Meet Monique Wilhelm, a Chemical Hygiene Officer working to keep scientists safe in the lab, passionate about scicomm!

Monique Wilhelm is an academic Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer.  She has a B.S. in Chemistry with ACS certification in Biochemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry.  She currently holds a position on the board of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety.  Her previous research experience includes organic synthesis and characterization of less toxic dyes to be used to kill cancer as well as biochemical studies of protein-DNA interactions and enzyme kinetics to better understand the mechanism of type I diabetes. Her current career allows her to support multiple scientists who do research on a variety of topics.

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Meet Monique Wilhelm, a Chemical Hygiene Officer working to keep scientists safe in the lab, passionate about scicomm!

Monique Wilhelm is an academic Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer.  She has a B.S. in Chemistry with ACS certification in Biochemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry.  She currently holds a position on the board of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety.  Her previous research experience includes organic synthesis and characterization of less toxic dyes to be used to kill cancer as well as biochemical studies of protein-DNA interactions and enzyme kinetics to better understand the mechanism of type I diabetes. Her current career allows her to support multiple scientists who do research on a variety of topics.

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How do seals regulate their fat stores?

Being too fat is bad for humans. But for seals, being fat is essential. They use blubber to stay warm in the water and to supply fat to fuel their metabolism when they come ashore. There’s a lot we don’t understand about how they regulate their fat reserves. How can they be so fat and stay healthy? How do they withstand and manage the big changes they experience in fat stores throughout the year? How does their energy balance respond to rapid natural or human-induced changes in their environment?  In this Royal Society and NERC funded collaboration between Abertay University, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and Plymouth University,  Dr Kimberley Bennett borrowed a method from biomedical science to investigate how seal fat works to start to answer these questions.

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Targeted enhancement of placental function.

Four years after Lisa´s Masters of Research in Maternal and Fetal Health at The University of Manchester, her paper “Placental Homing Peptide-microRNA Inhibitor Conjugates for Targeted Enhancement of Intrinsic Placental Growth Signaling” is finally published in Theranostics. In simple terms, it’s all about targeting the placenta in order to enhance its function by delivering therapeutic molecules to it. Here, Lisa´s going to talk about why on earth they did this research, how they did it, the results and what they mean!

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How do we encourage more women to get into STEM?

This article is a summary of a report published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on the diversity landscape of the Chemical Science. The vast majority of this report is focused on women, which are clearly underrepresented in chemistry, and science in general. Women account for only 35% of scientists in STEM and earn less than their male counterparts. The current research suggests that women are less confident when it comes to putting themselves forward for leadership positions or in salary negotiations.