|Faculty and Areas of Specialization|
|Yong Ba (Physical and Biophysical Chemistry)|
The development and applications of magnetic resonance techniques for the studies of physicochemical properties of biomedically related macromolecules, hydrogel systems and nano-structured drug carriers.
My research activities are designed to investigate the effects of sunlight on pollutants at the air-water interface. For example, sunlight may react with elevated nitrate concentrations in watersheds to change the oxidation capacity of the water and the air. In addition, many pesticides in air and water are decomposed by sunlight; however, little is known about the decomposition products. My research group investigates these types of fundamental questions using ion chromatography and LC/MS/MS.
|Anthony Fratiello (Physical Chemistry)|
| ||Multinuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic studies of metal-ion complexes, with an emphasis on the lanthanide series (EMERITUS)|
|Frank A. Gomez (Inorganic Chemistry)|
| ||Biological applications of capillary electrophoresis (CE) with a particular interest in molecular recognition and analysis of in-capillary enzyme-mediated transformations; bioinorganic, bioorganometallic, and main-group synthetic chemistry.|
|Scott D. Grover (Biochemistry)|
| ||Enzymes as control elements in metabolic regulation. Molecular characterization of binding sites for enzyme activators and inhibitors.|
|Carlos G. Gutierrez (Organic Chemistry)|
| ||Synthetic organic chemistry. Synthesis of highly substituted crown ethers as selective ionophores and enzyme mimics; ferric ion binding ligands as potential therapeutic agents for thalassermia; and other biologically active substances.|
Michael L. Hayes (Biochemistry)
| ||Biochemical processes and protein machinery that modify and controls ribonucleic acids (RNAs). An improved understanding of the regulation of RNA metabolism will lead to the development of new biotechnolotical tools|
|Yangyang Liu (Inorganic and Materials Chemistry)|
Design and synthesis of nanoporous materials (e.g. Metal-Organic Frameworks) for applications including energy storage, gas separation, carbon capture, catalysis, sensing, drug delivery and semiconductors. Our group is also interested in exploring new hybrid materials and studying the structure-property relationship through collaborations with computational scientists and industry.
|Alison McCurdy (Organic Chemistry)|
| ||Bioorganic Chemistry . Synthesis of organic molecules designed to mimic calcium signaling in cells by binding and releasing calcium ions in response to light. Investigation of the energetics of amino acid side-chain interactions in simple artificial proteins|
|Jamil Momand (Biochemistry)|
| ||Redox regulation of signal transduction pathways with a particular emphasis on the p53 tumor suppressor protein. Development of new assays for quantitative and qualitative analysis of oxidation reactions of protein amino acid residues.|
|Scott Nickolaisen (Physical Chemistry)|
| ||Kinetic study of the gas phase photolysis of alkanes using flash photolysis/infrared photochemical techniques.|
|James Rudd (Chemistry Education)|
My research interests include the study and development of science
instruction that promotes active learning through the use of writing tasks, guided-inquiry methods, collaborative learning environments, and computer-based animations.
|Matthias Selke (Organic Chemistry)|
| ||Mechanistic organic, bioorganic, and organometallic chemistry, models for oxygen activation in enzymatic reactions. Organic and organometallic photochemistry. Chemistry of singlet oxygen.|
|Wayne Tikkanen (Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry)|
| ||Use of asymmetric zirconocene complexes in stereospecific synthesis; synthesis and characterization of heterobinuclear transition metal complexes.|
|Linda Tunstad (Organic Chemistry)|
| ||Synthetic organic chemistry; Synthesis of macrocycles for host-guest complexation studies.|
|Robert L. Vellanoweth (Biochemistry) |
| ||Characterization of biochemical and molecular genetic events in the senescence of leaf tissue in Arabidopsis thaliana. Identification and cloning of senescence-specific genes and analysis of their regulation at the transcriptional level. Genetic dissection of leaf longevity using mutational approaches.|
|Yixian Wang (Analytical Chemistry)|
Nanoscale electrochemical imaging/analysis. Interested areas: imaging single catalytic nanoparticles and relating the catalytic efficiency to structures; studying drug-protein interaction from single cell analysis; developing electrochemical sensors for environmental and food safety
|Xin Wen (Biophysical Chemistry)|
| ||My research interests are at the chemistry-biology interface. We aim to understand the relationships between protein structure, dynamics, and function by integrating molecular biology techniques with biophysical methods (primarily NMR and CD). In particular, we are currently working on two biological systems to address how the interactions of protein-small molecule affect the structure of the protein, and accordingly the biological role of the protein: (1) Antifreeze protein and small molecule interactions, and (2) Zinc finger protein and toxic metal ion interactions.|
|Feimeng Zhou (Analytical Chemistry)|
| ||Developing various sensitive instrumental methods to analyze environmentally and biologically important species using electrochemical and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopic methods. Also, developing electrochemically- based biosensors|
Cecilia Zurita Lopez (Biochemistry)
Assessing the functional role of protein arginine methylation including the effects of methylation with respect to other modifications such as phosphorylation function.