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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 and download the Research Application!

Faculty Research Interests



Saliya A Desilva
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: desilvas@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-5134
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 H Dyer
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: dyerj@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7165
Research Interests: Plant enzymology and molecular biology with a focus on the role of thiolases and cryptochromes; Techniques include: bioinformatics, cloning, expression, purification, biochemical characterization; Collaborations with other groups involve work on elucidating structure and function relationships with these proteins.
Hendrik Eshuis

Hendrik Eshuis
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: eshuish@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7099
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.
Yvonne M Gindt

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

Nina Goodey
Location: CELS
Email: goodeyn@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-3410
Research Interests: Enzymology, enzyme kinetics, protein engineering, analyzing protein-ligand interactions
Brian D Humphrey

Brian D Humphrey
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: humphreyb@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-5140
Research Interests: Electochemistry and spectroscopic methods of analysis.
John L Isidor

John L Isidor
Location: Richardson Hall 348
Email: isidorj@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-5140
Research Interests: Synthesis of medicinally active compounds, novel heterocyclic systems, and novel ionic liquids.
Marc L Kasner

Marc L Kasner
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: kasnerm@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7121
Research Interests: Computational study of the steric and electronic contributions to structure and energy of α- and β-D-Glucopyanose; Attempting to evaluate the degree to which electronic interactions and steric factors contribute to the stability of the structures and the conformational energy
David W Konas

David W Konas
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: konasd@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-5156
Research Interests: Organic Chemistry, Bio-Organic Chemistry, Organofluorine Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Enzyme Biochemistry
David Rotella

David P Rotella
Location: CELS
Email: rotellad@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7204
Research Interests: Medicinal chemistry.
Johannes P Schelvis

Johannes P Schelvis
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: schelvisj@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-3301
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.
John Siekierka

John Siekierka
Location: CELS 406C
Email: siekierkaj@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-3411
Research Interests: Biochemistry of protein kinase signaling pathways. Protein kinase screening assays and drug development. Biochemistry of parasitic anti-stress responses.
David S Talaga

David S Talaga
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: talagad@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7167
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. Approaches include: Single molecule fluorescence lifetime, Solid state nanopores, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Interfacial effects on proteins, Novel methods of global data analysis.
Mark A Whitener

Mark A Whitener
Location: Richardson Hall
Email: whitenerm@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-7166
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.