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Faculty & Staff
Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Teaches courses in organic chemistry, biological chemistry, and microbiology. He and his students research motility and biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic pathogen important in cystic fibrosis and the colonization of medical devices. Recent research centers on finding mutants in which motility regulation is defective and identifying the genes responsible. Ph.D. in molecular biology, UCLA.
Professor of Chemistry
Teaches courses in organic chemistry, Chemical Principles I & II, and non-majors courses such as Chemistry of Artists' Materials. His research with students is concerned primarily with organic dyes and the relationship between structure and optical properties. Ph.D. in organic chemistry, University of Minnesota.
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Teaches introductory and advanced classes in chemistry and biology with an emphasis in biochemistry. Students in his lab study the production of bacterial metabolites that inhibit plant pathogens. The bacteria producing these metabolites are sometimes used in place of agricultural pesticides to manage plant disease. Ph.D in biochemistry and biophysics, Oregon State University.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Teaches courses in Organic Chemistry, Chemical Principles I and II, and an advanced topics course in pharmacology and chemical biology. He and his students apply physics and chemistry to biological models to study how components of human diet, including cholesterol, fatty acids, and drugs, impact ion channel function. The long-term goal is to predict and control drug side effects and off-target effects. Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology.
Professor of Chemistry
Teaches courses in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and Chemical Principles I & II. She and her students pursue research projects in bioinorganic chemistry and analytical chemistry. Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Teaches courses in physical chemistry, Chemical Principles I & II, and other courses. He and his students study how polyoxometalates interact with environmentally relevant surfaces such as silica and alumina. The long-term goal of this work relates to environmental remediation of heavy metals. Newer student/faculty research projects relate to computational chemistry. Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Addison Ault (emeritus), Laboratory instructor
- Truman Jordan (emeritus), Lecturer
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Ph.D., Harvard University