Greta Becker

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
60 Prescott St.
Room 4012, Gateway Park
Worcester, MA 01605
phone: 508-831-5731

The research I am working on is copper homeostasis in Pseudomonas. Specifically, my research investigates the chaperone proteins CopZ1 and CopZ2, and the role these chaperones play in Cu+ sensing and distribution.
What brought you to WPI?
I came to WPI for the summer REU chemistry/biochemistry research program. I wanted a school with a strong background in research for undergraduates, and I wanted to work in an environment that was challenging. Also, I am from the Midwest, so I wanted to see what research is like in a different part of the country.

What are your research interests?
I am most passionate about organic chemistry, but as a biochemistry major, I would like to develop more skills in biology and biochemistry. This lab combines many disciplines which will help prepare me for many different disciplines in the future.

What are your long term professional goals?
My long term professional goal would be to get into an MD/PhD program. I like the idea of helping individuals with health issues while pursuing research that may help identify the mechanism of the patient’s disease.