Creating a community of game-changers

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Research is at the center of our department, exhibited not only in our expert faculty but our future expert students.

Faculty research

Analytical chemistry

Biochemistry

  • Matthew Gage: Dr. Gage is interested in developing new approaches to characterize structure-function relationships in proteins with a focus on protein-protein interactions. He is also interested in understanding the principles governing the association between Intrinsically Disordered Proteins and other proteins. Gage Group website
  • Andrew Koppisch 
  • Diane Stearns: Dr. Stearns is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying how metals cause DNA damage and mutations that may lead to cancer. Stearns Lab website

Chemical education

  • Brandon Cruickshank 
  • Jennifer Duis: Dr. Duis is interested in exploring students' understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts and developing valid and reliable tests to assess these understandings. She is also interested in curriculum improvement through systematic development of goals, implementation of research based practices, and assessment of the outcomes from these changes.

Environmental chemistry

  • Jani Ingram 
  • Marin Robinson (Chair): Dr. Robinson is interested in the composition and transport of atmospheric particulate matter in forest fires and windblown dust.

Inorganic chemistry

Organic chemistry

  • Cindy Browder: Dr. Browder is interested in new approaches to the preparation of compounds of medicinal interest, and application of organic chemistry to the development of materials for alternate energy systems. Browder Group website
  • Edgar Civitello 
  • Marin Robinson (Chair): Dr. Robinson is interested in the composition and transport of atmospheric particulate matter in forest fires and windblown dust.

Physical chemistry

Student research

Ciarra Greene, chemistry major – Ciarra led a three-year research study aiming to alleviate the harmful effects of uranium mines on the nearby Navajo reservation.

Research opportunities

Information coming soon.