College of Arts and Sciences

Chemical Biology

Meet the Faculty

The following faculty from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry teach and do research as part of the Chemical Biology Program. Our faculty is active in obtaining research funding and has won numerous grants and awards for their teaching and research. A brief description of each faculty member’s research is given below. The name of each faculty member is linked to their university website so you can learn more about their teaching and research interests. Please feel free to contact any of the faculty if you have questions about the Chemical Biology Major.

Catalina Arango
Assistant Professor of Biology
Research in my lab uses the plant symbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti as a model organism to study regulation of genes and cellular processes in bacteria. a. 

John G. Berberian
Professor of Chemistry
My research examines the structure in liquids by probing the electrical and mechanical environment in which the molecules of the liquid move.

John Braverman, S.J.
Assistant Professor of Biology
My lab investigates evolutionary processes at the genetic level. 

Jose F. Cerda
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
We plan to thermodynamically characterize the effects of hydrogen bonding to the peripheral substituent groups on heme a and heme b.

Mark A. Forman
Chemistry Chair and Professor of Chemistry 
The Forman Research Group is interested in the synthesis and study of novel, non-natural products of theoretical interest.  

Christina King Smith
Professor of Biology
Research in my lab centers on the cytoskeleton and intracellular motility in eukaryotic cells.

Julia Y. Lee-Soety
Assistant Professor of Biology
Projects in my lab focuses on understanding how particular RNA-processing proteins are able to maintain telomeres using baker’s yeast as a comparative model system, thereby gaining insight into aging and cancer biology 

Edwin Li
Assistant Professor of Biology
My research area focuses on understanding the physical and chemical principles governing the interaction of membrane proteins. 

Michael P. McCann
Professor of Biology and Associate Dean

Roger K. Murray
Professor of Chemistry
My research program emphasizes the synthesis and chemistry of cage compounds related to adamantane and its derivatives. 

Mark F. Reynolds
Chemical Biology Program Director and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Our lab studies the biochemical mechanism of the oxygen sensing heme protein FixL from Sinorhizobium meliloti which controls nitrogen fixation in the root nodules of certain plants as a model for understanding the function of heme-based gas sensor proteins in nature. 

Usha Rao
Associate Professor of Chemistry
My research deals with the presence of environmental pollutants in bodies of water such as rivers and lakes. 

Karen M. Snetselaar
Biology Chair and Professor of Biology
Although I have worked with a number of different fungi, most work in the lab currently revolves around the fungus Ustilago maydis, which causes smut disease of corn plants. 

John J. Tudor
Professor of Biology
Our lab is investigating the genes that are essential for a predatory bacterium to prey on other bacteria.  

James J. Watrous
Professor of Biology
Our projects use the tool of computer simulation to examine the behavior of neural networks that are influenced by the inclusion of pacemaker or cells or cells that produce bursts of activity followed by a period of quiescence. 

E. Peter Zurbach
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Zurbach’s research interests lie in the area of Analytical Chemistry and the use of modern instrumentation to analyze samples.