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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
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Pam Twigg

Dr. Pam Twigg

Research Assistant Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville

115 Cambridge Trail Madison, AL 35758

Pam Twigg currently hails from Huntsville, Alabama, not far from her hometown of Montgomery. After attending NYSC in 1978 as an Alabama delegate, she left for Auburn University, where she earned her degree in Chemical Engineering. Part-time work as an undergraduate lab assistant at Auburn led to a strong desire to pursue a career in research, which ultimately resulted in pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While finishing up her degree, she moved to Huntsville to be with her husband, and took a job as a research assistant in the Chemistry Department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It was at this point that she discovered the field of structural biology and began working with protein crystallization. Her work on a NASA grant to study the physical chemistry of protein crystal growth led to a job at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where she spent the next 8 years working on structural characterization of proteins, and designing, testing, managing, and loading microgravity protein crystal growth experiments for the Space Shuttle program. At some point, the desire to direct her own research projects and answer her own questions became a driving force to return to school. She left MSFC for Florida State University and completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics in 2001. Now, having come full circle, she is once again employed by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, this time as a Research Assistant Professor, to direct a research effort involving the structural characterization of proteins related to the genetic disorder Huntington's Disease using x-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. She is the mother of 2 wonderful daughters, and enjoys volunteering with their band, and school science programs.

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