Faculty Research Areas

A professor with a graduate student
Professor Shota Atsumi with graduate student Austin Carroll

 

Analytical Chemistry

  • Louise Berben | Synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry
  • William Casey | Reaction kinetics in geochemistry; aqueous clusters
  • Oliver Fiehn (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Mass spectrometry and computation chemistry for metabolomics
  • Ting Guo | X-ray nanochemistry
  • Kit Lam (Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine) | Lymphoma, targeted therapy for cancer, molecular imaging, drug development and combinatorial chemistry
  • Donald Land | Interfacial spectroscopy and microscopy or dynamic systems
  • Delmar Larsen | Photoactivated dynamics in sensory proteins and photocatalysis
  • Carlito Lebrilla | Bioanalytical mass spectrometry
  • Gang-yu Liu | Nanoscience and nanoengineering, bioanalytical chemistry
  • Jesús Velázquez | Synthesis and characterization of materials at the meso/nanoscale for energy conversion and environmental remediation

Bioinorganic Chemistry

  • Alan Balch | Endohedral fullerenes; luminescence for metal-metal bonding
  • R. David Britt | Biological and synthetic energy catalysis, metalloenzymes, EPR spectroscopy
  • Sheila David | Chemical biology of DNA repair
  • David Goodin | Metalloenzyme structure and function
  • Marie Heffern | Bioinorganic chemistry in nutrition and diseases, chemical biology and imaging

Biophysical Chemistry

  • James Ames | Biophysical chemistry and structural biology
  • Matthew Augustine | Magnetic and optical resonance applications to emerging problems
  • R. David Britt | Biological and synthetic energy catalysis, metalloenzymes, EPR spectroscopy
  • Andrew Fisher | Protein structure-function and X-ray crystallography
  • David Goodin | Metalloenzyme structure and function
  • Ting Guo | X-ray nanochemistry
  • Marie Heffern | Bioinorganic chemistry in nutrition and diseases, chemical biology and imaging
  • J. Clark Lagarias (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Structure, function and evolution of bilin-based photoreceptors
  • Delmar Larsen | Photoactivated dynamics in sensory proteins and photocatalysis
  • Dylan MurrayProtein phase separation and aggregation, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, structural biology, biophysical chemistry
  • Marilyn Olmstead (Emeritus) | X-ray crystallography and inorganic chemistry
  • Atul Parikh (Biomedical Engineering) | Biomolecular materials, synthetic chemical biology, soft condensed matter
  • Justin Siegel | Computational enzyme design
  • Alexei Stuchebrukhov | Electron and proton transfer dynamics in condensed phases
  • Michael Toney | Enzyme catalysis, functional genomics, and biofuel cells
  • David Wilson (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Structural biochemistry

Chemical Biology

You may also refer to the Chemical Biology Program (CBP), directed by Professor Peter Beal and largely funded by a NIH T32 Training Grant. The CBP provides fellowships annually to highly qualified graduate students conducting research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

  • James Ames | Biophysical chemistry and structural biology
  • Shota Atsumi | Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering
  • Peter Beal | Nucleic acids chemical biology
  • R. David Britt | Biological and synthetic energy catalysis, metalloenzymes, EPR spectroscopy
  • Xi Chen | Chemical biology/glycoscience
  • Sheila David | Chemical biology of DNA repair
  • Oliver Fiehn (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Mass spectrometry and computation chemistry for metabolomics
  • Andrew Fisher | Protein structure-function and X-ray crystallography
  • Annaliese Franz | Organic synthesis, catalysis, and biofuels
  • Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague | Natural products synthesis, tea chemistry, and phytoceuticals
  • David Goodin | Metalloenzyme structure and function
  • Marie Heffern | Bioinorganic chemistry in nutrition and diseases, chemical biology and imaging
  • Mark Kurth | Diversity-oriented synthesis and chemical biology
  • J. Clark Lagarias (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Structure, function and evolution of bilin-based photoreceptors
  • Kit Lam (Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine) | Lymphoma, targeted therapy for cancer, molecular imaging, drug development and combinatorial chemistry
  • Carlito Lebrilla | Bioanalytical mass spectrometry
  • Angelique Louie (Biomedical Engineering) | Molecular imaging and novel imaging probes
  • Dylan MurrayProtein phase separation and aggregation, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, structural biology, biophysical chemistry
  • David Olson | Organic synthesis and chemical neuroscience
  • Atul Parikh (Biomedical Engineering) | Biomolecular materials, synthetic chemical biology, soft condensed matter
  • Jared Shaw | Synthetic methods, natural products, chemical biology
  • Justin Siegel | Computational enzyme design
  • Alexei Stuchebrukhov | Electron and proton transfer dynamics in condensed phases
  • Dean Tantillo | Theoretical organic chemistry, natural products biosynthesis
  • Michael Toney | Enzyme catalysis, functional genomics, and biofuel cells
  • David Wilson (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Structural biochemistry
  • Heike Wulff (Pharmacology) | Design of potassium channel modulators

Chemistry Education

  • Julia Chamberlain | Active and collaborative learning strategies, education technology, and course transformation
  • Claire Filloux | Philosophy of science, organic chemistry curriculum development
  • Ozcan Gulacar | Problem solving, cognition, and educational technology
  • Delmar Larsen | Photoactivated dynamics in sensory proteins and photocatalysis

