Dr. Morris’sresearch interests involve the role of metal ion binding in oxidative DNA damage and the development of microfluidic devices for chemical analysis (lab-on-a-chip).
We believe that mentored hands-on research is essential for chemistry and biochemistry students. That’s why you’ll be in the lab early and often, with lots of individual attention from your professors. Meet our faculty and learn more about their areas of expertise and current projects below.
Dr. Hoffman’s current research interests involve the development of a portable microfluidic analysis system to quantify and remove specific heavy metals (i.e. lead, cadmium, mercury) through the use of a bio-regenerative detector.
Dr. Brandt studies the human estrogen receptor, a protein of great importance in both normal development and in breast cancer. He is also a driving force behind the Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative (IRC), a program that offers students the opportunity to perform paid full-time summer research.
Dr. Weatherman’s research involves making and testing new compounds to dissect the molecular mechanisms of action responsible for the actions of estrogens and antiestrogens in breast cancer and other tissues in the body.
Dr. DeVasher has begun an active research program in green chemistry, developing new methods and technologies that reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals hazardous to human health and the environment.
Dr. Erwin conducts research that seeks new energy sources, including the synthesis of new organometallic compounds (species composed of transition metals bonded to large organic molecules) that can catalytically produce fuels from small molecules such as carbon dioxide gas and hydrogen gas.
Dr. Poland’s work centers on the synthesis and development of biodegradable plastics using transition metal catalysts. In particular, focus is given to the synthesis of poly (trimethylene carbonate), PTMC, and various derivative polycarbonates that have use in biomedical applications such as sutures and drug delivery devices.
Dr. Allison’s research focuses on synthetic organic projects. His most recent research involves the synthesis of sattabacin, a molecule found to have anti-viral properties, but which exists only in very small quantities in nature.
Dr. Mueller’s current research focuses on combustion chemistry on biofuels in terms of corrosive issues, lubricity, and emissions; and a computational research project that combines reactant and intermediate structure to calculate rate constants for organic reactions.
Dr. Tilstra is a polymer chemist by training, but her current research includes physical biochemistry, studying insulin aggregation, the conditions which cause it and the degree to which it occurs.
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Facilities & Resources
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work in our recently renovated facilities, including a modern biochemistry research-teaching lab, three research labs, fully equipped organic and freshman labs, and an instrument facility.
In the lab, you’ll use equipment such as our Varian Gemini 300 MHz and Anasazi 90MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance devices, a Shimadzu GC-2010 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.
Our fully equipped labs andcomplete stockroom staffed by full-time technicians will give you hands-on experience and undergraduate research opportunities.