Professor Burwell is interested in investigating the chemical reactions that drive metabolism and control mitochondrial physiology. This underlying focus has driven her research in many areas of the biomedical sciences, from cardiac ischemia reperfusion injury and drug development, to mitochondrial protein assembly, to identifying biomarkers associated with weight gain and metabolic stress.
She has mentored student research projects at Wells College that align both with her research focus and with student interest. Her students have presented their research results at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the National American Chemical Society Conference, Undergraduate Research Day at the University of Rochester, and the Rochester Academy of Sciences annual meeting. In the classroom, Professor Burwell fosters an inclusive and supportive learning environment that promotes both confidence and independence.
2003 - B.A. in biology, SUNY Potsdam (summa cum laude)
2008 - Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester
Hootman KC, Trezzi JP, Kraemer L, Burwell LS, Dong X, Guertin KA, Jaeger C, Stover PJ, Hiller K, Cassano PA. Erythritol is a pentose-phosphate pathway metabolite and associated with adiposity gain in young adults. 2017. PNAS. 114(21):E4233-E4240.
Guertin KA, Kristal AR, Grant RK, Arnold KB, Crowley JJ, Hartline JA, Goodman PJ, Tangenc CM, Minasiane LM, Lippmanf SM, Kleing E, Burwell LS, Cassano PA. Effect of vitamin E and selenium on urine F2-Isoprostanes, a biomarker of oxidative stress, in a long-term randomized controlled trial. 2016. FRBM 95:349-56
Burwell LS, Nadtochiy SM, Brookes PS. Cardioprotection by metabolic shut-down and gradual wake-up. 2009. JMCC.46(6): 804-10
Burwell LS and Brookes PS. (2007) Cardioprotective effects of targeting nitric oxide to the mitochondria in ischemia reperfusion injury. Antioxidant and Redox Signaling 10(3): 812-25. Review.
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Principles of Nutrition
Introduction to Health Sciences
Health Science Senior Seminar
Health Science Advising Committee (chair)
Health Science Club Advisor
Rural Health Immersion Program Organizer
American Chemical Society Member
North East Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Educational Policy Committee
Academic Standing, Advising & Admissions Committee