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Andrew J. Bonham
Professor and Chair


303-615-0278



abonham@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3062A

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Tuesday/Thursday - 9am-10am 

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Title: Professor & Department Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Education: Professor Bonham received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and engineering, with a focus on using an understanding of nucleic acid structure and binding interactions to design new medical and environmental diagnostics to allow rapid and convenient testing for diseases, pathogens, and contaminants. His research group builds optical and electrical sensors that use DNA as a probe to bind to and accurately identify a range of target molecules. Professor Bonham has wide-ranging experience in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and molecular biology his research utilizes principles of molecular cloning, recombinant protein expression, electrochemistry, fluorescence spectroscopy, and electron microscopy.

Professor Bonham is also dedicated to scholarly teaching, and is an enthusiastic educator who has presented at local and national venues on creating engagement in the classroom and effective use of educational technology.

See also:

https://webapp.msudenver.edu/directory/profile.php?uName=abonham and https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewjbonham/ )


 

Recent Publications:

Reusable E-DNA Biosensor for the Detection of Water-borne Uranium Susan E. Jett and Andrew J. Bonham. ChemElectroChem 2016, doi:10.1002/celc.201600617

Electrochemical Aptamer Scaffold Biosensors for Detection of Botulism and Ricin Toxins Lisa Fetter, Jonathan Richards, Jessica Daniel, Laura Roon, Teisha J. Rowland and Andrew J. Bonham. Chemical Communications 51, p. 15137-15140, 2015, doi:10.1039/C5CC05933J

Conformational design optimization of transcription factor beacon DNA biosensors Stephen R. Schaffner, Kathryn Norquest, Elina Baravik, Jody Stephens, Lisa Fetter, Ryan M. Masterson, Yerelsy Reyna, Andrew J. Bonham. Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research 2, p. 49-54, 2014, doi:10.1016/j.sbsr.2014.10.007

Real-Time, Aptamer-Based Tracking of Circulating Therapeutic Agents in Living Animals Brian Scott Ferguson, David A. Hoggarth, Dan Maliniak, Kyle Ploense, Ryan J. White, Nick Woodward, Kuangwen Hsieh, Andrew J. Bonham, Michael Eisenstein, Tod E. Kippin, Kevin W. Plaxco, and Hyongsok Tom Soh. Science Translational Medicine 5(213), p. 213ra165, 2013, doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3007095 

Detection of IP-10 protein marker in undiluted blood serum via an electrochemical E-DNA scaffold sensor Andrew J. Bonham, Nicole G. Paden, Francesco Ricci, and Kevin W. Plaxco. Analyst 138(19), p. 5580-5583, 2013, doi:10.1039/C3AN01079A



Shailesh Ambre
Assistant Professor


303-605-7390



sambre@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3047

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams or Zoom): Monday-Thursday - 10:30am-12:30pm

Campus Box Number:
52


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Megan Filbin
Associate Professor


303-615-0273



mfilbin1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3045

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday/Wednesday - 2pm-3pm

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education:  B.S. in Molecular Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Mathematics - University of Denver

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry - University of Colorado School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA.

 

Chemistry & Biochemistry Interest Areas: Biochemistry, Structural Biochemistry, Biophysics, DNA Forensics

 

Research Interest Areas: Dr. Filbin is interested in the biochemical structure-function relationship. She studies how the structure of viral RNAs and cellular unstructured proteins function to regulate cellular protein synthesis machinery. For more information, please see her lab website at https://www.filbinlab.com.

 



April Hill
Professor


303-615-0270



ahill45@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3057

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday - 1:30pm-4:30pm / Tuesday - Noon-2pm

              

 

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

April Hill is a Professor of Chemistry and the Director of Criminalistics. Dr. Hill earned a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science from Iowa State University in 2007. Her thesis topic was water quality analysis for spaceflight and she participated in several “zero-g” flights with NASA. During her post-doctorate in educational outreach at Penn State University, she developed a passion for creating hands-on science experiences for visually-impaired learners. Her work in this area has been published in the Journal of Chemical Education and was awarded a ChemLuminary Award from the American Chemical Society. She has current research projects in archaeochemistry, chemical education for visually-impaired students, and forensic chemistry. She has collaborators at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder.



