Palmer LabChemical Ecology and Astrobiology


“Science at the interface of chemistry and biology” is the driving theme of the research in Dr. Palmer’s lab. Whether it is developing a plan for growing food on a future Mars Colony, deciphering the chemical signals exchanged between living things, or developing new tools to regulate bacterial virulence, his research is at the intersection of the natural sciences. His students are as likely to be in the greenhouse, as they are peering under a microscope, or sitting in front of a mass spectrometer in the chemistry department. A Florida native, Dr. Palmer grew up in St. Augustine. He received an A.S. from Tallahassee Community College, a B.A. from Florida State University in Biochemistry, and a PhD in Biomolecular Chemistry from Emory University. He then did an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching style reflects his interdisciplinary research program, using the solid foundation of chemistry and physics our students develop to explain concepts of biology. Class discussion and developing communication skills are also key elements of his courses. His hobbies include cooking, home brewing, and making coffee.


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