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Research

There are certain criteria for Undergraduate Research (CHEM-499) and students that do not meet these criteria should enroll in Senior Laboratory (CHEM-498). Students should complete an application that indicates that you have an interest in undergraduate research when you have some idea about what your responsibilities are and you have the following qualifications:

  1. CHEM-499 is limited to Chemistry and Biochemistry majors
  2. Completed General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II and Experimental Organic Chemistry I
  3. Research students should have earned a grade of C or better in all chemistry classes attempted
  4. Once a student has completed 3 credits of CHEM-499, the student should be permitted to take 1 semester hour of CHEM-499 in any particular semester
  5. Upon completion of CHEM-499, all students are required to prepare a formal research report

These are general criteria and exceptions can be made for outstanding students.

When conducting research in any of the lab facilities it is important to know the safety protocols, information found on the Safety Manuals and Resources page.

All students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to participate in research projects under the supervision of faculty. If you’re interested, view the faculty interests below.

Faculty Research Interests

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Magnus Bebbington

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-5301
Email
bebbingtonm@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 355
Research Interests
Synthetic Organic Chemistry, including heterocyclic compounds and asymmetric synthesis
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Jaclyn Catalano

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-7118
Email
catalanoja@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 349
Research Interests
Biochemistry: Understanding substrate specificity, structure, and mechanisms in Cytochrome P450.
Science of Art Deterioration: Understanding the structure and mechanisms of lead soaps formation in traditional oil paintings.

Saliya Desilva

Chairperson

Phone
973-655-5134
Email
desilvas@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 343
Research Interests
Supramolecular systems that utilize photoinduced electron transfer (PET) as a means of translating a molecular recognition event into an optical signal.
Designing new molecules that allow the manipulation of several PET processes with multiple cation binding events.

Jim Dyer

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-7165
Email
dyerj@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 347
Research Interests
Plant enzymology and molecular biology with a focus on the role of thiolases and cryptochromes
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Hendrik Eshuis

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-7099
Email
eshuish@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 342
Research Interests
Computational Chemistry. Development and implementation of electronic structure methods, particularly the random phase approximation.

Application to Van-der-Waals bound systems and atmospherically relevant systems.

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Jinshan Gao

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-5136
Email
gaoj@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 344
Research Interests
Proteomics and glycomics by employing free radical chemistry and mass spectrometry
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Yvonne Gindt

Professor

Phone
973-655-3469
Email
gindty@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 350
Research Interests
Biophysical chemistry. I am specifically interested in the mechanisms by which DNA repair enzymes recognize lesions on DNA.
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Nina Goodey

Professor

Phone
973-655-3410
Email
goodeyn@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 406A
Research Interests
Enzymology, enzyme kinetics, protein engineering, analyzing protein-ligand interactions
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Brian Humphrey

Professor

Phone
973-655-5140
Email
humphreyb@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 341
Research Interests
Electochemistry and spectroscopic methods of analysis.

David Konas

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-5156
Email
konasd@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 352
Research Interests
Organic Chemistry, Bio-Organic Chemistry, Organofluorine Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Enzyme Biochemistry
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Eli Lee

Assistant Professor

Phone
973-655-7131
Email
leei@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 357
Research Interests
Building artificial lipid-protein interactions by design
Thermodynamic Phase Separation and Molecular Sorting on the Membrane
In Vitro Reconstitution and Fluorescence Imaging
Naturally Evolved Complex Functional Structure of Proteins and Their Kinetics
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Glen O'Neil

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-3791
Email
oneilg@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 376
Research Interests
Electrochemistry and chemical sensing.
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David Rotella

Professor

Phone
973-655-7204
Email
rotellad@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 406B
Research Interests
Medicinal Chemistry
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Amrita Sarkar

Assistant Professor

Email
sarkara@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 348
Research Interests
Block polymer derived functional nanostructures
Self-assembly
Bio-inspired polymer
Li-ion battery recycling
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Johannes Schelvis

Professor

Phone
973-655-3301
Email
schelvisj@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 354
Research Interests
Repair of UV-damaged DNA by DNA photolyase and cryptochrome (single-strand DNA photolyase).
Antibiotic activation and resistance in KatG, the catalase-peroxidase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
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Lynn Schneemeyer

Professor

Phone
973-655-7668
Email
schneemeyerl@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 370
Research Interests
Solid state inorganic synthesis and characterization.
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John Siekierka

Professor

Phone
973-655-3411
Email
siekierkaj@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 406C
Research Interests
Biochemistry of protein kinase signaling pathways.

Protein kinase screening assays and drug development.

Biochemistry of parasitic anti-stress responses.

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David Talaga

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-7167
Email
talagad@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 360
Research Interests
Amyloid (aggregated form of protein that accumulates in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, Spongiform Encephalopathies and others) formation mechanisms
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Mark Whitener

Associate Professor

Phone
973-655-7166
Email
whitenerm@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 345
Research Interests
Preparation and crystallographic study of coordination compounds with ligands that contain hydrogen bonding groups and reparation
Characterization of quasiracemates containing transition metal complexes