Faculty – Biological

Christopher Ackerson
Christopher Ackerson - Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-0521 / Chris.Ackerson@colostate.edu
Nanoparticle structure, nanoparticle chemistry, novel nanoparticle synthesis strategies, applications of nanoparticles to biological imaging.

Travis Bailey
Travis Bailey - Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
970-491-4648 / travis.bailey@colostate.edu
His research interests at Colorado State will focus on the thermodynamics of nanoscale self-assembly processes in block copolymer composite materials and their applications in a variety of environments, including polymer-based photovoltaics, bio-enzymatic fuel cells, chemical and biological sensing devices, targeted chemical delivery, and hydrogel-based shape memory materials.

B George Barisas
B George Barisas - Professor
Ph.D., Yale University
970-491-6641 / George.Barisas@colostate.edu
Laser optical techniques for analysis of cell surface phenomena; microcalorimetry

Debbie Crans
Debbie Crans - Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University
970-491-7635 / Debbie.Crans@colostate.edu
Bioinorganic, Bioorganic, Physical Organic Chemistries, with focuses on characterization of menaquinone metabolism and ihibition of electron transport in tuberculosis bacteria, vanadium containing anti-diabetic and anti-malarial compounds, microemulsion drug-membrane interaction studies, copper (II) amyloid-beta and peptide complexation studies, and spectroscopic techniques including 1D and 2D NMR, EPR, fluorescence and IR.

Richard Finke
Richard Finke - Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-2541 / Richard.Finke@colostate.edu
Chemical catalysis, nanoparticle research, energy research and kinetics and mechanism

Ellen Fisher
Ellen Fisher - Professor
Ph.D., University of Utah
970-491-5250 / Ellen.Fisher@colostate.edu
Plasma chemistry, reactivity of radicals with surfaces using LIF and molecular beam techniques. Plasma polymerization deposition and etching of materials. Characterization of plasma synthesized thin films.

Charles Henry
Charles Henry - Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
970-491-2852 / chuck.henry@colostate.edu
Microscale bioanalytical and environmental chemistry
Bioanalytical chemistry; environmental chemistry; chemical separations; microscale chemical instrumentation; capillary electrophoresis; biosensor development; paper-based analytical devices; microfluidics

Alan Kennan
Alan Kennan - Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-6046 / Alan.Kennan@colostate.edu
Peptide/Protein Recognition and Design
Molecular recognition, self-assembly, development of novel biological recognition motifs, construction of synthetic receptors for small molecules of biological interest, design of catalytic peptides.

Amber Krummel
Amber Krummel - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-3694 / Amber.Krummel@colostate.edu
Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

Martin McCullagh
Martin McCullagh - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
970-491-3572 / Martin.McCullagh@colostate.edu
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
We employ computational and theoretical chemistry tools to study phenomena in Biology. In particular we are interested in how Biology achieves control of energy transduction and self-assembly. Protein-DNA complexes provide a nice set of basis set for such studies.

Brian McNaughton
Brian McNaughton - Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Ph.D., University of Rochester
970-491-7060 / Brian.McNaughton@ColoState.edu
Macromolecular engineering, evolution, and discovery
The use of engineering, high-throughput screening, and evolution to expand the scope and utility of proteins and assembled protein nanoreagents in catalysis, drug discovery, and intracellular drug delivery.

Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds - Associate Professor of Chemistry and School of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Michigan
970-491-3775 / melissa.reynolds@colostate.edu
Biomaterials and biomedical engineering
Multidisciplinary chemical design and fabrication of biomimetic materials for use in medical device applications. Research work includes: synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds including small-molecule therapeutics, polymers, and extended frameworks; analytical studies utilizing fluorescence, chemiluminesence, zeta potential, and LC/MS-TOF; fabrication and engineering of materials; biomedical efficacy and toxicity studies.

Christopher Snow
Christopher Snow - Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-5276 / christopher.snow@colostate.edu
Nanomaterials, Physical, Biomolecular, and Theoretical Chemistry
Computational design, simulation, and experimental validation of new enzymes, and crystalline biomolecular assemblies. We convert porous protein crystals into “3D molecular pegboards” for the controlled assembly of nanoparticles, enzymes, fluorescent proteins, oligonucleotides, and other functional molecules.

Alan Van Orden
Alan Van Orden - Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
970-491-6286 / Alan.Van_Orden@colostate.edu
Bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule detection and spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopy, optical biosensors for pharmaceutical and clinical chemistry.

Robert Williams - University Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Massachutsetts Institute of Technology
970-491-6747 & 970-495-2569 / Robert.Williams@colostate.edu
Synthesis of natural products of biomedical significance and development of synthetic methodology for the construction of complex target molecules, design and synthesis of active site activated irreversible enzyme inhibitors, asymmetric synthesis of of alpha-amino acids, mechanism of action studies on anti-tumor drugs and antibiotics, oxidative cleavage and cross-linking of DNA, total synthesis and biogenesis of mycotoxic indole alkaloids from fungi, taxol biosynthesis, design and synthesis of antibiotics for drug-resistant microbial diseases, molecular biology and protein bioichemistry.

Emeritus Faculty Members

Oren Anderson
Oren Anderson - Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Northwestern University
970-491-6339 / Oren.Anderson@colostate.edu
Structural chemistry of inorganic compounds, including Group IIA complexes, iron/copper bioinorganic model compounds, and metalloporphyrins; protein crystallography.