Maria Ballester, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Physics
(954) 262-8178
mballest@nova.edu

Education

Areas of Academic Focus

Experience

Grant funded research

Professional Memberships

Publications

  1. Duran E, Ramsauer VP, Torrenegra RD, Rodriguez OE, Ballester M, Winkle SA. 2012. “Qualitative analysis of sequence specific binding of flavones to DNA using restriction endonuclease activity assays. Biopolymers”. Accepted on December 2012.
  2. Thomas CM, Wood III RC, Wyatt JE, Pendleton MH, Rodriguez OE, Torrenegra RD, Harirforoosh S, Ballester M, Lightner J, Krishnan K, and Ramsauer VP. 2012. “Anti-neoplastic activity of two flavone isomers derived from Gnaphalium elegans and Achyrocline bogotensis”. PLoS One 7(6):e39806.

Posters

  1. Molecular Modeling of tetra(methylpyridyl) Porphines Binding to ΦX174 DNA Sequences”, Jessica Millar. ACS Dallas, March 17, 2014.
  2.  “NH tautomerization of tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives”, Biana Modilevsky. ACS Dallas, March 17, 2014.
  3. Probing Sequence and topological specificity in the binding of tetra (methylpyridyl) porphines to DNA” presented at the Biophysical Society 58th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. February 15-19, 2014. Collaboration with Stephen A. Winkle, PhD (Florida International University).
  4. “Calculation of Energy Barriers for the Tautomerization in H2(5-NO2OEP, H25NO2ETIOI), and H2(5, 10, 15-triNO2OEP) Using Variable-Temperature Proton NMR Spectroscopy”, Fifth Annual Faculty Symposium, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, NSU, April 9, 2012.
  5.  “Enthalpies of solution, proton exchange, and metal exchange of porphyrins and metalloporphyrins: Discussion of conformational and electronic considerations.” R. Lopez de la Vega, J. M. E. Quirke, M. Ballester, N. B. Mintz. ACS Meeting in New Orleans, Spring 2003.
  6. “Interlaboratory studies on multiplexed mtDNA HVI & II and Y chromosome SNP kits using an automated liquid bead array system.” et al20 Biloxi MS Promega October 2001.

Other presentations

  1. Forensic Science: Fingerprint Analysis”. Lecture presentation at the Nova High School. March 7, 2013 and February 27, 2014.
  2. Forensic Science: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis”. Lecture presentation at the Nova High School. March 2, 2012.
  3. Forensic Science: Fingerprint Analysis”. Lecture presentation at the High School of the Archdiocese of Miami. March 29th, 2012
  4. Forensic Science: Fingerprint Analysis”. Lecture presentation at the Pompano Beach High School. March, 2012
  5. Forensic Science: Fingerprint Analysis”. Lecture presentation at the Sheridan Hills Christian High School. April 20, 2012.
  1. Presentation for Earth date with ACS student chapter at NSU in Falcon Cove Middle School, Weston, Florida. Experiments: The exploding bag (release of carbon dioxide), elephant toothpaste, spectra of light, colored carnations, mysterious mixtures using paper chromatography, the sinking boat, and dry ice crystal ball bubble. April 22, 2014.
  2. Presentations with the Pace Girls about Fingerprinting in Forensic, October 2012, March 14, 2013, October 17, 2013 and March 13, 2014
  3. Diffusion” Outreach program sponsored by the ACS student chapter at NSU at Tequesta Trace presentation. November 8, 2013
  4. What is CO2?” Outreach program sponsored by the ACS student chapter at NSU at Falcon Cove Middle School, in Weston, FL, October 13, 2012.
  5. Chemistry for Elementary School Students: Acid-base chemistry”. Outreach program sponsored by the ACS student chapter at NSU at Everglades Elementary, in Weston, FL. Jan. 12, 2012.
  6. Co‐Presenter (with Dr. Giarikos, Dr. Castro, Dr. Gao, and Dr. Armentrout): “Japan Nuclear Accident: Scientific Basis, Engineering Design, and Policy Implications”, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, NSU. April 26, 2011.
  7. Served as a co-advisor and organizing committee for the Green Chemistry” High School Poster Competition 2010, Nova Southeastern University.
  8. Lifelong Learning Institute, “The Scientific Method”, in December 2009.
  9. Research work presented by Independent study students
  10. Tetraphenylporphyrin Derivatives Interactions in Cancer Cells. Biana Modilevsky. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 4, 2014. (Honorable mention)
  11. Predicting Porphyrin Basicity Using Semi-Empirical Methods. Haley McKissack. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 4, 2014. (Honorable mention)
  12. Analysis by GCMS of Flavone Isomers in Pancreatic Cancer Cells. Daniela Fernandez. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 4, 2014.
  13. Molecular Modeling of tetra(methylpyridyl) Porphines Binding toΦX174 DNA Sequences. Jessica Millar. ACS Dallas, March 17, 2014
  14. NH tautomerization of tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives (extended work). Biana Modilevsky. ACS Dallas, March 17, 2014
  15. NH tautomerization of tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives. Biana Modilevsky. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 12, 2013.
  16. Porphyrin Geometry- Associated Energy and Binding Conformation. Jessica Millar. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 12, 2013.
  17. Antibacterial Properties of Meso-Substituted Cationic and Anionic Porphyrins. Mohamad El Churafa. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 13, 2012
  18. The effects on the UV spectra of H2pOH-TPhP as dication and dianion formation occurs. Alexis Otero, Yadira Barreiro, and Priya Mohan. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 13, 2012
  19. Characterization of the UV Absorption Spectra of N-Methylpyrydil Porphyrins. Kevin Winters. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 13, 2012
  20. Dipole moment of Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) porphyrins and out of plane distortions quantified by semi empirical methods and compared to TLC results. Dean Kalam. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April 8, 2011. (Honorable mention)
  21. Investigation of a Crime Scene: Applying Biological and Chemical Forensic Techniques. (Collaboration with Dr. Roopnarine). Lindsey Nowland, Sagir Patel. Undergraduate Student Symposium Paper Session 2011 (Second Place)
  22. Correlation of molecular mechanics to the red shift in the optical absorption of phenyl substituted porphyrins. Kristen Franchy, Walter Castro, and Juliana Ospina. NSU Undergraduate Student Symposium, April, 2010.
  1. Laboratory research, including spectroscopic analysis, extensive record keeping, regular maintenance of analytical instrumentation, purification, literature search, and calorimetry.
  2. Charaterization methods: NMR (High and Low temperature included), UV-Vis spectroscopy.
  3. Teaching undergraduate chemistry labs: Chemistry and Society, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry.
  4. Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Florida International University (January 1997 – September 1998)
  5. Laboratory research, including techniques as enzyme assay, DNA extraction, purification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and  Multiplexed in Y-snps and mt DNA.
  6. Other skills: Excel, Word, Power Point, Hyperchem, Gaussian, Chem-Draw, and Matlab.