Environmental Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Alan Balch | Endohedral fullerenes; luminescence for metal-metal bonding
  • Louise Berben | Synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry
  • R. David Britt | Biological and synthetic energy catalysis, metalloenzymes, EPR spectroscopy
  • Julia Chamberlain | Active and collaborative learning strategies, education technology, and course transformation
  • Marie Heffern | Bioinorganic chemistry in nutrition and diseases, chemical biology and imaging
  • Susan Kauzlarich | Synthesis and characterization of inorganic solid state and nanomaterials for emerging technologies
  • Alexandra Navrotsky | Energetics of ceramic, earth, environmental, and nanophase materials
  • Marilyn Olmstead (Emeritus) | X-ray crystallography and inorganic chemistry
  • Frank Osterloh | Inorganic nanomaterials for solar energy conversion
  • Philip Power | Synthesis, physical, catalytic and magnetic properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds
  • Valentin Taufour (Physics) | Synthesis and characterization of new quantum materials, magnetism, superconductivity
  • Jesús Velázquez | Synthesis and characterization of materials at the meso/nanoscale for energy conversion and environmental remediation

Materials Chemistry

  • Davide Donadio | Theory of nanostructures, interfaces and transport phenomena
  • Ting Guo | X-ray nanochemistry
  • Susan Kauzlarich | Synthesis and characterization of inorganic solid state and nanomaterials for emerging technologies
  • Kristie Koski | Materials and condensed matter chemistry
  • Gang-yu Liu | Nanoscience and nanoengineering, bioanalytical chemistry
  • Angelique Louie (Biomedical Engineering) | Molecular imaging and novel imaging probes
  • Alexandra Navrotsky | Energetics of ceramic, earth, environmental, and nanophase materials
  • Frank Osterloh | Inorganic nanomaterials for solar energy conversion
  • Valentin Taufour (Physics) | Synthesis and characterization of new quantum materials, magnetism, superconductivity
  • Jesús Velázquez | Synthesis and characterization of materials at the meso/nanoscale for energy conversion and environmental remediation

Organic Chemistry

  • Peter Beal | Nucleic acids chemical biology
  • Xi Chen | Chemical biology/glycoscience
  • Sheila David | Chemical biology of DNA repair
  • Annaliese Franz | Organic synthesis, catalysis, and biofuels
  • Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague | Natural products synthesis, tea chemistry, and phytoceuticals
  • Mark Kurth | Diversity-oriented synthesis and chemical biology
  • Mark Mascal Organic synthesis, bioenergy research, molecular modeling
  • David Olson | Organic synthesis and chemical neuroscience
  • Neil Schore | Organic synthesis with polymers, dendrimers, organometallics
  • Jared Shaw | Synthetic methods, natural products, chemical biology
  • Dean Tantillo | Theoretical organic chemistry, natural products biosynthesis
  • Michael Toney | Enzyme catalysis, functional genomics, and biofuel cells

Physical Chemistry

  • James Ames | Biophysical chemistry and structural biology
  • Matthew Augustine | Magnetic and optical resonance applications to emerging problems
  • R. David Britt | Biological and synthetic energy catalysis, metalloenzymes, EPR spectroscopy
  • Kyle Crabtree | Astrochemistry, microwave spectroscopy and low-temperature kinetics
  • Davide Donadio | Theory of nanostructures, interfaces and transport phenomena
  • Ting Guo | X-ray nanochemistry
  • William Jackson (Emeritus) | Photodissociation dynamics with velocity ion imaging
  • Kristie Koski | Materials and condensed matter chemistry
  • Donald Land | Interfacial spectroscopy and microscopy of dynamic systems
  • Delmar Larsen | Photoactivated dynamics in sensory proteins and photocatalysis
  • Gang-yu Liu | Nanoscience and nanoengineering, bioanalytical chemistry
  • C. William McCurdy | Theory of ultrafast UV and X-ray laser interactions with molecules
  • Dylan MurrayProtein phase separation and aggregation, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, structural biology, biophysical chemistry
  • Cheuk-Yiu Ng | Chemical structures and dynamics by state-to-state spectroscopy
  • Frank Osterloh | Electrochemistry and Photochemistry 
  • Alexei Stuchebrukhov | Electron and proton transfer dynamics in condensed phases
  • Valentin Taufour (Physics) | Synthesis and characterization of new quantum materials, magnetism, superconductivity
  • Lee-Ping Wang | Energy conversion in catalysis and biomolecules; theoretical and computational chemistry

Theoretical Chemistry

  • Davide Donadio | Theory of nanostructures, interfaces and transport phenomena
  • C. William McCurdy | Theory of ultrafast UV and X-ray laser interactions with molecules
  • Alexei Stuchebrukhov | Electron and proton transfer dynamics in condensed phases
  • Dean Tantillo | Theoretical organic chemistry, natural products biosynthesis
  • Lee-Ping Wang | Energy conversion in catalysis and biomolecules; theoretical and computational chemistry

Graduate Group Faculty

A key concept of graduate education at UC Davis is the graduate group.  Our graduate programs are organized as interdisciplinary graduate groups, giving students intellectual freedom to transcend disciplines and areas of research.

Graduate group faculty members outside of the Department of Chemistry have their primary appointments indicated in parentheses.

  • Oliver Fiehn (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Mass spectrometry and computation chemistry for metabolomics
  • J. Clark Lagarias (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Structure, function and evolution of bilin-based photoreceptors
  • Kit Lam (Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine) | Lymphoma, targeted therapy for cancer, molecular imaging, drug development and combinatorial chemistry
  • Angelique Louie (Biomedical Engineering) | Molecular imaging and novel imaging probes
  • Atul Parikh (Biomedical Engineering) | Biomolecular materials, synthetic chemical biology, soft condensed matter
  • Valentin Taufour (Physics) | Synthesis and characterization of new quantum materials, magnetism, superconductivity
  • David Wilson (Molecular and Cellular Biology) | Structural biochemistry
  • Heike Wulff (Pharmacology) | Design of potassium channel modulators