Dr. Jeffrey E. Barrick will be joining the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in January of 2011. Barrick grew up in Lubbock, Texas and is excited to be returning to the state. Among other things, he fondly remembers the sunny days and many weekends spent in small towns in West Texas at University Interscholastic League (UIL) Math and Science competitions during high school.
Barrick attended the California Institute of Technology and was awarded a B.S. in Chemistry with honor in 2001. At Caltech, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Richard W. Roberts (now at the University of Southern California), where he used mRNA display to isolate altered RNA hairpin-binding peptides from random sequence libraries and biophysically characterized their new binding properties. He was awarded Caltech’s George W. Green Memorial Prize for original undergraduate research in 2000.