Chemical Biology

On-going research at the interface of chemistry and biology includes investigations of natural product biosynthesis, identification of biomarkers for autoimmune diseases, mechanisms of DNA damage and repair, biomimetic catalysis, synthesis of antibiotic building blocks, and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Chemical biology is also the basis of research collaborations between Chemistry Department faculty and research groups in the Division of Biology and Medicine.

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

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