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Lisa Sharpe Elles

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Ripon College, Bachelor of Arts
Northwestern University, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
Assistant Professor, Washburn University, August 2009-present
Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow, Pomona College, August 2008-May 2009
  • CH 121 A, General, Organic & Bio Chem
  • CH 121 AR, General, Organic & Bio Chem
  • CH 121 BR, General, Organic & Bio Chem
  • CH 121 L1, General, Organic & Bio Chem
  • CH 121 L2, General, Organic & Bio Chem
  • CH 212 HN, Chemistry of Food and Cooking
  • CH 350 A, Biochemistry I
  • CH 351 A, Biochemistry Lab
  • CH 351 L1, Biochemistry Lab
  • CH 390 C, Undergrad Chemical Research
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Research: "Exploring the Roles of Trans-Acting Proteins in E. coli Ribosome Assembly"

Interest: Chemistry of Cooking and Food
Service Interests/Activities

Chemistry Club (American Chemical Society Student Chapter) Advisor

Women in Science Day at Washburn University Session Co-Organizer

Chemistry Day at Washburn University

Secretary of the Wakarusa Valley Section of the American Chemical Society

College Faculty Council Member

University Honors Advisory Board

K-12 chemistry outreach

Career Accomplishments
Sharpe Elles, L.M.; Sykes, M.T.; Williamson, J.R.; and Uhlenbeck, O.C., A dominant negative mutant of the E. coli RNA helicase, DbpA, blocks late stage assembly of the 50S ribosomal subunit, Nucleic Acids Research, 37, (19), 6503-6514, (2009)

Sharpe Elles, L.M. and Uhlenbeck, O.C., Mutation of the arginine finger in the active site of Escherichia coli DbpA abolishes ATPase and helicase activity and confers a dominant slow growth phenotype, Nucleic Acids Research, 36(1), 41-50 (2008).