Jessica Webb

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Contact Information
Email: jdwebb@ncat.edu

North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411
Senior Undergraduate Student
Major: Chemistry

Presentations and Publications

  • North Carolina Honor’s Association Conference: Hosted by NCCU (September 25, 2010)
    • Presented Research
  • National Association of African American Honors Program Conference (November 15 – 19, 2010)
    • Presented Research
  • State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium
    • Presented Research
  • Opt-Ed Research Conference
    • Presented Research
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
    • Presented Research
    • Won award in Physiology section


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Department of Physiology

Dates: June 1, 2010 - August 5, 2010 and June 15, 2010 - August 4, 2010
Program: Health Educational Research Opportunities (HERO)
Mentor: Dr. Roland N. Pittman

1st Project (Summer of 2010) - During this summer I helped to research and improve a microscopy technique called Phosphorescene Quenching Microscopy. We tested singlet oxygen quenchers and anti-oxidants, Trolox-c and crocin, to see if they had any effect on controlling oxygen consumption. We hypothesized that because both substances were physical oxygen quenchers as well as anti-oxidants, that they would be able to successfully control the oxygen consumption. We discovered that both Trolox-c and crocin were found to work as singlet oxygen quenchers, however crocin proved to be a better quencher than Trolox-c.

2nd Project (Summer of 2011) - During the summer I collaborated on a project that focused on producing Western Blots to measure the nitric oxide synthase concentrations of spinotrapezius muscle tissue of Wistar-Kyoto Rats (WKY) and Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat (SHR) models. We hypothesized that since nitric oxide synthase produces nitric oxide, which in turn acts as a vasodilator in the smooth muscle cells, that SHR models would exhibit less nitric oxide synthase than the WKY rat models. However, our hypothesis was questioned when we found that the SHR models produced more nitric oxide synthase than the WKY models.

Research Advisors

My advisors are Dr. Zerihun Assefa (NC A&T Dept. of Chemistry) and Dr. Patrick Martin (NC A&T Dept. of Biology).

Current Research Focus:

Currently I am focused on synthesizing various gold complexes and developing tumor cell lines where the gold complexes will be tested on the cells to access any therapeutic effects that the gold complexes may have on the tumor cells.

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Cancer Biology