Biological Faculty

Chris Ackerson / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-0521
Office: Chemistry

Nanoparticle structure, nanoparticle chemistry, novel nanoparticle synthesis strategies, applications of nanoparticles to biological imaging.

Jean Chung / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6842
Office: Chemistry C229A

Molecular biophysics; reaction kinetics on membrane surfaces; single-molecule imaging; time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

Debbie Crans / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-7635
Office: Chemistry C301

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.

Chuck Henry / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-2852
Office: Chemistry Research 415

Bioanalytical chemistry; environmental chemistry; chemical separations; microscale chemical instrumentation; capillary electrophoresis; biosensor development; paper-based analytical devices; microfluidics

Alan Kennan / Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Phone: (970) 491-6046
Office: Chemistry Research 417

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 / Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Phone: (970) 491-3694
Office: Chemistry C107

Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

Nancy Levinger / Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Phone: (970) 491-1331
Office: Chemistry C205

Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules in confined environments. Fundamental properties and processes governing cryopreservation.

Ashok Prasad / Associate Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-5175
Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 338

Dr. Prasad's research is at the interface of the physical sciences and engineering with biology, using mathematical and computational methods as well as experiments. He teaches Transport Phenomena for Chemical Engineers (CBE 503) as well as a course in modeling methods in Systems and Synthetic Biology (BIOM 422).

Chris Snow / Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-5276
Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 356

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.