Chemical Biology

The interface between chemistry and biology is an exciting research frontier in the Chemistry Department. On-going research in the department includes investigations of natural product biosynthesis, identification of biomarkers for autoimmune diseases, mechanisms of DNA damage and repair, biomimetic catalysis, synthesis of antibiotics, and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.

Associated Faculty

Amit Basu

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Glycobiology
  • Polymers
  • Green chemistry
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Interfacial recognition
  • Nanomaterials

Sarah Delaney

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Nucleic acids chemistry and biology
  • DNA repair
  • Enzyme kinetics

Eunsuk Kim

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Redox signaling
  • Nitric oxide signaling
  • Energy
  • Carbon dioxide conversion

Jason K. Sello

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Antibiotic mechanism and resistance
  • Drug discovery
  • Biofuels
  • Analytical chemistry

Christopher T. Seto

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • Drug discovery
  • Phosphatases
  • Activity based probes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Asymmetric catalysis

Paul G. Williard

Professor of ChemistryChair, Department of Chemistry

Areas of Interest

  • X-ray diffraction analysis
  • organolithium compounds
  • NMR
  • organometallics
  • organic synthesis