Ariel Martelle Alperstein

Credentials: Chemistry Ph.D., Spring 2020 (Zanni)

Hometown: Fishkill, NY

Professor Martin Zanni
Identifying Amyloid in Cataract Lens Tissue using Two-dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy
Future Plans
Ariel is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Renee Frontiera's group at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is working on developing super-resolution Raman spectroscopy imaging techniques for live cells.
Ariel Alperstein


View ORCID associated publications.

  • Alperstein AM, Ostrander JS, Zhang TO, Zanni MT (2019) Amyloid found in human cataracts with two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 116(14):6602–6607.


Ariel was a graduate student supervised by Martin Zanni from Fall 2014 to early Spring 2020. In Marty’s research group she advanced two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy research by developing techniques for tissue sample preparation and imaging, data collection and interpretation, and optics alignment. During her time at UW-Madison she also had the opportunity to participate in other chemistry department and campus activities, such as being a Catalyst mentor, a GSFLC representative, a GWIS member, a McPherson Eye Research Institute member, and a WISCIENCE book group discussion leader. She received the 2018 Roger J. Carlson Award for Research Excellence, the 2019 John & Beverly Schrag Outstanding Peer Award, and the 2020 K.V. and Sara Reddy Award in Physical Chemistry.



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