Chem 308: Organic Chemistry II

This is an introductory organic chemistry course offered to undergraduate students who have completed Chem 307. A general understanding of introductory chemistry is required. 

Catalytic C-C Bond Formation...

Carbohydrates...

 Chem 488 / 544: Special Topics in Biological Chemistry 

This course teaches many aspects of biology through the lens of a modern chemist. It is intended for advanced undergraduate students (Chem-488) and graduate students (Chem-544) who are willing to learn the fundamentals of biology, experimental techniques used in chemical biology, and the role of chemistry in biological research. A solid background in organic chemistry is required. A general understanding of biology is expected.

Our lab actively contributes to RISE, a summer research program for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. 

2019 – We were delighted to host Emmanuel F. R. Iglesias from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

Emmanuel and Bryan

He also won an award for his research at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conferences. Congrats Emmanuel!

Our lab is proud to work with the American Chemical Society to provide research experience to high school students.

DNA duplex

RNA duplex

J. Am. Chem. Soc (2015), p6373.

Antibiotics... Some macrolide antibiotics bind the Large Ribosomal Subunit and block the peptide exit tunnel, inhibiting protein synthesis.

Mol. Cell (2002), p117

Bioluminescence...

Images from Marine Biol. Lab.

ACIE (2009), p5590

Informational Polymers... Fundamental properties of DNA and RNA... Chemical and Biophysical implications of these properties... Nanoscale machines made of DNA and RNA... 

2018 – It was a joy to work with Thaybeth I. Malave-Mendez from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She was our first RISE student! 

Anton, Bhavya, Tushar, Thaybeth, Enver, Bryan, Hsu-Chun, Kyle

2019 – It was a pleasure to mentor two students, Aisha Mansoor and Muhammad Sharaf. All the best with your future endeavors.

2018 – We thank our first high schooler, Anton Krotenok, for his efforts in the lab. He is a real STEM enthusiast – way to go! 

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