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PHD, McGill University
Research interests include the use of chemical and biochemical tests for the detection of highly degraded biological samples typically found at crime scenes; developing new DNA isolation and DNA typing procedures for the analysis of challenging biological samples. Dr. Bilous is interested in evaluating the capabilities of portable analytical instruments such as the RAMAN spectrometer to identify forensic evidence at crime scenes. Educational interests include the use of problem-based learning approaches to properly prepare students for the challenges of forensic science casework.
Dr. Burgis was trained in the fields of DNA repair and toxicology. He earned his Ph.D. from The University at Albany, S.U.N.Y. and his post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research interests focus on understanding the mechanisms of nucleotide metabolism, toxicology and chemoresistance using biochemical techniques. His lab is currently investigating the mechanism of substrate specificity and catalysis of ITPase; a key enzyme important for the exclusion of noncanonical purines from nucleic acid precursor pools. By studying the human ITPase, and orthologs in other organisms, his lab aims to contribute to the fields of cardiovascular development, purine metabolism, cancer development, drug metabolism and bioterrorism. Additional projects aim to understand links between DNA damage and protein metabolism. Techniques used in this research program include molecular cloning, protein purification, biochemical assays (including enzyme kinetics) drug sensitivity assays and the use of tissue culture. Dr. Burgis' research program is supported by external grants from the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. He is currently serves on the American Chemical Society Biochemistry Examination Committee and is Editor-In-Chief of the Open-Access Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense.
Sipes, R.K., Xue, X., Lewis, B.S., and Burgis, N.E. (2012) Evidence that aberrant protein metabolism contributes to chemoresistance in multiple myeloma cells. Oncology Reports (accepted).
Pang, B., McFaline, J.L., Burgis, N.E., Dong, M., Taghizadeh, K., Sullivan, M.R., Elmquist, C.E., Cunningham, R.P., Dedon, P.C. (2012) Defects in purine nucleotide metabolism lead to substantial incorporation of xanthine and hypoxanthine into DNA and RNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Epub 1/30/2012).
Aune, M.K. and Burgis, N.E. (2011) Recent Advances in the Biosciences Aid in the Detection and Identification of Bioterrorism Agents. Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense S3:e002.
Herting, G., Barber, K., Zappala, M.R., Cunningham R.P. and Burgis, N.E. (2010) Quantitative in vitro and in vivo characterization of the human P32T mutant ITPase. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta- Molecular Basis for Disease 1802(2): 269-274.
Burgis, N.E. and Samson, L. D. (2007) The Protein Degradation Response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Classical DNA-Damaging Agents. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 20(12): 1843-1853.
Burgis, N.E. and Cunningham, R.P. (2007) Substrate Specificity of the RdgB Protein, a Deoxyribonucleoside Triphosphate Pyrophosphohydrolase. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282(6): 3531-8.
Burgis, N.E., Brucker, J.J. and Cunningham, R.P. (2003) Repair System for Noncanonical Purines in Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology, 185(10):3101-10.
PhD, University of Exeter
Jeff Corkill's interests include: the use of gas and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry in the analysis of organic compounds in (i) smoke derived from agricultural and silvicultural burning practices, (ii) chemical communication between conifer during herbivory, (iii) pesticide residues in organic and conventional food; integration on state-of-the-art chemical laboratory and the development of course internet-based lecture notes.
PhD, University of Montana
Travis Denton's research interests include synthetic medicinal chemistry, neuroscience, drug metabolism and disposition, pharmacokinetics and carbohydrate and polymer chemistry. His research group is interested in developing small molecules to specifically target glutamatergic and acetylcholinergic receptors in the brain for the treatment of a variety of neurological diseases, addictions and pathologies including, but not limited to, Alzheimer's disease, nicotine addiction and stroke. He is working on developing carbohydrate-based, biodegradable, polymeric materials for a wide variety of applications including cell targeted, non-viral gene delivery agents, novel antibiotics and pseudostationary phases for electrokinetic chromatography.
MS, Organic Chemistry, University of Kansas
BS, Clinical Laboratory, Kansas Medical Center
BS, Chemistry, University of Paris XII (France)
Yao Houndonougbo, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Dr. Houndonougbo's research interests involve the use of statistical mechanics, numerical analysis, molecular dynamics amd Monte Carlo simulations, quantum mechanics, protein-protein docking, bioinformatics methods, gas adsorption and storage and protein-protein interactions. Current research projects include:
Daniel Love, Lecturer, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Daniel Love's current research and interest lie with the development of lecture demonstrations to promote student understanding of chemical principles. He is also interested in the integration of computer molecular modeling methods into chemical education.
Jamie Manson, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Utah
Jamie Manson's research involves design, synthesis and detailed characterization of novel molecule-based quantum magnets that present interesting properties. Coordination chemistry and the self-assembly of 1-, 2- and 3-dimensional polymeric networks that feature strong hydrogen bonds. He conducts x-ray studies of new magnets to understand the structure/property relationships.
Robin McRae, Professor, Chair, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Robin McRae's research covers many theoretical aspects of chemical physics of liquids. Specific research topics include theory of first-order phase transitions (particularly freezing), dynamics of solvated reactions, kinetic theory of liquids and the kinetics of phase transitions (e.g. nucleation theory). Use of computers in chemistry, both for computation and experiment interface is also an area of interest.
Jeffrey A. Rahn, Professor, PhD, University of Nevada-Reno
Jeffrey Rahn's interests include the synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes to better understand structure/reactivity relationships, the synthesis of inorganic polymers as precursors to ceramic materials and the development of chemical demonstrations to aid student understanding of chemical principles.
Kenneth W. Raymond, Professor, PhD, University of Washington
Kenneth Raymond's interests lie in the investigation of bistability and oscillations in enzymatic reactions.
Dr. Steiner earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Washington State University with focus on the development and use of analytical instrumentation to explore a variety of topics involving health, environment, agriculture, and defense. Presently his research group is focused on the qualitative discovery and quantitative directed analysis of bio-markers that can be correlated to a specific disease trait, state, and/or rate. This in turn, helps to facilitate an earlier and more precise diagnosis, treatment, and possible prevention of that disease.
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