Wesley Robertson

Undergraduate Student

Wes Robertson obtained a BS degree in Biochemistry from the School of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, Wes worked with Dr Vanacore to elucidate the quaternary structure of the NC1 domain hexamer of collagen IV from smooth muscle basement membrane. Using high-resolution mass spectrometry, Wes identified sulfilimine crosslinked NC1 peptides, which define the covalent interaction and special arrangement between triple-helical protomers within the a121-a565 collagen IV network. Wes presented his results at the annual meting of the American Society for Matrix Biology in San Diego, CA. During his senior year, Wes received awards and honors from the Department of Biological Sciences for his outstanding achievements in research. He was also awarded with a NSF scholarship to pursue doctoral studies. Wes was accepted in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology graduate program at Yale University. In May 2014, Wes successfully passed his qualifying exam and is now a doctoral candidate in Dr Schepartz Laboratory of Chemical Biology.