Mike Jacobs
Professor


303-615-0275



mjacob35@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3056

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Tuesday - 10:30 am – 12:30 pm / Wednesday - 10:30 am – 11:30 am / Thursday - 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education

BS - Waynesburg University

MS - Colorado School of Mines

PhD - Colorado School of Mines

 

Chemistry Interests

Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Brewing Science

 

Areas of Research Interests

Spectroscopy, Nanoparticles/Colloids, Computations, Biofuels/Environmental Sustainability, Brewing Science, Biomineralization

 

Courses: Physical Chemistry I/II, Brewing Science, Analytical Chemistry, General Chemistry I/II, Survey of Physical Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

 



Megan Lazorski
Assistant Professor


303-615-0276



mlazorsk@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3053

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday - 5pm-6pm / Tuesday - 3pm-4pm / Friday - 3pm-4pm

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Education:

Undergraduate: (BA) College of Wooster, Wooster, OH. (Double major: chemistry / studio art) Advisors: Dr. Virginia Pett, Mr. Walter Zurko

Graduate: (PhD) Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. (chemistry)

Advisor: Dr. C. Michael Elliott

Post-Doctoral Work: North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC.

Advisor: Dr. Felix Castellano

 

MSU Denver Classes Taught:

CHE1800 – General Chemistry I

CHE1801 – General Chemistry I Laboratory

CHE3300 – Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry

CHE4300 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHE4370 – Research in Chemistry

 

Research Interest Areas: Professor Lazorski focuses her research on light/matter interactions and manipulation thereof for solar energy conversion and clean alternative fuel production. She primarily focuses on the design and characterization of donor-acceptor complexes. Professor Lazorski is also working on creating simple, versatile, and affordable open-source systems for characterizing the light-harvesting materials she designs. She firmly believes that increasing instrumentation accessibility for solar energy conversion material analysis is a viable way to accelerate the rate of advancement in this field.

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Joshua P. Martin
Associate Professor


303-615-0264



jmart490@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3048

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Tuesday - 9am-11:50am / Thursday - 10am-11:50am or by appointment.

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education:

B.S. Chemistry (ACS Certified): Illinois State University, 2004

Ph.D. Chemistry: JILA and University of Colorado Boulder, 2012

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow: University of Nevada, Reno, 2013 – 2015

 

Chemistry Interest Areas: Physical Chemistry, Photochemistry, Photophysics, Spectroscopy, Laser Spectroscopy, Chemical Physics, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Reaction Dynamics

 

Research Interest Areas: The research performed by my group is focused on photochemical and photophysical properties of biologically relevant systems. We use both spectroscopic and theoretical techniques to examine the utility of intrinsic probes, the role of the local solvent environment, and photoinduced electron- and energy-transfer processes in peptides and proteins.   



Emily Ragan
Associate Professor


303-615-0265



eragan@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3044

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday/Wednesday - 2pm-3:30pm 

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Position Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry

Education: Dr. Ragan received a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Biochemistry from Kansas State University.

Chemistry Interest Areas:  Dr. Ragan developed and teaches an online section of General Chemistry I using open educational resources. She also teaches multiple face-to-face biochemistry courses and is interested in active learning strategies, including course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), to increase student engagement and support learning outcomes.

Research Interest Areas: Dr. Ragan’s lab is investigating the mechanism of iron uptake in insects using biochemical techniques and insect cell culture. Better understanding of iron uptake in insects could set the stage for novel pest control strategies or may yield insights that transfer to a more complete understanding of human iron metabolism. Research students with Dr. Ragan learn many lab techniques, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR, synthesis of double stranded RNA, agarose gel electrophoresis, protein separation by SDS-PAGE, sterile technique with insect cell culture, and how to present results at conferences.

