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Faculty with a focus in Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry is broadly defined as the study of the compounds of carbon and includes a variety of subfields including: Polymer Chemistry, the study of giant molecules (e.g., nylon and kevlar) made by coupling together many, much smaller molecules; Natural Products Chemistry, the synthesis of compounds based on those found in nature (e.g., cholesterol, estrogens, and taxol) and it's closely related field, Pharmacognosy, focused on the identification and characterization of compounds isolated from plants; as well as Heterocyclic Chemistry, the study of compounds (e.g. caffeine and morphine) that have at least one ring incorporating atoms other than carbon (e.g., nitrogen, sulfur).

In addition, a large number of related fields, such as Medicinal Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology all rely on a clear understanding of the fundamentals of Organic Chemistry.

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

Adeboye Adejare, Ph.D. *

  • Drug targeting
  • Mechanisms of neurodegeneration
  • Chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds
  • Pharmaceutical profiling

Elisabetta Fasella, Ph.D. §

  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Enzyme catalysis

Alfonso R. Gennaro (Emeritus), Ph.D.

  • Analytical drug detection development
  • Drug interactions
  • Free radical initiation of drug decomposition

Joel M. Kauffman (Emeritus), Ph.D.

  • Synthesis of new drugs
  • Fluorescent laser dyes
  • Fluorescent stains for microscopy
  • Exposing fraud in mainstream medicine

Yumee K. Koo, Ph.D. §

  • Chemical education
  • Protein interactions

James R. Mckee, Ph.D.

  • Chemistry of the trihalomethyl group
  • Isonitrile antibiotics
  • Chemical education

Guillermo Moyna, Ph.D.

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

Charles J. Thoman (Emeritus), Ph.D.

  • Chemistry of sydnones and derivatives
  • Chemistry/biochemistry of Polysorbate 80
  • Synthesis of potential anticancer/antiviral drugs

John Tomsho, Ph.D.

  • Organic Systhesis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bioorganic

Nathan M. West, Ph.D. ‡

  • Organometallic transformations of the transition metals
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Green chemistry

Murray Zanger (Emeritus), Ph.D.

  • Organic syntheses
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Proton NMR

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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