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Graduate Research Opportunities

The Master of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry program at Boise State University provides students with advanced training in modern chemical research methods. Our faculty members have research projects that span the chemistry disciplines, and have opportunities in the following areas:

Research Projects

Antimicrobial Drug DiscoveryArcharometry
AstrobiologyBacterial Quorum Sensing
Buckminster FullerenesCancer Treatment Research
Carbon NanotubesChemical Biology
Computational ChemistryCosmochemistry and Meteorites
Dairy ScienceDNA Nanotechnology
EnzymologyInfectious Disease Research
Nanostructured MaterialsNatural Products
Supramolecular AssemblyUltrafast Spectroscopy
MetabolomicsWest Nile Virus Vaccines

Faculty Advisors

  • 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:

                    Biological and Inorganic Chemistry

                    Bioinspired Catalysis

                    Organometallic Chemistry

                    Chemical Education

                  Research Interests:

                    Biological and Inorganic Chemistry

                    Bioinspired Catalysis

                    Organometallic Chemistry

                    Chemical Education

  • Adam Colson

    Adam Colson, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor | Inorganic Chemistry

             Research Interests:

              Inorganic and organometallic chemistry

              Electron-sink materials and electrochemistry

              Supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering

             Research Interests:

              Inorganic and organometallic chemistry

              Electron-sink materials and electrochemistry

              Supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering

  • 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

  • Matthew King

    Matthew King, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor | Materials & Physical Chemistry

    Research Interests:

    Terahertz and nonlinear spectroscopy

    Computational modeling

    Crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry

    Material properties in extreme environments

    Research Interests:

    Terahertz and nonlinear spectroscopy

    Computational modeling

    Crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry

    Material properties in extreme environments

  • 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

    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

  • 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