David Chatfield, PI
David Chatfield is a computational chemist with a research program focused on the catalytic cycles and structure/function relationships of heme enzymes, as described on the home page. David also loves to teach. His bread and butter is Physical Chemistry I and II, as well as Statistical Thermodynamics, and occasionally he teaches General Chemistry. As Department Chair, David enjoys helping the Department and its students, faculty and staff to thrive as best he can. In his spare time, David is an avid bicyclist and swimmer, and he loves choral singing.
Alexander Morozov, Postdoctoral Associate
Dr. Morozov conducts research on biological macromolecular systems using modern computational methods. Dr. Morozov’s research interest includes protein folding, protein structure/function mechanisms, and enzymatic catalysis. His current projects include the the sources of enantiospecifity manifested by chloroperoxidase and the mechanism of human neuroglobin's redox switch activity.
Armando Pardillo, Graduate Student
Armando's dissertation research proposal is entitled "Transition state calculations for CPO catalyzed epoxidation of cis-beta-methylstyrene."
Antonija Tangar, Graduate Student
Antonija's dissertation research proposal is entitled "Structure-function relationship in hexacoordinate heme proteins: Mechanism of cytoglobin interactions with exogenous ligands."
Jennifer Cardenas, Undergraduate Student
Jennifer, together with Dariel, is compiling solutions to computational chemistry problems solved with Spartan software. This requires the application of Spartan to a wide variety of molecular modeling problems and the creation of succinct solutions for reference by students. Jennifer is also modeling the creation of a DNA phosphate-sugar bond for use in a research project on the mechanism of DNA topoiseromerase, which involves the creation of such a bond during its religation step.
Dariel Santos, Undergraduate Student
Dariel, together with Jennifer, is compiling solutions to computational chemistry problems solved with Spartan software. This requires the application of Spartan to a wide variety of molecular modeling problems and the creation of succinct solutions for reference by students. Dariel will also be working with Gaussian software on related problems.
Dr. Peepers, Mascot
Dr. Peepers is a highly educated canine with research interests in food, food, food, and food. Dr. Peepers is very social and an astute reader of human intention, always discerning when its aim is the immediate feeding of dogs.