Date of Award

Summer 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jean A. Chmielewsky

Committee Chair

Jean A. Chmielewsky

Committee Member 1

Arun K. Ghosh

Committee Member 2

Christine A. Hyrcyna


Antimicrobial resistance has been an exponentially growing problem since the discovery of antibiotics. Antibiotics have been misused for many years and this misuse has grown into a real problem for the medical community. While there are countless safeguards to prevent infection by a resistant strain of bacteria, there are still many plagued by it and must be treated with sometimes dangerous antibiotics. Melittin, along with many other peptides, contain potent antimicrobial properties, but are also toxic toward enthrocytes. The control of the secondary structure of peptides provides the key to adjusting their activity.