CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
SUTTON DREAMS OF BECOMING a professor of organic chemistry and
has a passion for research into compounds that fight life-threatening
disease. To realize that dream, she applied to many graduate schools
— Stanford and Yale among them.
she chose UCLA.
the offer from UCLA came in, I had no inclination to go elsewhere,”
Sutton says. “I had already decided that UCLA had the very
best to offer me, and that the research group I could join would
be perfectly in line with my interests.”
Sutton packed up her belongings three years ago and moved from
Canada to Westwood. She had earned her bachelor of science, with
honors, in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Western
Ontario, and had developed a research interest in antioxidants
— natural compounds that combat the destructive effects
of cell oxidation upon the human body.
is currently working with the research group of Professor Christopher
Foote, a world-renowned leader in the field of photo-oxidation.
With his team, she is studying the photochemistry and photophysics
of the photoactive drug hypericin, a chemical present in the herb
St. John’s Wort that has been found capable of killing cancer
cells and HIV.