Alumni Profiles: Molly Croteau (Chemistry '16)

Molly went to Keene State College in Keene, NH and graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in chemistry. She came to Dartmouth to begin her PhD in Chemistry in the fall of 2010, joined Dean Wilcox's lab, and left in February 2016 with a PhD in bioinorganic chemistry (metals and proteins). She started with Avitide in Lebanon, NH in February of 2016.

Molly obtained her Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry from the Dartmouth Chemistry Department in February of 2016. Her thesis work was developing new methods to understand chemical reduction and oxidation reactions in metalloproteins (proteins that contain metals); specifically a brilliant-blue colored protein called Azurin. In simple terms, she studied how the smallest unit of energy (an electron) changes how the metal interacts or binds with the protein, and how you can detect this electron change in a new way that would help scientists with more complex proteins and metals. While her work would never go on to cure cancer or fight crime, it does lay the foundation to help future researchers develop alternative energy fuels using the simple electron and natural proteins as the workhorse. Molly then applied her fundamental knowledge about binding interactions and obtained a job with Avitide, Inc. right in Lebanon, New Hampshire in February 2016.