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Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Nikita Burrows: Investigation and development of meaningful learning environments for students in lower
division undergraduate chemistry courses.

Dr. Davis Jose: Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions, Nucleic Acid Conformations

Dr. Ilyong Jung: Biophysics of microorganism locomotion

Dr. Dmitri Kosenkov: Computational and Theoretical chemistry with applications to investigation of chemical dynamics of biological systems. The goal of our research efforts is to understand fundamental laws that control chemistry in living cells.

Dr. Massimiliano Lamberto: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Kayla Lewis: Impacts of global warming, such as Arctic landscape deformation, and technologies designed to combat warming, such as CO2 sequestration. Fluid flow and crustal deformation in seafloor hydrothermal systems.

Dr. Greg Moehring: Physical Studies of high coordination number rhenium polyhydride complexes. Acidolysis of organocarbonato complexes as a synthetic route to potential cytotoxins.

Dr. Jonathan Ouellet: Creation of RNA aptamers by different SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment) methods. Fusion of RNA aptamer modules to engineer artificial riboswitch. Bioinformatics and structural studies of the EBOLA virus UTRs (untranslated region).

Dr. Datta Naik: Synthesis and characterization of new organocarbonato complexes of Rhenium and Ruthenium. Study of interaction between DNA and derivatives of organocarbonato complexes.

Dr. Tsanangurayi Tongesayi: Biogeochemistry and chemical toxicity: heavy metal(loid)s, engineered nanomaterials, microplastics and persistent organic pollutants. Development of analytical methods to quantify nano-levels of toxic chemical species in environmental samples; methods to remove toxic pollutants from water; nanotechnology-based decontamination methods.