Jen Heemstra

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry

Office: Atwood Chemistry Center 455

Phone: 404-727-7766


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  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2005)
  • BS, Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (2000)

Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Harvard University, 2007-2010

Specific Research Areas

  • Supramolecular Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Materials

Honors and Awards (selected)

  • W.W. Epstein Outstanding Educator Award (2016)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2016)
  • Cottrell Scholar Award (2015)
  • Myriad Award of Research Excellence (2015)
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2011)

Selected Publications

  • Hanson, W. M.; Chen, Z.; Jackson, L. K.; Attaf, M.; Sewell, A. K.; Heemstra, J. M.; Phillips, J. D. Reversible Oligonucleotide Chain Blocking Enables Bead Capture and Amplification of T-Cell Receptor a and b Chain mRNAs. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016 138, 11073-11076.
  • Tan, Z.; Feagin, T. A.; Heemstra, J. M. Temporal Control of Aptamer Biosensors Using Covalent Self-Caging to Shift Equilibrium.J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016 138, 6328-6331.
  • Feagin, T. A.; Olsen, D. P. V.; Headman, Z. C.; Heemstra, J. M. High-Throughput Enantiopurity Analysis using Enantiomeric DNA-Based Sensors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015 137, 4198-4206.
  • Sharma, A. K.; Plant, J. J.; Rangel, A. E.; Khoe, K. N.; Anamisis, A. J.; Hollien, J.; Heemstra, J. M. Fluorescent RNA Labeling Using Self-Alkylating Ribozymes. ACS Chem. Biol. 2014 9, 1680-1684.