Biological Chemistry Faculty

Core Faculty

These faculty have primary appointments in the Chemistry Department.

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Bren, Kara L.

Professor of Chemistry | (585) 275-4335
448 Hutchison Hall

Interests: Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry

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Fasan, Rudi

Associate Professor of Chemistry | (585) 273-3504
416 Hutchison Hall

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 | (585) 275-8209
454 Hutchison Hall

Interests: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Krugh, Thomas R.

Professor of Chemistry | (585) 275-4224
459 Hutchison Hall

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

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McCamant, David W.

Associate Professor of Chemistry | (585) 276-3122
B30 Hutchison Hall

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

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Nilsson, Bradley L.

Associate Professor of Chemistry | (585) 276-3053
417 Hutchison Hall

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

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Turner, Douglas H.

Professor of Chemistry | (585) 275-3207
B08 Hutchison Hall

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

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Weix, Daniel J.

Associate Professor of Chemistry | (585) 275-8383
412 Hutchison Hall

Interests: Organic methods development; transition-metal catalyzed reactions; organometallic chemistry; mechanism

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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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Ermolenko, Dmitri

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics | (585) 275-3704
3-8555 Medical Center

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

Sina Ghaemmaghami

Ghaemmaghami, Sina

Assistant Professor | (585) 275-4829
326A Hutchison

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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Krysan, Damian J.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Associate Professorof Microbiology and Immunology | (585) 275-9729

Interests: Fungal Cell Wall Biology and High Throughput Screening for Antifungal Drugs

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Mathews, David H.

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology | (585) 275-1734

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 | (585) 275-9805

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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Mukaibo, Hitomi

Assistant Professor | (585) 275-2355
201E Gavett Hall

Interests: Bioanalytical Chemistry; Bio-Nanoscience; Electrochemistry; Energy Storage & Production; Biosensors; Chemistry at Interfaces; Materials Science

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Phizicky, Eric M.

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics | (585) 275-7268

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

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Wedekind, Joseph E.

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics | (585) 273-4516

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 | (513) 532-4084

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