 



Susan Schelble
Professor


303-615-0345



sschelbl@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3042

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday - 12:30pm-2:30pm / Tuesday - 10:30am-12:30pm / Wednesday - 1:45pm-2:45pm 

 

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education:

Undergraduate: (BS) Medical Technology, St. Norbert College, DePere, WI.

Undergraduate: (BS) Chemistry/Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Graduate: (PhD) Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. (chemistry)

Advisor: Dr. Kenneth DeBruin

License: CITI IRB Training

 

MSU Denver Classes Taught:

CHE1800—General Chemistry I

CHE1801—General Chemistry I

CHE3100—Organic Chemistry Lecture I

CHE3110—Organic Chemistry Lecture II

CHE3120—Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

CHE3110—Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

CHE490G—Organic Spectroscopy

CHE4370—Research in Chemistry

 

Research Interest Areas: Studying organophosphorus compounds as synthetic reagents for preparation of thioamides. Studying reaction mechanisms and kinetics.

      Investigating learning strategies for chemical education. Working to develop learning activities, which provide an interface between science and public policy.

      Assessment and undergraduate research pedagogy. Preparation of examination materials and the study of validation and reliability of assessment items.

      Ethics education and training throughout the chemical profession. Work on collecting data that will lead to the development of common cultural values.

Research Students Advised: 28 (2005-2018)

 

Five Products of Most Recent Work

  1. Schelble, S.M.; Tsai, E.; Wieder, M.J.; Elkins, K.M.; Walker, R.D. Creating Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students through us of High Field NMR. in NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Volume 2, Soulsby, D., Ed. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2016; Chapter X, pp xx-xx, in Press.
  2. Schelble, S.M.; Tsai, E.; Wieder, M.; Barrows, R.; Drotar, A.; McElwee, D. Organic Chemistry Lab II On-Line Manual, Great River Technologies: Dubuque, IA, 2013, ISBN:9781615496303. Includes modules for introduction of Responsible Conduct of Research to Undergraduates. Funded by NSF DUE: 1245666.
  3. Schelble, S.M.; Tsai, E.; Wieder, M.J.; Dillon, D. Organic Chemistry Practice Exam: Helping Students Gain Metacognitive Skills to Excel on the Full-Year ACS Exam in Innovative Uses of Assessments for Teaching and Research, Murphy, K.; Kendhammer, L., Ed. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2014; Chapter 5, pp 67-92.
  4. Krummel, J.N.; Russell, L.N.; Haase, D.N.; Schelble, S.M.; Tsai, E.; Elkins, K.M. Application of High-field NMR Spectroscopy for Differentiating Cathinones for Forensic Identification. Col. Acad. Alliance Undergrad. Res. J. 2016, in press, pp. xx-yy.
  5. Schelble, S.M.; Tsai, E.; Wieder, M.; Shoup, N.; Drotar, A.; McElwee, D. Organic Chemistry Lab I On-Line Manual, Great River Technologies: Dubuque, IA, 2012, ISBN: 9781615496075.

Service

      American Chemical Society

      Metro State Faculty Federation

      Metro State Senate

      SACNAS

      ACS Examinations Institute



Shalini Srinivasan
Assistant Professor


303-605-7179



ssriniva@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3050

Office Hours:

  Fall 2020 (on Teams):   
                     CHE 1100 - Tuesday/Thursday - 10:30am-11:30am
                     CHE 1150 - Monday - 11am-Noon
                     CHE 1800 - Tuesday/Thursday - 9am-10am

Campus Box Number:
52


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Brooke Woolman
Lecturer


303-615-0381



bwoolma1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
SI 3055

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday/Wednesday - 10am-12:30pm

