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About Angela J. Ahrendt

Dr. Ahrendt has been a member of the IMSA science faculty since 2015 and teaches Scientific Inquiries in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Environmental Chemistry.  Prior to coming to IMSA, she worked for nine years at Argonne National Laboratory where she did protein engineering of antibodies, fluorescent proteins, and protein nanosensors. At IMSA she supervises students in the Student Inquiry and Research program doing research in protein engineering and drug discovery.  She also teaches for the PROMISE program.

Positions

Present Science Faculty, Illinois Math and Science Academy
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2017 - 2018 PROMISE Program Science Teacher, Illinois Math and Science Academy
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2016 - 2018 Science Olympiad Coach, Illinois Math and Science Academy
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests


Grants

2018 ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant
American Chemical Society (ACS)
2017 "Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Biodiesel Characterization and Ethanol Production"
ComEd
ComEd Seed Fund Grant
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Honors and Awards

  • • Lederman Scholar Award (2017–2018)
  • • Outstanding Woman Student Award, NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (2001)
  • • Dissertation Completion Award, NIU Graduate School (2000)
  • • John D. Graham Scholarship, NIU Chemistry Department (1999)
  • • Weber Medical Clinic Award, Olney Central College (1987)
  • • James S. Spencer Scholarship, Olney Central College (1985)
  • • East Richland High School Class Valedictorian (1985)

Courses

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry

Education

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May 2002 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University
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January 1990 B.S. in Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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May 1987 Associate Degree in Science, Olney Central College
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Articles (4)

Presentations (3)

Dissertation (1)