Dhara D. Shah

Dhara D. Shah

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: 2013
Research Lab: Dr. Graham R. Moran
Major Area of Focus: Biochemistry
Previously Attended:
M.Sc., The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
B.Sc., M. G. Science Institute Ahmedabad

Why I like Chemistry:

Chemistry is everywhere. Both the smallest bacteria and the most complex multicellular animal require millions of chemical reactions to survive. So in my view it is crucial to understand chemistry in order to understand life completely. Biochemistry allows me to do that.

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

I have always been interested in enzymes. Dr. Graham Moran's lab in this department is working on the fascinating chemistry catalyzed by two related enzymes - 4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate Dioxygenase and Hydorxymandelate Synthase. Working with these enzymes allows me to explore and understand the field of enzymology.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

Biking near Lake Michigan

Research Goals:

I am trying to understand the mechanism of the reactions catalyzed by 4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate Dioxygenase and Hydorxymandelate Synthase.


Dhara D. Shah, John A. Conrad, Brian Heinz, June M. Brownlee, and Graham R. Moran. (2011) Biochemistry, 50, 7694!7704.