Drew Nowakowski

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: 2013
Research Lab: Petering
Major Area of Focus: Biochemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Physical Chemistry
Previously Attended:
UW-Milwaukee, B.S.

Why I like Chemistry:

I've always been fascinated with the phenomena of life. Biochemistry gives us the tools help explain them in a logical way.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee:

I chose to stay at UWM to get my doctorate because of the excellent faculty and I love the Milwaukee.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

Since I am a huge Brewers fan, my favorite thing to do in Milwaukee is to catch a game at Miller Park.

Research Goals:

My research focuses on the use of fluorescent sensors to image Zinc within eukaryotic cells. My goal is determine the consistency between different types of sensors and to elucidate exactly what chemical species are being sensed by these probes.


Nowakowski, A. B., Petering. D. H. (2011) Reactions of the Fluorescent Sensor, Zinquin, with the Zinc-Proteome: Adduct Formation and Ligand Substitution. Inorg. Chem. 50 (20) 10124-10133

Meeusen, J. W., Tomasiewicz, H., Nowakowski, A., Petering, D. H. (2011) TSQ (6-Methoxy-8-p-Toluenesulfonamido-Quinoline), a Common Fluorescent Sensor for Cellular Zinc, Images Zinc Proteins. Inorg Chem. 50 (16) 7563-7573