Current Faculty and Staff Emeriti and Adjunct Faculty
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Chemical Laboratories
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Oregon, 1983
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Dr. Altig's work involves the development of curricula for the chemistry laboratory and computational chemical modeling. In the former case, construction of laboratory curricula that are modern, novel and cross-divisional is the goal. In the second, construction of computational models involving quantum chemical and biophysical calculations using commercial software such as Gaussian or Autodock, as well as software developed in-house, is the goal
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of New Mexico, 2003
M.S., Organic Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995
B.S., Chemistry, University of Southern California, 1993
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Dr. Chang teaches courses in General and Organic Chemistry.
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Ms. Griego is the Departmental Assistant for the Department of Chemistry. She keeps the department running smoothly.
Professor of Chemistry and Associate Chair
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, 1995-1996
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Southern California 1995
A.B., Chemistry, Franklin & Marshall College, 1990
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The research projects in Dr. Heagy’s lab involve synthetic organic chemistry as a fundamental technique for new dye synthesis. Theory and photophysics play an important role in this research as the group employs various spectroscopies, i.e. UV-Vis, fluorescence as well as quantum computational studies for the rational design of functional dyes. The applications of this research lead to fluorescent biomarkers, white-organic light emitting devices as well as dye-doped nanocomposites for solar energy conversion.
Associate Research Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Chemistry, V.I. Ulyanov-Lenin State University, 1992
M.Sc., Organic Chemistry, V.I. Ulyanov-Lenin State University, 1988
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The central theme of Dr. Frolova's research program is the discovery of novel antibacterial and anticancer agents utilizing natural products. The current projects focus on drug-resistant bacteria and on cancers with dismal clinical prognoses, such as melanoma and glioblastoma. To achieve these goals, her group often develops novel synthetic pathways of general significance. They collaborate closely with Dr. Rogelj in the Biology Department of NM Tech as well as with other chemists and biologists across the USA and Europe.
Ph.D., Chemistry, New Mexico Tech, 2010
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As an aspiring scientist, Dr. Kombarakkaran seeks to study the physical chemistry and material science of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, semiconducting materials and electronic thin films. For his Ph.D. dissertation work at New Mexico Tech, he investigated deuterium adsorption in several MOFs using solid state NMR in order to assess the hydrogen storage capacities of these nanomaterials and to unravel molecular level information of the adsorption process. He also investigated the interaction of ammonia gas with multi-walled carbon nanotubes using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) in order to study the modification of the electronic properties of nanotubes upon gas adsorption and to investigate the possibility these nanotubes could act as sensors for ammonia. Dr. Kombarakkaran teaches courses in General, Analytical, and Physical Chemistry.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of New Mexico, 2009
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Maryland, 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, California State University-Los Angeles, 2005
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of New Mexico, 2005
B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Kelaniya, 1997
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Dr. Piyasena's research will focus on developing miniaturized new analytical and bio-analytical techniques useful for environmental monitoring, pathogen detection, drug discovery, chemical sensing, and diagnostics. His group will utilize microfabrication, microfluidics, and acoustic focusing technologies along with many analytical and bio-analytical tools to develop novel miniaturized assay systems. In the current research, one of the projects is to develop a model pathogen detector for Cholera and similar toxins. Here, they will develop microsphere based biological surfaces as sensitive sensing platforms. Optical detection techniques will be integrated to monitor the binding of targets with specific receptors on microspheres. In another project, they will investigate the use of sound waves in microfluidic systems to identify disease infected biological cells. They will explore how sound waves can determine the change in cell properties due to certain infections.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow, Stony Brook University, 2009-2011
Ph.D., Chemistry (Biochemistry emphasis), New Mexico State University, 2009
M.A., Jewish Studies, Emory University, 2003
B.A., Chemistry and Comparative Religion, Emory University, 1998
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Dr. Pias' research group uses high-performance computing to investigate mechanisms of biomolecular function through simulations of structural dynamics (with AMBER software, primarily). Current projects are biomedically related, focusing on the significance of lipids as modulators of cellular-level oxygen diffusion and, therefore, of aerobic metabolism. Her group is specifically interested in clarifying the role of high membrane cholesterol in cancer pathology as well as explaining the well-known connection between insulin resistance and saturated fat accumulation in skeletal muscle.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair
Research Professor, University of Notre Dame, 2002
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Kent State University, 1999
M.S., Analytical Chemistry, Kent State University, 1995
B.A., Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, 1992
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Dr. Pullin's research interests include aqueous environmental chemistry and analytical methods for natural waters. More specifically, his research group is currently working on several projects aimed at understanding the dynamics of organic matter in high altitude streams in New Mexico. We are also working on the development of autonomous, in-situ analyzers for iron and other nutrients in streams. His group is also focused on understanding iron redox and iron-organic matter interactions in natural waters. Finally, he taking part in a research project to understand the chemical structure, origin, and fate of organic matter in ultra-deep, ancient groundwater, accessed through deep gold, diamond, and platinum mine shafts in South Africa. This project, conducted in collaboration with microbiologists and geochemists from New Mexico Tech, Princeton, and Toronto, promises to help us understand the limits of life on Earth.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow, New Mexico State University, 2013
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota, 2011
Ph.D. Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2008
M.Sc. Organic Chemistry, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2002
B.Sc. Chemistry-Pharmacy-Biology. Universidad Veracruzana, 1997
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Our lab seeks to use chemistry to advance the understanding of biological processes involved in disease inception, progression and resistance development. Using natural products as inspiration and starting point, we are developing bioactive molecules with improved activities and desirable pharmacological profiles. The design of novel synthetic methodologies and their application to concise and practical synthetic sequences in our lab will allow rapid access to these biologically relevant molecules and their analogs.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998-2000
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, 1998
B.S., Chemistry, San Jose State University, 1992
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Dr. Wingenter's group has made measurements of over 60 climate relevant gases in field experiments during NASA and NSF airborne and shipborne research campaigns. They use these data in empirical, photo-chemical and global biogeochemical models to gain a better understanding of climate under present, past, future and geoengineered condition.
Donald Brandvold - Biophysical Chemistry, Enzyme Mechanisms, Environmental Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry
Kay Brower - Physical Organic Chemistry, Explosives Chemistry
Melvin Hatch - Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry
Carl Popp - Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry
Catherine Clewett - West Texas A&M University - Materials Science, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Scott Elliott - Las Alamos National Laboratory - Marine Biogeochemistry in Earth System Models
Nikolai Kalugin - New Mexico Tech, Materials Engineering - Nanoscience, Semiconductors, Spectroscopy
Martin Kirk - University of New Mexico - Bioinorganic Chemistry
Alexander Kornienko - Texas State, San Marcos - Medicinal and Organic Chemistry
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