Research Focus Areas

Research being conducted within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has practical applications in everyday life–from the heath care and medications we receive to the energy we use to make our world go, and beyond. Learn about our faculty’s research interests.

José M. Argüello

Mechanisms of micronutrient metal transport in biological systems; membrane protein chemistry; role of micronutrient metals in pathogenic virulence and endocytic symbiosis; role of bacterial metal transport proteins in tuberculosis and in plant nitrogen fixation. Learn more about Professor Argüello...  

Shawn Burdette

Bioorganic zinc chemistry; metals in neurotransmission; metal ion signaling in biology; metal in homeostasis; metal ion chelators: binding and selectivity; organic photochemistry/photochemical tools; small- molecule and polymer-based fluorescent sensors; new fluorophores and chromophores; ligand synthesis; living polymerization methods. Learn more about Professor Burdette...   

Robert E. Connors

Molecules that generate, store, and release singlet oxygen; photophysics; photochemistry; photocatalysis. Learn more about Professor Connors...      

Robert E. Dempski

Investigation of the conformational dynamics of membrane proteins on the surface of single cells using voltage clamp fluorometry; examination of the molecular determinants of zinc transport by the ZIP family of proteins. Learn more about Professor Dempski... 

James P. Dittami

Organic synthesis; natural product synthesis; synthetic photochemistry; drug development and drug discovery. Learn more about Professor Dittami...     

Joseph B. Duffy

Signal transduction; cancer biology; neurobiology; adhesion/barrier biology; evo-devo/pattern formation. Learn more about Professor Duffy...  

Marion H. Emmert

Homogeneous catalysis; organometallic chemistry; CO2 conversion/solar fuels; waste-free chemical processes; direct C-H functionalization; green chemistry; mechanistic investigations of catalytic processes. Learn more about Professor Emmert...      

Arne Gericke

Membrane biophysics; lipid-mediated protein functions (phosphoinositides, sphingolipids); membrane trafficking; vibrational spectroscopic imaging of tissue. Learn more about Professor Gericke...

Destin Heilman

Animal virus protein; apoptosis; cancer cell selectivity; subcellular localization; functional domain mutagenesis. Learn more about Professor Heilman... 

George A. Kaminski

Computational chemistry/molecular modeling; protein simulations; force field development; Monte Carlo simulations. Learn more about Professor Kaminski...   

Christopher R. Lambert

Antimicrobial surfaces for device implantation; neuroprosthetics for regenerating nerves and enabling devices; passive cell sorting for blood purification; bioreactor development for tissue growth, manufacturing therapeutics, and creating biofuels; organic photovoltaics; acetylcholinesterase inhibition sensing; blood analytes sensing. Learn more about Professor Lambert...  

John C. MacDonald

Surface chemistry: molecular thin films; materials chemistry: porous solides (environmental remediation); solid-state organic chemistry: crystal engineering, polymorphism, chiral separations. Learn more about Professor MacDonald...     

Reeta Prusty Rao

Fungal pathogenesis--fungal virulence factors, host immune system modifies, secondary metabolite signals in pathogenesis; therapeutics—high-throughput drug screens; biofuels--bio-butanol from cellulosic feedstock. Learn more about Professor Prusty Rao...

Pamela Weathers

Artemisinin biosynthesis in the plant, Artemisia annua; development of an edible artemisinin for use in combating malaria and other artemisinin-sensitive diseases, especially in developing countries; development of bioreactors for culture of differentiated tissues of plants and animals; production of biofuels from oil-forming algae. Learn more about Professor Weathers...