Research at the interface of chemistry and biology is an exciting and dynamic area for scientists in both disciplines. Biological chemists investigate the molecular basis of biological processes relevant in medicine, biotechnology, or other life sciences. Each biological chemistry research group uses analytical or synthetic approaches to learn how molecules function in living organisms. Research activities in our department fall into in several interest areas:
Sample projects include; developing new therapeutic or imaging strategies and antenna complexes, characterizing the chemical components, mechanisms, or structures of biomolecules using spectroscopic techniques and kinetic methods, and creating small molecule probes of biomolecular function.
In each area, strong training in the core areas of chemistry helps students gain a deep understanding of biochemical and biophysical phenomena.
Faculty associated with research in Biological Chemistry include Joseph Ackerman, Alexander Barnes, Robert Blankenship, Michael Gross, Richard Gross, Liviu Mirica, Gary Patti, Jay Ponder, Jacob Schaefer, John-Stephen Taylor, and Timothy Wencewicz.