College of Science
Chemistry and Biochemistry
A USU Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow and an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow, Tatiana Soboleva is pursuing a PhD in organic chemistry under the guidance of Professor Lisa Berreau (Chemistry/Biochemistry) and Professor Abby Benninghoff (Animal, Veterinary and Dairy Sciences).
Tatiana’s interest in cross-disciplinary research led her to studies directed at preparing molecular tools to explore the biological roles of carbon monoxide (CO), an important signaling molecule in humans akin to nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Her current research involves the synthesis of visible-light induced CO-releasing molecules based on an extended flavonol motif and evaluation of their effects on the viability and function of human cells in the context of the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects of carbon monoxide. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop multifunctional and medicinally suitable molecules that deliver CO in a highly controlled, localizable and dose-dependent manner.
A native of the Republic of Moldova, Tatiana earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2016. She has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal papers and was a featured speaker during USU Research Week 2018’s Ignite USU speaker series.