Dr. Rezler received her Bachelor of Science with Honors (1996) and Doctor of Philosophy (2001)
degrees in Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Australia. She then moved to Tucson, Arizona
and carried out Postdoctoral research at the Arizona Cancer Center in the laboratory of Dr.
Laurence Hurley investigating the formation and structure of G-quadruplexes in the promoter
regions of oncogenes and their putative role in the onset and progression of various cancers
In January 2004 Dr. Rezler joined the research group of Dr. Gregg Fields at Florida Atlantic
University where she worked on various projects including: development of liposomes
specifically targeted to cellular receptors or proteases in metastatic melanoma cells,
establishment and characterization of melanoma cell lines from patient tissues and investigation
of the mechanism of drug delivery by cell selective cell penetrating peptides.
In May 2006 Dr. Rezler joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department as a full-time
Instructor and Director of the Organic Chemistry Laboratories at Florida Atlantic University. In
July 2007 Dr. Rezler was appointed Assistant Scientist in the Department. In 2014 Dr. Rezler was
promoted to Associate Scientist. In 2015 Dr. Rezler was appointed Assistant Dean for Assessment
in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
Dr. Rezler's main research interests are in chemical education: the adaptation and incorporation
of novel and specifically spectroscopy-based research into the undergraduate curriculum to
enhance active participation and increase student engagement in their learning process.
Additionally, her biomolecular research interests focus on: 1. the development and application
of spectroscopic techniques to investigate mechanisms of delivery and up-take of cell
penetrating peptides (CPPs) and other potential drug carriers into live cells; and 2. the study of
the roles of secondary DNA structures (such as G-quadruplexes) in mediating cancer onset (and
aging) in oncogene promoter regions and telomeres. The biological roles of secondary structures
of RNA based molecules (e.g. siRNA and ribozymes) in the human body are also of great interest
and very amenable to study using various spectroscopic techniques.
Dr. Rezler teaches the Organic Chemistry I (CHM2210), Organic Chemistry II (CHM2211), Organic
Chemistry Lab (CHML2211) Inorganic Chemistry (CHM3609) and Inorganic Chemistry Lab
(CHML3609) courses and has research opportunities available in her Lab for undergraduate
students (Directed Independent Study, CHM 4905). Prospective applicants must have completed
both the the Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Chemistry Lab as well as Inorganic Chemistry
Lecture and Lab courses.