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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry & Biochemistry

News & Highlights

Professor Sandra Eaton and Professor Gareth Eaton are collaborating with Bruker BioSpin, a global biotechnology company, to develop a system for imaging biological processes in small living animals. The underlying technology has implications for medical research and much more. Please read the DU Newsroom article for more information.

We congratulate Michelle Knowles on her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure and on receiving a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant to support her research on membrane curvature.

Last fall John Latham joined our department as Assistant Professor. His research interests are in the study of structure-function relationships in proteins through the use of enzymology, molecular biology, and biophysical techniques. He comes to DU after a postdoctoral appointment at Berkeley.

This fall we welcome Erich Chapman as Assistant Professor. His research explores the connections between RNA structure and function in contexts related to human disease. He comes to DU from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Recently, the University revised its Faculty Tenure and Promotion procedures to recognize the significant contributions from faculty members whose primary responsibilities are in teaching. Three new faculty ranks were created: Teaching Assistant Professor, Teaching Associate Professor, and Teaching Professor. In our Department we are fortunate to have one Teaching Associate Professor (Verl Murugaverl) and four Teaching Assistant Professors -  Debbie Mitchell and Todd Wells are joined this fall by Ogar (Leo) Ichire and Emily Barter. These Teaching Assistant Professors all play crucial roles in our undergraduate program. More information about them can be found on the Faculty and Staff tab.

Despite the stringencies of federal funding, we are very proud that most of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members currently have external funding for their research. We are especially proud of the successes of our junior faculty members in getting external funding to initiate their research at this time when competition for grants is so strong.

Enrollments in the courses offered by the Department are booming and our numbers of majors are increasing. We are making substantial changes in our courses to enhance student learning opportunities.