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Faculty with a focus in Biochemistry

The complexity of life can ultimately be interpreted in chemical terms. Biochemistry attempts to explain how the individually lifeless molecules in an organism, composed primarily of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen, can collectively replicate themselves, extract energy and respond to stimuli from the environment. Biochemistry borrows from such diverse disciplines as organic chemistry, thermodynamics and biology. It is one of our fastest-growing and fascinating branches of science.

Faculty with a focus in Biochemistry include the following (explanation of the symbols, *, §, ‡ are listed below):

Catherine M. Bentzley, Ph.D.

  • Mass spectrometry of biological molecules

Edward R. Birnbaum, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Lanthanide Chemistry
  • Calcium-Binding Peptides and Proteins

Michael F. Bruist, Ph.D.

  • Nucleic acid biochemistry
  • Chemistry of DNA rearrangements
  • DNA-protein interactions

Elisabetta Fasella, Ph.D. §

  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Enzyme catalysis

Peter J. Harvison, Ph.D. *

  • Drug metabolism
  • HPLC method development
  • Structure activity/toxicity relationships

Yumee K. Koo, Ph.D. §

  • Chemical education
  • Protein interactions

Zhijun Li, Ph.D. *

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Molecular Modeling

Preston B. Moore, Ph.D.

  • Molecular Interactions within Biological Systems
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Guillermo Moyna, Ph.D.

  • Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy
  • Computational chemistry
  • Computer-assisted rational drug design

Vojislava Pophristic, Ph.D.

  • Molecular Interactions within Biological Systems
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Inorganic Clusters

John R. Porter, Ph.D. *

  • Natural products chemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Plant-microbe interactions

Julian W. Snow, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

  • Structure of serum apolipoproteins
  • Serum apolipoprotein-lipid interactions
  • Thermodynamics of amphiphile-membrane interactions

John Tomsho, Ph.D.

  • Organic Systhesis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bioorganic

Randy J. Zauhar, Ph.D.

  • Computational chemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer-aided drug design

Research Advising Ability

§ May serve as a research advisor for undergraduate students
* Research Professors from other departments who may serve as research advisors for graduate students in their appropriate area of expertise
May serve as a research advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students
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