Abby Parrill

Abby Parrill

Associate Dean/Professor

Phone
901.678.3371
Fax
901.678.4831
Office
SM 407
Office Hours

Education

Ph.D. 1996, The University of Arizona

M.S. 1996, The University of Arizona

B.S. 1992, Central Michigan University

Professional

Started with The University of Memphis - 1998

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Research Award, University of Memphis Alumni Association, 2011

Distinguished Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Memphis, 2008

Olin Atkins Professorship, University of Memphis, 2007-2010

Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Memphis, 2007

Research Paper Competition Award, University of Memphis Sigma Xi Chapter, 2001

Early Career Research Award, University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences, 2000

Research Interests

Research interests in the Parrill group are in the areas broadly described as computational structural biology and rational ligand design. The rapid growth of experimental techniques that probe the three-dimensional structure of biologically important structures such as proteins have provided a wealth of information that can be used to study protein structure and design ligands that will bind to these molecules. Such ligands can be used to gather additional information that is useful for the optimization of drugs and molecules with other important functions. Specific projects related to both computational structural biology and rational ligand design involve studies of the interactions between existing or newly designed ligands with interesting biological targets.

Grants

REU Site:  University of Memphis Interdisciplinary Research in Chemistry, National Science Foundation,$442,744, 9/12-8/15

REU TN-EPSCOR, University of Tennessee subcontract from National Science Foundation grant, $53,157, 10/14-7/15

Graduate Students

Samantha Gacasan, Lauren Ragle, Lee Wink