Faculty & Research

 

Analytical Chemistry

 

 
Bentzley

Catherine Benztley PhD

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Dr. Benztley applies mass spectrometry to identify biologically important molecules including oligonucleotides, volatile organic compounds, and steroids, in an array of samples, from commercial beverages to meat products                                                                                                            .                          

Charles McEwen PhD

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Dr. McEwen develops new ionization methods and integrates them into commericial atmospheric pressure ion sources, making them capable of nearly universal ionization. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Biochemistry & Biophysical Chemistry

 

Nathan Baird PhD

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Dr. Baird employs a battery of techniques, including high-throughput screening and structural methods, to identify and characterize lead compounds that modulate RNA structure and function. His group aims to establish novel assays for devoping therapeautics that target RNA.

 

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Michael Bruist PhD

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Dr. Bruist uses a combination of experimental and computational appraches to study DNA and RNA, and the proteins that interacts with them. 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Yumee Koo, PhD

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Dr. Koo studies the mechanisms of protein-lipid and protein-inhibitor interactions.

 

 

 

 

ZWangZhihong Wang PhD

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Dr. Wang focuses on oncogenic kinases that play a significant role in human cancers. With the goal of developing new cancer therapies, the Wang Laboratory applies biochemical, biological, and structural tools to understand the molecular mechanism of aberrant signaling processes in tumor cells 

 

Organic & Medicinal Chemistry

 

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Elisabetta Fasella PhD

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Dr. Fasella is interested in the development of green organic synthesis methods. 

 

 

 

 

 

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James McKee PhD

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Dr. McKee researches the synthesis of antibiotics- sulfonanilides and sulfones in particular- as well as the preparation of heterocyclic compounds with medical applications.

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John Tomsho PhD

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Dr. Tomsho develops new agents for treating diseases. He and his team combine tools from chemistry and biology to discover synthetic and bio-inspired small molecules and peptides that inhibit enzymes and protein-protein interactions.

 

 

 

 

Inorganic & Materials Chemistry

 

Alexander Sidorenko PhD

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Dr. Sidorenko focuses on materials science and nanochemistry. His group synthesizes polymers and biopolymers and designs and modifies thin films as well as nanostructured and hybrid ("smart") materials. 

 

 

 

 

 

Computational Chemistry & Bioinformatics

 

Preston Moore PhD

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Dr. Moore applies sophisticated computer modeling to understand membrane biophysics and develops new computational chemistry methods that allow the simulation and design of biological relevant nanostructures. 

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Zhijun Li PhD

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Dr. Li focuses on generation and analysis of 3D structures of proteins using computational and bioinformatics tools. His group relies on a broad range of techniques to tackle complex biological problems in multiple dimensions.

 

 

 

 

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Zhiwei Liu PhD

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Dr. Liu studies chemical, biological, and biomedical systems to gain molecular insight into mechanisms of chemical reactions, structure, and dynamics as well as biological functions.

 

 

 

 

Vojislava Pophristic PhD

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Dr. Pophristic uses computational tools to study structures and dynamics of chemical structures that mimic 3D motifs found in biomolecules. Her group also works on computaional design of oligomers for therapeautic applications. 

Randy Zauhar PhD

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Dr. Zauhar works in computer-aided drug discovery and molecular biophysics. He develops new computational tools for indentifying candidate drug molecules, and his group is activeily deceloping new cancer therapeautics and antimicrobials. 

 

 

 

Physical Chemistry 

 

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Frederick Schaefer PhD

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Dr. Schaefer has research interests in physical and polymer chemistry that include characterization of macromolecules in solutions using optical techniques. 

 

 

 

Rodney Wigent PhD

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Dr. Wigent focuses on solution thermodynamics, physical biochemistry, and pharmaceutics, using a wide variety of physicochemical techniques. 

 

Chemical Education 

 

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Madhu Mahalingam PhD

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Dr. Mahalingam is interested in the development and adoption of methodologies in chemistry instruction that enable students to become engaged learners, shifting the focus from faculty instruction to student learning.

 

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Elisabeth Morlino PhD

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Analytical Chemistry

Catherine Bentzley

Charles McEwen

 Biochemistry & Biophysical Chemistry 

Nathan Baird

Michael Bruist

Yumee Koo

Zhihong Wang

Organic & Medicinal Chemistry 

Elisabetta Fasalla

James McKee

John Tomsho

Inorganic & Materials Chemistry

Alexander Sidorenko

Computational Chemistry & Bioinformatics

Preston Moore

Zhijun Li

Zhiwei Liu

Vojislava Pophristic

Randy Zauhar

Physical Chemistry  

Frederick Schaeffer

Rodney Wigent

Chemical Education 

Madhu Mahalingam

Elisabeth Morlino