Greg Potts

Greg Potts16
Education: BS, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Focus:  As an Analytical Chemistry Ph.D. student working in the lab of Professor Josh Coon, Greg’s research utilizes mass spectrometry to quantify the intracellular protein expression of cells that are infected with Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV). Changes in viral and cellular protein levels are monitored by various quantitative mass spectrometry methods to elucidate the underlying biology of these viral infections.  Such data can be incorporated into kinetic models to predict viral growth and spread in perturbed systems.  Additional work will use mass spectrometry to quantify host cell phosphorylation cascades in response to viral infections.

About Me:   I originally hail from northern Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois in 2011 with a B.S. in Chemistry. As an undergraduate student I performed natural product isolations of polyphenols from Yerba mate tea to study their anti-inflammatory effects in vitro. Later, my undergraduate thesis work optimized surface chemistries to immobilize biomolecules onto glass substrates and study the kinetics of leukocyte attachment and binding at these surfaces.  In my free time I enjoy biking, cooking, and singing in various choirs/a cappella groups in the Madison area.