Sheryl A. Dykstra

Sheryl A. Dykstra

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  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Instrumentation Laboratories and Chem 213
211 Whitmore Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 867-2658


  1. B.S., Biochemistry, Grove City College, 2003
  2. Ph.D., Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008

Selected Publications:

Boonyarattanakalin, S., Hu, J., Dykstra-Rummel, S., August, A., and Peterson, B. R. “Endocytic Delivery of Vancomycin Mediated by a Synthetic Cell Surface Receptor: Rescue of Bacterially Infected Mammalian Cells and Tissue Targeting In Vivo” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 268-269.

Boonyarattanakalin, S., Martin, S. E., Dykstra, S. A. and Peterson, B. R. “Synthetic Mimics of Small Mammalian Cell Surface Receptors” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 16379-16386.


The instrument room in Whitmore was designed to be a classroom environment for students, emphasizing learning and data analysis.  Each student experiences a hands-on use of all the instrumentation in 206 Whitmore and I encourage development of independence and understanding with each instrument.  Close interaction with students helps them become prepared for instrumentation use in upper level courses, summer research experiences, jobs, or graduate school.

The acquisition of new research-grade instrumentation is important for the quality of analysis done by undergraduate students.  Our instrumentation currently available to students in organic chemistry courses includes:  two 60 MHz Anasazi NMR Spectrometers, a Bruker 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer, two HP Gas Chromatographs (HP6890 and HP5890-II), a Thermo Nicolet FT-IR equipped with a Diamond ATR accessory and DRIFT accessory, a Thermo GC-MS, a HP UV/Vis, and a Rudolph Polarimeter.  Instrumentation that will be available to our advanced organic chemistry students includes HPLC, LC-MS, and a Biorad Digilab Series 7000 FT-IR Spectrometer.

In addition to improving undergraduate instrumentation, interacting closely with the other undergraduate lab directors to develop curriculum and instrumentation techniques is vital to improving lab courses.