Andrea Szakal

Marino Group



Call: (240) 314-6264


Ph.D. Chemistry, Penn State University, 2008

B.S. Biochemistry, Muhlenberg College, 2002


I am a NIST Research Chemist (Biomolecular Structure and Function Group, Biomolecular Measurement Division, Material Measurement Laboratory), and my research focuses on RNA metrology.  I use a variety of techniques, including fluorescence, NMR, and small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering to study large-RNA structures. 

I received my Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State University.  While at Penn State, I studied the catalytic mechanism and folding pathway of the hepatitis delta virus (HDV) ribozyme in Philip Bevilacqua’s lab.  I was then awarded an NRC/NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship and worked with John Marino (NIST/IBBR) to investigate the structure of RNA from the HIV-1 genome, which led to my present position as a NIST Research Chemist.