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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Group Profiles

Saeed Attar, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Reno

Catalytic asymmetric organic transformations. Organic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis, structural chemistry. Synthesis - new methods and applications.

Cory L. Brooks, Ph.D.
University of Victoria, Canada

X-ray crystallography, structural biology and protein engineering. Therapeutic antibodies for detecting and treating cancer and infectious diseases.

Qiao-Hong Chen, Ph.D.
Sichuan University, China

Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. Research in Dr. Chen’s group is focused on development of natural products-based anticancer agents.

Jai-Pil Choi, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin

Synthesis of nanomaterials, Electrochemical and optical analyses of nanomaterials, and Applications of nanomaterials in chemical/biological sensing and energy conversions. Analytical and nanomaterials chemistry; electron and energy transfer in the donor/acceptor systems; sensor applications based on nanomaterials.

Laurent Dejean, Ph.D.
University of Bordeaux 2, France

Apoptosis. Biochemistry and cell biology; mitochondrial physiology, metabolism, and bioenergetics; study of the role of Bcl-2 family proteins during programmed cell death in normal and cancer cell models.

Dermot F. Donnelly, Ph.D.
University of Limerick, Ireland

Educational Technologies. Learning sciences; inquiry pedagogy; online learning environments; simulations; virtual labs; Web 2.0 technologies; teacher professional development; technology integration.

Joseph R. Gandler, Ph.D.
University of California Santa Cruz

Proton transfer; nucleophilic substitution and B-elimination reactions; acid-base catalysis; solvent effects.

Melissa L. Golden, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

Bioinorganic chemistry of nickel compounds. Biological inorganic chemistry, in particular, reactivity and structure of sulfur containing transition metal complexes.

Joy J. Goto, Ph.D.
University of California Los Angeles

Biochemistry of Neurodegenerative diseases. Neurobiochemistry; transition metal ion homeostasis; Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism of neurodegeneration.

Alam Hasson, Ph.D.
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Air pollutant monitoring and emissions measurements, Atmospheric chemistry of pollutants, Health impacts of air toxics. Kinetics and mechanisms of atmospheric processes; field measurements of pollutants.

Krish Krishnan, Ph.D.
Indian Institute of Science, India

Biophysics. Biophysical Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Biomolecular NMR, Computational biology and Bioinformatics.

Kalyani Maitra, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Reno

Bioorganic chemistry, catalysis and bioenergy.

Santanu Maitra, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Reno

Medicinal Chemistry. Bioorganic, Organic & Medicinal Chemistry. Special interests in microwave assisted reactions and environment friendly green chemistry.

Hubert Muchalski, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University

Organic Chemistry.  Development of new stereoselective reactions, catalysis, reaction mechanisms. New approaches to the synthesis of isotopically-labeled lipids. Chemical biology of lipid peroxidation.

Kin C. Ng, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati

Single molecule measurements and spectroscopy. Laser and Plasma Spectroscopy. Single Molecule Detection.

Eric Person, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco

Forensic fire debris analysis, Clandestine laboratory investigation, Water quality testing. Forensic chemistry including fire debris and drug analysis; applied analytical techniques and instructional materials.