Campus Box Number:
52


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Sophia Cherry
General Chemistry Laboratory Instructor


303-615-0268



scherry2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3054

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Thursday - 10am-11:30am / 2pm-3pm

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Position Title: General Chemistry Laboratory Instructor

Education: Dr. Cherry received both her BS in Chemistry and her Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Chemistry Areas of Interest: Dr. Cherry is formally trained as an inorganic chemist and spent most of her time in graduate school working with rhodium, copper, iron, and ruthenium complexes to catalyze the “recycling” of chlorofluorocarbons (the chemicals that degrade the ozone layer) into safe and high value chemicals. Since finishing graduate school, her interests have shifted towards pedagogical chemistry topics and science communication through outreach efforts.



Chad Magee
Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor


303-615-5746



cmagee3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3038

Office Hours:

Fall 2020: Tuesday - 2:30pm-4:30pm / Wednesday - 1:30pm-3:30pm

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education:

ACS Bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry, University of Nebraska at Kearney (1998)

Master’s degree in synthetic organometallic chemistry, University of South Dakota (2000)

PhD in synthetic organometallic chemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia (2008)

I taught chemistry courses for three years at Colby Community College and three years at Fort Hays State University before joining MSU-Denver’s chemistry department in the fall semester of 2016.



Andy McMillan
Biochemistry Laboratory Instructor


303-615-5746



amcmill3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3040

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday - 1pm-3pm / Wednesday and Thursday - 10am-Noon

 

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education: Dr. McMillan received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He then earned at PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle as part of the Biomolecular Structure and Design Graduate program. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Chemistry Areas of Interest: Dr. McMillan’s research has focused on using a variety of different experimental and computational methods to investigate how changes in protein sequence result in different physical and biochemical properties. His graduate work looked at how changes in nearby amino acids influence tryptophan fluorescence. During his postdoctoral research he studied the evolution of new enzyme activities in a family of bacterial proteins. He is also interested in ways to incorporate research experience into course work and science communication related to public outreach and science policy.



Alycia Palmer
Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Instructor


303-605-5893



apalme17@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3065

Office Hours:

Fall 2020 (on Teams): Monday/Wednesday/Thursday - 11am-Noon

                 Tuesday - 1pm-3pm

Campus Box Number:
52


Directory Profile

Bio:

Education:

Dr. Palmer obtained her PhD from The Ohio State University in Inorganic Chemistry and then began teaching chemistry at Montgomery College, a two-year college in the DC metro area. Currently she is teaching analytical and instrumental analysis labs here at MSUD. 

Chemistry Interest Areas:

Her scientific interests include inorganic photochemistry and the interaction of inorganic molecules in biological systems. Her education research interests include determining which metacognitive strategies best help students to be successful in chemistry.



 Affiliate Faculty


 *Fall 2020 - Office hours are held via Microsoft Teams!*

 

Dean Bagley - rbagley@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: T/R - 8am-9:15am

William (Cole) Cronk - wcronk@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only

Jonathan Hannan - jhannan3@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only

Amanda Keel - akeel1@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: M/W - Noon-1pm / R - 11am-Noon

David Maloney - maloneyd@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours - M-R - 7pm-9pm

Scott Millertmill109@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only

Colin Mant - cmant@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: R - 10am-11am / Saturday - Noon - 1pm

Christopher Nold - cnold1@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only

Izabela Schmidt - ischmid2@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only

David Schubert - dschube1@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: By appointment only

Nicole Sjoblom - nsjoblom@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: W - 3pm-5pm / F - 3pm-4:30pm

Tim Smiley - tsmiley@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: M - Noon-2pm

Wenjuan Tan - wtan3@msudenver.edu 

  • Fall 2020 Office Hours: M/W - 1:30pm-2:30pm

 

 

Emeritus Faculty


 

Gerhard Lind - lindg@msudenver.ed

Milton Wieder - wiederm@msudenver.edu 


 


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