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Graduate Research Opportunities

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The Master of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry program at Boise State University provides students with advanced training in modern chemical research methods.

Research Projects

Our faculty members have research projects that span the chemistry disciplines, and have opportunities in the following areas:

  • Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
  • Archarometry
  • Astrobiology
  • Bacterial Quorum Sensing
  • Buckminster Fullerenes
  • Cancer Treatment Research
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Chemical Biology
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Cosmochemistry and Meteorites
  • Dairy Science
  • DNA Nanotechnology
  • Enzymology
  • Infectious Disease Research
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Natural Products
  • Supramolecular Assembly
  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Metabolomics
  • West Nile Virus Vaccines

Faculty Advisors

  • Oliviero Andreussi portrait

    Oliviero Andreussi, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor | Physical Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Computational Chemistry

    Multiscale Models and Software

    Solvent Effects in Chemistry/ Bio/ Materials

    Materials for Electrochemistry and Catalysis

    Research Interests:

    Computational Chemistry

    Multiscale Models and Software

    Solvent Effects in Chemistry/ Bio/ Materials

    Materials for Electrochemistry and Catalysis

  • Eric Brown

    Eric Brown, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor | Organic & Inorganic Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Biological and Inorganic Chemistry

    Bioinspired Catalysis

    Organometallic Chemistry

    Chemical Education

    Research Interests:

    Biological and Inorganic Chemistry

    Bioinspired Catalysis

    Organometallic Chemistry

    Chemical Education

  • Michael Callahan

    Michael Callahan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor | Analytical Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Analytical Chemistry

    Meteorites and Extraterrestrial Materials

    Prebiotic Chemistry and Origin of Life

    Archaeometry

    Research Interests:

    Analytical Chemistry

    Meteorites and Extraterrestrial Materials

    Prebiotic Chemistry and Origin of Life

    Archaeometry

  • Henry Charlier

    Henry Charlier, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor | Biochemistry

    Research Interests:

    Biochemistry

    Medicinal Chemistry

    Protein Chemistry

    Enzymology

    Research Interests:

    Biochemistry

    Medicinal Chemistry

    Protein Chemistry

    Enzymology

  • Ken Cornell

    Ken Cornell, Ph.D.

    Professor | Biochemistry

    Research Interests:

    Enzymology / Antibiotic & antiparasitic drug development

    Medical devices to treat chronic wounds

    Novel materials with antimicrobial activity

    Animal and tissue culture models of infectious disease and cancer

    Research Interests:

    Enzymology / Antibiotic & antiparasitic drug development

    Medical devices to treat chronic wounds

    Novel materials with antimicrobial activity

    Animal and tissue culture models of infectious disease and cancer

  • Jeunghoon Lee

    Jeunghoon Lee, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor | Organic & Polymer Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Nanomaterials

    DNA nanotechnology

    Colorimetric sensing

    Materials chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Nanomaterials

    DNA nanotechnology

    Colorimetric sensing

    Materials chemistry

  • Owen McDougal, Ph.D.

    Professor, Department Chair | Organic Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Food Chemistry

    Dairy Science

    Natural Products Chemistry

    Toxicology Studies

    Research Interests:

    Food Chemistry

    Dairy Science

    Natural Products Chemistry

    Toxicology Studies

  • Konrad Meister Portrait

    Konrad Meister, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor | Bio/Physical Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Biological Ice Nucleation

    Antifreeze Proteins

    Protein Dynamics

    Molecular Cold Adaptation

    Research Interests:

    Biological Ice Nucleation

    Antifreeze Proteins

    Protein Dynamics

    Molecular Cold Adaptation

  • Rajesh Nagarajan

    Rajesh Nagarajan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor | Biochemistry

    Research Interests:

    Antibiotic Resistance, Bacterial Virulence and Quorum Sensing

    Enzymology / Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

    Bioorganic Chemistry / Protein Biochemistry / Chemical Biology

    Biomolecular NMR to investigate structure-function relationships in proteins

    Research Interests:

    Antibiotic Resistance, Bacterial Virulence and Quorum Sensing

    Enzymology / Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

    Bioorganic Chemistry / Protein Biochemistry / Chemical Biology

    Biomolecular NMR to investigate structure-function relationships in proteins

  • Don Warner

    Don Warner, Ph.D.

    Professor | Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry

    Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

    Chemical Education

    Research Interests:

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry

    Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

    Chemical Education

  • Lisa Warner

    Lisa Warner, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor | Biochemistry

    Research Interests:

    Structural Biochemistry

    Protein Chemistry

    Drug discovery

    Spectroscopy

    Research Interests:

    Structural Biochemistry

    Protein Chemistry

    Drug discovery

    Spectroscopy