BPC Assistant Professor of Chemistry’s Research Published with PNAS

Dr. Rachel Kozlowski presented the work in her publication at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Diego, CA in February of 2020.

By Evan Riekhof
BPC Marketing Coordinator

MOUNT VERNON — Dr. Rachel Kozlowski, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Her published research, “Acceleration of catalysis in dihydrofolate reductase by transient, site-specific photothermal excitation” focuses on enzyme dynamics. In describing her research, Dr. Kozlowski stated, “I designed a method to site-specifically conjugate enzymes to gold nanoparticles, excite the enzyme at that attachment point on fast and ultrafast timescales, and observe it with light.”

According to Dr. Helene Peters, Chair of the Math & Natural Sciences Division and Professor of Biology at BPC, “Dr. Kozlowski’s most recent publication is an extremely valuable contribution in the field of enzyme dynamics and nanoscience.” Dr. Peters characterized the significance of the findings of the research as providing a “better understanding of protein and enzyme function and regulation ultimately leads to opportunities for therapeutic intervention in disease conditions without current treatment options.” Dr. Kozlowski’s research will help other scientists who read her work use her results and her methodologies to help further investigations on enzyme dynamics.

Dr. Peters shared, “Her [Dr. Kozlowski] research and publication complement her teaching as she shares her expertise with her Chemistry students in her classroom and laboratory sessions, eagerly guiding and mentoring them to pursue future undergraduate and graduate research and careers in Chemistry.” Dr. Kozlowski stated that while there may not be further publications based on this research, there may be future publications coming from working with undergraduate researchers at BPC.

The published research can be accessed on PNAS’s website: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2014592118

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army. Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA. As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work. Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.
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