Chemistry & Biochemistry

Headshot of Assistant Professor Miriam Bennett

Miriam Bennett

(MBRS Alumni: Jean Werle)

Assistant Professor
Program Area: Inorganic Chemistry
Research Interests: Issues related to sustainable development and energy consumption will be addressed through synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry.
Office: GMCS 213B
Office Phone: 619-594-5481
E-mail: mbennett@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Bennett/

 

 

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Carl Carrano

(MBRS Student: Jerrell Tisnado; MBRS Alumni: Ariel Romano)

Professor and Chair
Program Area: Bioinorganic Chemistry
Research Interests: Bioinorganic chemistry, these extend from models for zinc, molybdenum and non-heme iron metalloprotein active sites, to design of metal complexes as artificial restriction enzymes for molecular biology to the mechanisms of iron transport and storage in microorganisms to the design and synthesis of new metallodrugs to the study of isotopic fractionation of iron in microorganisms.
Office: GMCS-209
Office Phone: (619)594-5929
E-mail: carrano@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Carrano/

 

 

Thomas E. Cole

(MBRS Alumni: Brittany Barfield)

Associate Professor
Program Area: Organic Chemistry
Research Interests: exploration and development of organometallic chemistry of the transmetallation of organic groups between metals and boron compounds
Office: CSL 210A
Office Phone: 619-594-5579
E-mail: tcole@sciences.sdsu.edu

 

 

Andrew L. Cooksy

(MBRS Alumni: Nadia Ott)

Professor, Physical Chemistry, Associate Director of Computational Sciences Research Center
Program Area: Physical Chemistry
Research Interests: Reactive intermediates in combustion, interstellar chemistry, chemical synthesis, and biochemistry; investigated by laser spectroscopy and spectroscopic theory, and by computational quantum mechanics. Molecular free radicals are crucial to the chemistry of combustion, the upper atmosphere, polymerization, and interstellar molecular clouds, and also figure in many biochemical electron transfer processes. We are interested in the physical and chemical properties of these molecules, particularly those containing conjugated π-electron systems, such as HC3O and C4H and the biochemical quinones, because the delocalized orbitals can confer surprising dynamic and reactive properties to these systems.
Office: CSL 307, 312
Office Phone: 619-594-5571
E-mail: acooksy@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Cooksy/

 

 

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Douglas Grotjahn

(MBRS Alumni: Andrea Rodriguez, Kristine Schroeder)

Professor, Graduate Admissions, University Copyright and Patent Committee, University Conflict of Interest Committee, General Member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center
Program Area: Organic, organometallic, catalysis, bio-organometallic
Research Interests: We are contributing to innovation and understanding in catalysis, clean energy production, nanotechnology, and medicine.
Office: CSL 205
Office Phone: 619-594-0231
E-mail: grotjahn@chemistry.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~erdogan/welcome.html

 

 

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Tom Huxford

(MBRS Student: Aaron Ward; MBRS Alumni: Cathrine Aivati, Karen Schuerenberg, Robert Koehler, Maria Gutierrez)

Assistant Professor
Program Area: Biochemistry
Research Interests: understanding regulation in the transcription factor NF-kappaB signal transduction pathway.; IKK structure and function, Nuclear IkappaB structure and function.
Office: CSL 325A
Office Phone: 619-594-1606
E-mail: thuxford@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Huxford/

 

 

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John J. Love

(MBRS Alumni: Octavio Romo-Fewell, Joe Ollar)

Associate Professor
Program Area: Biochemistry
Research Interests: The overall focus is protein design and engineering. Our initial engineering goal is to redesign, mutate and drive small proteins to self-assemble into complexes of specific structure (e.g. precise dimer formation)
Office: CSL 339A
Office Phone: 619-594-2063
E-mail: jlove@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Love/

 

 

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Robert P. Metzger

(MBRS Alumni: Gabriel Chait)

Professor
Program Area: Biochemistry
Research Interests: Enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism: The well-known major pathways of carbohydrate metabolism employ phosphorylated substrates such as glucose-6-phosphate. We are interested in determining the metabolic roles for enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of non-phosphorylated hexoses and pentoses.
Office: CSL 340
Office Phone: 619-594-6801
E-mail: rmetzger@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Metzger/

 

 

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David P. Pullman

(MBRS Alumni: Gabriel Feeley, Alexandra Mendoza)

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Adviser
Program Area: Physical Chemistry
Research Interests: The emphasis of our research is on unraveling the mechanisms by which molecules react on solid surfaces. Such reactions play a critical role in a variety of naturally occurring and technologically important processes, including the fabrication of modern electronic devices, heterogeneous catalysis, and corrosion. The viewpoint we take is that control and optimization of these surface reactions is best accomplished if details of the reactions are understood on a molecular scale.
Office: CSL 301
Office Phone: 619-594-5573
E-mail: dpullman@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~dpullman/group/default.htm

 

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Diane Smith

(MBRS Student: Eric Lopez; MBRS Alumni: Sonia Maciejewski, Karina Kangas, Robert Koehler)

Associate Professor
Program Area: Analytical Chemistry
Research Interests: Electron transfer, proton transfer and hydrogen bonding; better understand different mechanistic paths through which electron and proton transfer can be coupled together in reversible organic redox reactions, with a particular emphasis on the role that hydrogen bonding is playing in these mechanisms.
Office: CSL 412A
Office Phone: 619-594-4839
E-mail: dsmith@sciences.sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Smith/

 

 

Headshot of Bill Tong

Bill Tong

(MBRS Student: Sashary Ramos; MBRS Alumni: Diane Aceveda, Jorge Jimenez, Mirna Lopez, Sashary Ramos, Ashley Warren)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
MBRS.IMSD Principle Investigator/Program Director
Program Area: Analytical Chemistry
Research Interests: Research in our laser laboratory is directed toward the application of novel nonlinear multiphoton laser spectroscopic methods in the development and understanding of new methods in laser analytical spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of fundamental principles and experimental observations of new spectroscopic phenomena. Integration of innovative nonlinear laser techniques and computer interfacing of high-precision instrumentation provides many advantages with new experimental possibilities over conventional laser spectroscopic methods in analytical problem solving.
Office: CSL 304
Office Phone: 619-594-2442
E-mail: william.tong@sdsu.edu

Website: http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/faculty/Tong/

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