Name: Dr. Elisa M. Woolridge
Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office Location: Donnelly 235C
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2390
Email: elisa.woolridge@marist.edu
Degrees Held:

B.S., Biochemistry, Millersville University of PA

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook

Bio:
2012-present, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Physics 
Marist College
 
2008-present, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Physics 
Marist College
 
2002-2008, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, & Physics 
Marist College
 
1999-2001, Research Scientist, Pulp Sciences 
International Paper, Corporate Research Center, NY
 
1996-1999, Senior Research Associate, Pulp Sciences 
 International Paper, Corporate Research Center, NY
 
 1993-1996, Research Associate, Primary Processing Research 
 International Paper, Corporate Research Center, NY
 
1990-1993, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Maryland at College Park
 

Awards & Honors:
Cottrell College Science Award (2003)
National Research Service Award, Division of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health (1991)

Publications:

Woolridge, E. M. "Mixed Enzyme Systems for Delignification of Lignocellulosic Biomass," Catalysts, 2014, 4, 1-35.

*Bendl, R. F.; *Kandel, J. M.; *Amodeo, K. D.; Ryder, A. M.; Woolridge, E. M. “Characterization of the Oxidative Inactivation of Xylanase by Laccase and a Redox Mediator,” Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 2008, 43, 149-156.

Yang, J.; Wang, Y.; Woolridge, E. M.; Arora, V.; Petsko, G. A.; Kozarich, J. W.; Ringe, D. “Crystal Structure of 3-Carboxy-cis,cis-muconate Lactonizing Enzyme from Pseudomonas putida, a Fumarase Class II Type Cycloisomerase:  Enzyme Evolution in Parallel Pathways,” Biochemistry 200443, 10424-10434.

Hasson, M. S.; Schlichting, I.; McGowen, M. M.; Woolridge, E. M.; Kozarich, J. W.; Petsko, G. A.; Ringe, D. “Characterization of Two Crystal Forms of 3-Carboxy-cis,cis-muconate Lactonizing Enzyme from Pseudomonas putida,” Acta Crystallographica 1997D53, 352-353.

Williams, S. E.; Woolridge, E. M.; Ransom, S. C.; Landro, J. A.; Babbitt, P. C.; Kozarich, J. W. “3‑Carboxy-cis,cis-muconate Lactonizing Enzyme (CMLE) from Pseudomonas putida is Homologous to the Class II Fumarase Family:  A New Reaction in the Evolution of a Mechanistic Motif,” Biochemistry 199231, 9768-9776.

Woolridge, E. M.; Rokita, S. E. “The Use of 6-(Difluoromethyl)indole to Study the Activation of Indole by Tryptophan Synthase,” Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 1991286, 473-480.

Woolridge, E. M.; Rokita, S. E. “6-(Difluoromethyl)tryptophan as a Probe for Substrate Activation During the Catalysis of Tryptophanase,” Biochemistry 199130, 1852-1857.

Woolridge, E. M.; Rokita, S. E. “Synthesis and Reactivity of 6-(Fluoromethyl)indole and 6‑(Difluoromethyl)indole,” Tetrahedron Letters 198930, 6117-6120.

*Woolridge, E.; Turchi, S. L.; Edwards, J. R. “The Peroxidase-Glucose Oxidase System in the Undergraduate Laboratory,” Biochemical Education 198614, 82-83.  Reprinted in Practical Biochemistry for Colleges; Wood, E. J., Ed.; Permagon:  New York, 1989; pp 31-32.


*Undergraduate Student Co-Author

 

Research Interests:

Mechanism and application of enzymes for biomass conversion

Affiliations:

American Chemical Society , Divisions of Biological Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Cellulose Technology
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Council on Undergraduate Research
Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry