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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Science

Office

Donnelly 235C

Email

elisa.woolridge@marist.edu

Phone

(845) 575-3000 ext. 2390

Dr. Elisa M. Woolridge

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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


Education

BS, Biochemistry, Millersville University of PA
PhD, Organic Chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook


Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Mechanism and application of enzymes for biomass conversion


Selected Publications

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 2004, 43, 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 1997, D53, 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 1992, 31, 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 1991, 286, 473-480.

Woolridge, E. M.; Rokita, S. E. "6-(Difluoromethyl)tryptophan as a Probe for Substrate Activation During the Catalysis of Tryptophanase," Biochemistry 1991, 30, 1852-1857.

Woolridge, E. M.; Rokita, S. E. "Synthesis and Reactivity of 6-(Fluoromethyl)indole and 6-(Difluoromethyl)indole," Tetrahedron Letters 1989, 30, 6117-6120.

*Woolridge, E.; Turchi, S. L.; Edwards, J. R. "The Peroxidase-Glucose Oxidase System in the Undergraduate Laboratory," Biochemical Education 1986, 14, 82-83.  Reprinted in Practical Biochemistry for Colleges; Wood, E. J., Ed.; Permagon:  New York, 1989; pp 31-32.

*Undergraduate Student Co-Author