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Core Faculty

These faculty have primary appointments in the Chemistry Department.


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Boeckman, Robert K., Jr.

  • Marshall D. Gates, Jr. Professor of Chemistry

Interests: Total synthesis of alkaloids, terpenes, antibiotics, and antitumor agents; development of new synthetic methodology; applications of con­formational theory

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Bren, Kara L.

  • Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry

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Dinnocenzo, Joseph P.

  • Professor of Chemistry

Interests: Mechanistic and physical organic chemistry

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Fasan, Rudi

  • Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Bioorganic chemistry, biocatalysis, chemical biology; macrocyclic peptide inhibitors of protein-protein interactions; metalloenzyme design and engineering; chemoenzymatic synthesis

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Franco, Ignacio

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics

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Interests: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Frontier, Alison J.

  • Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; cationic cascades

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Huo, Pengfei

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Physical and theoretical chemistry; ab-initio dynamics for understanding chemistry; photo physics of solar energy conversion

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Jones, William D.

  • Charles F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Mechanistic Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Knowles, Kathryn

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Todd D. Krauss

Krauss, Todd D.

  • Professor of Chemistry
    Professor of Optics
  • Chair, Chemistry Department

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Interests: Colloidal Nanoscale Semiconuductors

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Matson, Ellen

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

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McCamant, David W.

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Ultrafast spectroscopy of molecular dynamics in photochemistry; mechanisms of vibrational relaxation

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Neidig, Michael L.

  • Wilmot Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Physical-inorganic chemistry and catalysis

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Nilsson, Bradley L.

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Peptide self-assembly; amyloid peptides; amyloid-inspired materials; bioorganic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry

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Paradine, Shauna

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Organic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry

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Rothberg, Lewis

  • Professor of Chemistry
    Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Interests: Polymer electronics; optoelectronic devices; light-emitting diodes; thin-film transistors; photodetectors; xerographic photoreceptors; biological sensors; electrooptic modulators

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Schröder, Wolf-Udo

  • Professor of Chemistry
    Professor of Physics

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Interests: Dynamics of Complex Nuclear Reactions at intermediate and high energies

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Turner, Douglas H.

  • Professor of Chemistry

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Interests: Biophysical chemistry: nucleic acid structure and function, RNA folding, therapeutics, and prediction of structure from sequence

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Cluster Affiliated Faculty

Faculty in the Clusters have primary appointments in other departments but can mentor Chemistry graduate students.


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DeLouise, Lisa A.

  • Associate Professor of Dermatology
    Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Interests: Engineering Smart Bandage Bio Nanomaterials for Healing Skin

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Dunman, Paul

  • Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Interests: Use of S. aureus and A. baumannii as model organisms to study bacterial pathogenesis and develop novel strategies for the therapeutic intervention of bacterial infections

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Ermolenko, Dmitri

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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Interests: Mechanisms of protein synthesis; Single–molecule microscopy; Mechanics of molecular motors

Sina Ghaemmaghami

Ghaemmaghami, Sina

  • Associate Professor

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Interests: Protein folding and degradation; Neurodegenerative diseases and aging; Prion biology; Proteomics

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Grossfield, Alan M.

  • Associate Professor Biochemistry and Biophysics

Interests: Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation

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Kielkopf, Clara L.

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Interests: Splicing defects in hematologic malignancies; roles of human pre-mRNA splicing factors in HIV-1 infectivity; development of engineered splicing factors for correction of splicing defects; splice sites and their associated proteins as therapeutic targets

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Mathews, David H.

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
    Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology

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Interests: Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics

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Miller, Benjamin L.

  • Professor of Dermatology
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Professor of the Institute for Optics

Interests: Developing new strategies for the sequence-selective recognition of RNA, and using the optical properties of nanostructured materials for the production of novel biosensors

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Phizicky, Eric M.

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Interests: tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications

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Shestopalov, Alexander A.

  • Associate Professor

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Interests: Surface Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Surface Patterning; Nanostructured Materials; Interfacial Thermodynamics

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Wedekind, Joseph E.

  • Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Interests: Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by riboswitches and microRNAs as a basis for therapeutic development

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Research Professors

Research professors do not accept graduate students, but have active research programs within the department.


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Ebetino, Frank Hal

  • Professor of Chemistry, Research

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Interests: Medicinal chemistry and drug design, including bisphosphonates and bone targeted drugs for arthritis and cancer, receptor agonists/antagonists, and epigenetic enzyme inhibitors

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Farid, Samir

  • Professor of Chemistry, Research

Interests: Photo-induced Electron Transfer Reactions

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Mort, Brendan

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Research
  • Director of the Center for Integrated Research and Computing

Interests: High performance computing; application of computing technology to chemistry and biology; computational chemistry algorithm development; molecular dynamics simulations, electronic structure theory

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Instructional Faculty


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Hafensteiner, Benjamin

  • Faculty Lecturer

Interests: Chemical education; total synthesis of natural products; organic synthesis; reaction invention and investigation; cascade reactions

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Olsen, John-Carl

  • Assistant Professor of Teaching

Interests: Chemical education; topologically non-trivial molecules and metal-ligand assemblies; nanoparticles for drug delivery; total synthesis

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Emeritus Faculty

Emeritus faculty no longer teach courses or graduate students, but many are still active contributors to the intellectual life of the department, serving as co-advisors, mentors, and running research programs.


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Eisenberg, Richard

  • Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus

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Interests: Inorganic and organometallic chemistry; synthesis, structure and reaction chemistry

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Farrar, James M.

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

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Interests: Dynamical studies of low energy ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase; imaging studies of collisions; photochemistry of size-selected ionic clusters

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Kreilick, Robert W.

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Interests: Magnetic and Electrical Properties of Solids: Rapid Motion in Solids, Structure of Solids, Energy Transfer in Solids

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Krugh, Thomas R.

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Interests: Biophysical chemistry; structural analysis of biomolecules, energy minimization and molecular dynamics calculations

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Muenter, John S.

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Interests: Spectroscopic Studies of Molecular Properties and Dynamics

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Saunders, William H., Jr.

  • Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Interests: Physical organic chemistry: mechanisms of elimination reactions; isotope effects and isotopic tracers in the study of organic reaction mechanisms; proton transfers; ab initio and vbscf calculations

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Tang, Ching W.

  • Emeritus Professor

Interests: Organic Electronics; Thin-Film Devices; Display Technology; Organic Light Emitting Diodes; Organic Solar Cells; II-VI Semiconductors; CdTe Solar Cells; Thin-Film Deposition & Characterization

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