Dr. Susan J. Schroeder began exploring the RNA world as an undergraduate in Prof. Douglas H. Turner's laboratory at the University of Rochester in New York. She completed her doctoral thesis in Prof. Turner's laboratory and studied thermodynamic stabilities of RNA asymmetric internal loops, RNA structure prediction, and NMR spectroscopy of a loop in a group I intron active site. As a NIH Ruth L. Kirchstein postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Peter B. Moore's lab at Yale University, she studied ribosome crystallography, antibiotic resistance, and ribosomal RNA mutagenesis. As an assistant professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry and Microbiology and Plant Biology Departments at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Schroeder focuses on viral RNA structure, function, and energetics. Dr. Schroeder's laboratory is funded by an NSF CAREER award and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Dr. Schroeder's lab studies satellite tobacco mosaic virus RNA, the thermodynamic stabilities of internal and dangling end mismatches in RNA, and prohead RNA from bacteriophage packaging motors in order to improve RNA structure prediction from sequence and discover the fundamental knowledge necessary to solve the RNA folding problem.
Dr. Schroeder's favorite hobby is playing with her dog Annie, a 7-year old English Springer Spaniel.