectroscopic Monitoring of Alpha Helical Uniformity PittCon 2017 Conference and Expo. Chicago, IL. March 2017. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Spectroscopic Monitoring of Alpha Helical Uniformity AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. February 2017. Poster.

  • Zare, A. Shining Light on Proteins. Science on Tap 2016 Regional Conference. Columbia, MO. June 2016. Presentation.

  • Zare, A. Communications for Graduate and Professional Student Advocacy. National Association for Graduate and Professional Students 2016 Regional Conference. Columbia, MO. April 2016. Presentation.

  • Zare, A.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of Alpha Helices in Lipophilic Environments AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. February 2016. Poster.

  • Zare, A. Deep-UV Resonance Raman Spectral Properties of Aromatic Residues of Membrane Proteins GPC Research and Creative Activities Forum. Columbia, MO. March 2016. Presentation.

  • Zare, A. Shining Light on Proteins. University of Missouri 3MT. Columbia, MO. November 2015. Presentation.

  • Zare, A.; Harbert, E.; Lankford, D.; Waldron, A.; Cornish, P.; JiJi, R. Chemistry Immersion Program (CHIP) ComSciCon 2015 Cambridge. MA. June 2015. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments. University of Missouri 2015 Life Sciences Week. April 2015. Poster.

  • Zare, A. Monitoring the Uniformity of Alpha Helices in Lipophilic Environments GPC Research and Creative Activities Forum. Columbia, MO. March 2015. Presentation.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments. #RSCAnalyticalPoster Analytical Science Twitter Poster Conference. February 2015. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments American Chemical Society 2014 Mid-West Regional Meeting. Columbia, MO. November 2014. Presentation.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments American Chemical Society 2014 Mid-West Regional Meeting. Columbia, MO. November 2014. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Harbert, E.; Lankford, D.; Waldron, A.; Cornish, P.; JiJi, R. Chemistry Immersion Progra. (CHIP) American Chemical Society 2014 National Meeting San Francisco, CA. August 2014. Presentation.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments American Chemical Society 2014 National Meeting San Francisco, CA. August 2014. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments. University of Missouri 2014 Life Sciences Week. April 2014. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of Alpha Helices in Lipophilic Environments 2013 Annual Fall Meeting of the APS Prairie Section. Columbia, MO. November 2013. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments FACSS Presents SciX 2013. Milwaukee, WI. September 2013. Poster.

  • Zare, A.; Xiong, J.; Cooley, J.; and JiJi, R. Monitoring the Uniformity of a-Helices in Lipophilic Environments. University of Missouri 2013 Life Sciences Week. April 2013. Poster.


Honors, Awards & Recognition

  • 2017 Graduate Student Association's Outstanding Graduate Student

  • 2017 Chancellor's Excellence Award for Graduate Student Leader

  • 2017 AAAS Physical Sciences Poster session Honorable Mention

  • 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcasting Award: Best Public Affairs Program

  • 2017 Graduate Professional Council Organization Grant

  • 2017 Graduate Professional Council Travel Grant

  • 2016 Inductee of the Rollins Society

  • 2016 University of Missouri Chemistry Department Travel Grant

  • 2016 Mizzou Advantage Travel Grant

  • 2014 Graduate Student Association Travel Grant

  • 2014 Graduate Professional Council Travel Grant

  • 2013 FACSS Student Poster Award Recipient at SciX


Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • American Physics Society

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • National Alliance for Broader Impacts

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy

  • Society of Women Engineers

  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers


Contributions and Synergistic Activities

  • Broader Impacts Network Advisory Board

  • Vice President of the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization


Workshops

  • ComSciCon 2015

  • SciWri15

  • Entering Mentoring

  • How to be a Super Communicator by NSF EPSCoR

  • Improvisation for Science Communication by Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne

  • 3-Minute Presentation Clinic with Dr. Darcy Gentleman