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    Cindy Strong

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in analytical chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, and Chemical Principles I & II. She and her students study the protein superoxide dismutase, a copper- and zinc-containing enzyme that has been implicated in one form of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). They are producing mutant forms of the human enzyme and studying their metal-binding properties. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; B.A., Whitman College

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    Jeff Cardon

    Professor of Biology and Chemistry

    Teaches Organic Chemistry I & II, Biological Chemistry, and Biochemistry. 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., UCLA; B.S., University of Utah

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    Charley Liberko

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in organic chemistry, Chemical Principles I & II, and non-majors courses such as Chemistry in the Natural World and Chemistry of Artists' Materials. His research with students is concerned primarily with organic dyes and the relationship between structure and optical properties. Ph.D., University of Minnesota; B.A., College of St. Thomas

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    Brian Nowak-Thompson

    Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

    Teaches introductory 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. and M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., Northland College

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    Jai Shanata

    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 study how components of human diet, including cholesterol, fatty acids, and drugs, impact ion channel function, with the long-term goal of predicting and controlling drug side effects and off-target effects. Their interdisciplinary research applies physics and chemistry to a biological model system by performing single-molecule electrophysiology in planar lipid bilayers. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; B.A., Cornell College

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    Craig Teague

    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. Professor Teague is also interested in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, both with and without using polyoxometalates as stabilizing agents. Newer student/faculty research projects relate to computational chemistry. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S., Missouri State University

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    Diane Gingerich Feil

    Laboratory Instructor of Biology and Chemistry

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    Charles Halsey

    Laboratory Instructor of Chemistry

     318 West Science Center
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    Andrea Pionek

    Laboratory Instructor and Lecturer in Chemistry

     317B West Science Center
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    Jana Klein

    Chemical Stockroom Assistant

     309 West Science Center

Emeriti Faculty

  • Addison Ault

    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

    Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Amherst College.

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  • William Deskin

    Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

    B.S.Ed., B.A., Northeast Missouri State College; M.A., University of Missouri; Ph.D., The University of Iowa.

  • Truman Jordan

    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

    Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Albion College.