Research Mentors

The first significant experience in the TIMU program involves conducting authentic chemistry or biochemistry research during summer 2013. Browse the list of mentors below and click on their names to visit their research group web sites. You will find interesting information about the problems they are investigating as well as the methods they use in their research. Mentors will be giving research talks in CHM 710C (spring 2013) to help TIMU teachers learn more about their work to inform teachers’ mentor selection.


Michael Crowder

structural and mechanistic characterization of metalloenzymes



Carole Dabney-Smith

Protein sorting, protein transport, protein-protein interactions, membrane protein structure/function, and organelle biogenesis



Neil Danielson

Ionic Liquids as mobile phase modifiers in Liquid Chromatography



Benjamin Gung

Noncovalent Interactions Involving Aromatic Rings, Preparation of New Gold Catalysts with N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC), Gold-Catalyzed Cycloadditions, Transannular [4+3] Cycloadditions, Minquartynoic acid, and Adociacetylene, Diplynes, Duryne, Cicutoxin, etc.



C. Scott Hartley

ortho-Phenylenes, and Cross-Conjugated Nanoarchitectures



Gary Lorigan

Structural and dynamic properties of phospholamban (PLB) using solid-state NMR spectroscopy and EPR spectroscopy



Christopher Makaroff

Protein structure/function relationships, Molecular and cellular biology of meiosis, Chromosome structure, and Chemical detoxification



Richard Taylor

Polymer chemistry, dendrimers, combinatorial chemistry and solid phase synthesis



Hong Wang

Peptide-based asymmetric catalysis, Dye-Sensitized-Solar-Cells, and Identification and development of small molecule inhibitors targeting NS2-3 protease of Hepatitis C viru



Jon Scaffidi

Remote, on site, and in situ analysis: Acquiring chemical information from analytes as they are, where they are


Dave Tierney 

Synthesis and spectroscopy of high-spin Co(II) coordination complexes, paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of Co(II)-substituted Zn(II) proteins, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy of Zn(II) proteins and their Co(II)-substituted analogs


Richard Bretz

We use chemistry to determine the identity and how much of a molecule or ion are present in sample. Working with a Microbiology professor, we are isolating and characterizing anti-fungal molecules from Aloe plants for new drug treatments. Working with the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District, we are devising strategies to reduce nitrates and phosphates (algae's food) in pond water.