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Pepsi Holmquist

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Science and Mathematics
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Pepsi Holmquist

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Science and Mathematics
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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Manuscripts Submitted for Publication
McElroy, Craig, et al. "Solution structure, dynamics and tetrahedral assembly of Anti-TRAP, a homo-trimeric triskelion-shaped regulator of tryptophan biosynthesis in Bacillus subtilis." 30 Jun. 2023. TS - typescript (typed).
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Holmquist, Melody "Pepsi". "Mentoring Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in academic research." RECIPES workshops. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, New York. 12 Jan. 2022. Lecture.
Holmquist, Pepsi. "Deaf Heart, Scientific Mind." Pursuing a Professional Career as a D/HH STEM Student: Challenges and Goals. University of Tennessee. Knoxville, TN. 13 Jul. 2021. Conference Presentation.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation or Conference Paper
McGinnity, Grace, et al. "Probing the potential interactions between two protein vaccine candidates from Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae." Proceedings of the Experimental Biology 2022. Ed. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Philadelphia, PA: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).
Gomes, Antonia, et al. "Composition of volatile compounds from rare and endangered Illicium ekmanii, a species endemic to Hispaniola." Proceedings of the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference. Ed. Sigma Xi. Research Triangle Park, NC: n.p..
Journal Paper
Michel, Lea, et al. "Haemophilus influenzae Protein D antibody suppression in a multi-component vaccine formulation." FEBS Open Bio. (2022): 1-12. Web.
Jones, Seth P., et al. "Vaccine target and carrier molecule nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae protein D dimerizes like the close Escherichia coli GlpQ homolog but unlike other known homolog dimers." Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. (2022): 1-10. Web.

Currently Teaching

NLST-171
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the fundamental theories and principles of chemistry governing the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular levels. The language of chemistry including nomenclature and symbolic representation is presented. Computational strategies applied to stoichiometry, reaction analysis and solution preparation are practiced. Laboratory activities focus on precision and accuracy in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory will be emphasized. Chemical nomenclature will be introduced and practiced. Stoichiometry, product prediction and balancing of chemical reactions will accompany wet-lab activities.
NLST-172
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the concepts of kinetics and thermodynamics. Chemical equilibrium and rate constants will be presented and quantified. The ideal gas law will be explored. Mathematical models will be developed and computational strategies will be applied and practiced. Laboratory activities will supplement course themes. Chemical hygiene and safety procedures in the laboratory will be emphasized.
NLST-250
4 Credits
In this course students learn and apply concepts and principles of analytical testing using laboratory instruments, instrumentation theory, and procedures. Concepts surrounding spectroscopy, electroanalytical methods, advanced and automated methods of instrumental analysis are presented. Techniques including sample preparation, instrumentation set-up and maintenance, calibration, precision measurement, safety, and data collection/analysis are introduced. Selected instrumentation presented in this course include electroanalytical meters/probes, atomic and molecular spectrophotometers, and automated instrumentation.
NLST-255
4 Credits
In this course students learn and apply advanced concepts and principles in analytical testing using laboratory instruments/equipment, theory, and procedures as they relate to chemical separations and chromatographic methods of analysis. Techniques including sample preparation, instrumentation set-up and maintenance, calibration, precision measurement, safety, and data collection/analysis are studied. Selected techniques/instrumentation presented in this course include solid and liquid phase separations/extractions, liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and capillary electrophoresis.

In the News

  • October 30, 2023

    two college students in a classroom reading text on a tablet as a professor and A S L interpreter stand at the front of the room.

    RIT scientists receive grant to expand work on a sign language lexicon for chemistry

    A team of scientists at RIT will expand its work after receiving a large grant from the National Science Foundation to make chemistry more accessible for students who rely on American Sign Language interpreters in class. The team has been awarded nearly $380,000 for its proposal to transform chemistry for deaf and hard-of-hearing students via the design, implementation, and evaluation of a descriptive sign language lexicon.