Biochemistry Faculty Research

Chemistry Faculty Research


My research interests are in the following areas. Sequence dependent structural features of small hairpin loops using thermodynamics, NMR spectroscopy, and molecular modeling. Identification of RNA secondary and tertiary structure using SHAPE. Investigation of metal ion binding to base pair mismatches using MALDI-TOF MS, surface plasmon resonance, fluorescence, and NMR spectroscopy. Structure of RNA structures involved with neural and muscular degenerative diseases.


My research interests involve the application of analytical and synthetic organic chemistry methodologies to the study of ecological chemical interactions found in nature.

M Janik

My research focus lies in the areas of synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry.  Specifically, we are interested in further exploring the binding of the anticancer compound colchicine with the protein tubulin.  Our group is focusing on synthesizing colchicine-like analogs that will be used in SAR studies.  These analogs will potentially shed additional light on the colchicine-tubulin interaction.  More importantly, the information obtained from these studies may provide new leads in cancer chemotherapy.

Allan Cardenas

Our research group is a molecular chemistry group which designs and synthesizes molecules that have specific function such as small molecule activation, molecular transformation and catalysis. Our research approach prioritizes on students' training in synthesis, spectroscopy and research to prepare them for their future career.


Analytical/environmental chemistry

Biology Faculty Research


Molecular Biology – The use of genetic and cell biological approaches to further our understanding of the developmental factors that pattern the Drosophila oocyte.


Developmental Biology - The developing Zebrafish lateral line is used as a system to conduct genetic, molecular and cell biological experiments to better understand cell migration, organ formation and regeneration.


Chair of Biology

Molecular Biology – The molecular regulation of gene expression in bacteria. Identification of bacteria by analysis of 16S rRNA gene.


Cell Biology - Examination of the dynamics of microtubule and microtubule associated protein regulation throughout the cell cycle.


Immunology - Investigate the molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that contribute to the inflammatory response of neutrophils and other immune cells. To identify novel drug targets for the control of inflammation.

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