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Research Groups Summer 2009

Paley Group

Paley Research Group
Madeleine Laupheimer '10, Prof. Bob Paley, Brian Ratcliffe '11 and Nate Erskine '10

The Paley group specializes in developing new methods for synthetic organic chemistry. We are currently using planar chiral, enantiomerically pure sulfinyl iron(0) tricarbonyl complexes to control the absolute stereochemistry of spiroketal stereocenters. More about the Paley Lab

Holliday Group

Kathryn Riley '10, Jora Dhaliwal '12 and Prof. Alison Holliday

The Holliday group uses analytical techniques, primarily ion mobility spectrometry, to investigate environmental systems. Current work is focused on detection of flour beetle infestations and the chiral separation of pesticides.

Miller Group

Charlie Mo '10, Chenge Mahomva '11, Caitlin Russell '11 and Prof. Stephen Miller

The Miller group uses biochemical methods to study the chemical basis of bacterial communication. In particular, we use x-ray crystallography to visualize the bacterial proteins and signal molecules in 3-dimensions at atomic resolution. More about the Miller Lab

Stephenson Group

Prof. Tom Stephenson, Lisa Schumacher '10 and Jonah Bernhard '11

The Stephenson group investigates the properties of diatomic molecules in the gas phase, using laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy to study the energy transfer that occurs when atoms and molecules collide. Our current experiments are focused on the collisions of He, Ar, N2 and CF4 with NO, I2, Br2 and ICl. More about the Stephenson Lab

Yatsunyk Group

Amlan Bhattacharjee'11, Erica Evans '11, Prof. Liliya A. Yatsunyk, Scott Taylor '09 and Jack Nicoludis '12

The Yatsunyk group focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel porphyrin-based antitumor drugs that function via inhibition of telomerase. Current work includes preparation of novel porphyrin molecules that are capable of both chiral sensing and stabilization of noncanonical DNA structures. More about the Yatsunyk Lab

Howard Group

Jessica Thomaston '10, Laura Wang '10, Julia Wrobel '10 and Prof. Kathleen Howard

The Howard group uses physical chemistry to study molecules bound to biological membranes. Current work focuses on using magnetic resonance spectroscopies to study the structure and drug binding properties of a protein from influenza virus. More about the Howard Lab

Rablen Group

Alex George'09, Prof. Paul Rablen, and Brandon Karlow '08

The Rablen group focuses on fundamental questions about the relationship between structure, stability, and reactivity in organic compounds, and on the mechanistic pathways of organic reactions through the use of ab initio and density functional calculations. More about the Rablen Lab


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