Associate Lab Director University of Florida Branch and Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Facility Director
Long was an inaugural member of the Sturgis Fellows at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with minors in math, French, and microbiology in 1990. She received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1997 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she held an NSF Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her thesis research, under the direction of Robert Griffin, utilized solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at high magnetic fields to study the interplay between structure and dynamics in biological systems.
Long then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington using NMR spectroscopy to study biomineralization. In 2000, she accepted a staff scientist position in the department of chemistry at the University of Washington, developing and supporting high-field NMR experiments. In 2002, she was recruited to the University of Florida (UF) to head her own research group.
In 2009, Long became director of the MagLab's AMRIS Facility, with primary responsibility for its science and technology portfolio in high-field MRI and NMR spectroscopy. Long is also a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at UF, where her research group uses NMR spectroscopy to study the molecular underpinnings of biofilm formation, pulmonary surfactant properties, and dynamic nuclear polarization.
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