Assistant Teaching Faculty of Physical Sciences
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
I am an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and Physical Sciences department. As a structural biologist, my teaching and research focuses on atomic level explorations of biological chemistry. My current research focuses on the discovery, purification and characterization of enzymes that utilize metals in catalysis.
Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, Yale University
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University MB&B
Ph.D. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Emory University
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens
CHE 315: Biochemistry I
CHE 315L: Biochemistry I Lab
CHE 475: Chemistry Seminar I
CHE 490: Chemistry Research I
I use biochemistry and structural biology to study enzymes that catalyze reactions using transition metals. Students in my lab use bioinformatic tools to search for novel metal containing enzymes, which are then expressed in E. coli using recombinant DNA technology. Following purification by column chromatography, we characterize the enzymes using spectrophotometric enzyme assays. Last, X-ray crystallography is used to solve the atomic structures of the enzymes discovered. Structures allow us to better understand enzyme specificity and mechanisms, to refine the bioinformatic search process, and to allow for design and engineering of better performing enzymes. Recently, I have focused on discovering enzymes capable of degrading lignin (the major barrier in the production of biofuels from cellulosic biomass) or that have applications in greener industrial processes and enzymatic remediation.
In 2018, I was awarded a Visiting Faculty Program summer appointment at Brookhaven National Labs. I spent 10 weeks at the NSLS-II (http://bnl.gov/ps/) solving copper oxidase structures and investigating undergraduate access to Department of Energy structural biology resources.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences
I am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My training is in the field of Analytical Chemistry and my teaching focuses on General Chemistry for undergraduates.
B.A. 2004 California State University, Sacramento (Chemistry); Ph.D. 2011 University of California, Riverside University (Analytical Chemistry).
CHE 110 and 110L First Semester General Chemistry Lecture and Lab; CHE 111 and 111L Second Semester General Chemistry Lecture and Lab; SCI 161 DE Nutrition (online-UC); CHE 101L Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab
Research and Academic Interests
My research interests include two breadths: Chemical Education and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
In the area of Chemical Education, I am interested in developing experiments for General Chemistry labs.
In the area of bioanalytical chemistry, I am interested in ligand-protein interactions. Ligand-protein interactions are integral to better understanding biological processes such as enzyme transformation, receptor and antibody recognition, and signal transduction. Without the need for special labels, NMR can be used to elucidate structural activity relationships. Areas of ligand-protein binding I would like to research are competitive ligand binding and characterizing the binding of basic drugs to the genetic variants of α1-acid glycoprotein (AGP).
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Assistant Professor of Physics
Douglas S. Goodman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Physics within the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences at Quinnipiac University. His field of research is ultracold Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Prof. Goodman enjoys collaborating with faculty, staff, and students in the laboratory and classroom, where he utilizes modern pedagogical methods to help create an engaging and inclusive learning environment.
Ph.D. 2015 University of Connecticut (Physics); M.S. 2010 University of Connecticut (Physics); B.S. 2006 Trinity College (Physics)
PHY 101 (UC) Elements of Physics; PHY 101L (UC) Elements of Physics Lab; PHY 122 (UC) University Physics II
Prof. Goodman’s research interests are in the field of experimental ultracold Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics. His research includes the study of laser cooling and trapping of atoms and ions, sympathetic cooling, atom-ion collisions, and quantum ion-neutral chemistry. In a collaboration with his colleagues at the University of Connecticut, he studies Na + Ca+ elastic scattering, molecular association, and charge-exchange reaction rates at near-zero Kelvin temperatures. Additionally, he studies microparticle electrodynamic ion trapping, which utilizes high-voltage electrodynamic fields to confine and levitate charged micron-size particulate matter.
Instructor of Physics & Physics Lab Coordinator
Teaching Faculty for Physics.
Education: B.S. in Physics from University of Connecticut with a focus on astronomy/astrophysics, M.S. in Science Education from the University of New Haven and M.S. Applied Physics-Optics at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).
Courses Taught: PHY110, PHY111, PHY101, PHY101L, PHY110L. Future courses – Physics of Music and Astronomy
Research: Research projects include working with Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), Quasars and Type I Seyfery galaxies in generating Color-Magnitude Diagrams, research using data from GALEX, SDSS, WISE, SIMBAD, NED and GAIA databases and improving astronomical distances measurements. Work at Southern Connecticut State University included improving optical image quality using methods from speckle imaging (Speckle, Shift-Add Technique, Lucky, Unsharp Masking) to increase campus telescope productivity, data reduction on speckle images of binary star candidates, and remote telescope observing.
Associate Teaching Professor of Chemistry
I am currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences here at Quinnipiac University. I am also the lab coordinator for the CHE 110L and CHE 111L labs for the General Chemistry Program.
B. A., 1987 University of Connecticut (English); M. S., 1994 University of Connecticut (Chemistry); Ph. D., 2002 University of Massachusetts (Chemistry)
CHE 110 General Chemistry I, CHE 110L General Chemistry I Lab, CHE 111 General Chemistry II, CHE 111L General Chemistry II Lab.
Research and Academic Interests
I am, by training, a solid-state, inorganic chemist. I have used x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques to characterize structures of solid materials. I’m interested in the synthesis and characterization of manganese oxide tunnel structures, as well as perovskite-type materials (such as titanates) and piezoelectric materials.
Academically, I am interested in teaching students about the scientific method and chemistry. I am also interested in teaching about solid-state chemistry, with an emphasis on XRD as a technique, and symmetry. Perhaps this will show up as a special topics course in the future.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Quinnipiac University. My formal training is in the fields of analytical and physical chemistry, with a focus on atmospheric chemistry. More recently, I have done research in photochemistry and environmental surface chemistry.
B. S. (2006) Baldwin Wallace University (Chemistry); Ph. D. (2014) Indiana University (Chemistry);
Postdocs at University of Leeds (School of Chemistry) and Indiana University (O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs)
I am interested in the chemistry of nitrogen oxides at the soil-atmosphere interface. I am also interested in adapting low-cost sensor units to study this chemistry using established field sampling techniques.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
I am currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at Quinnipiac University. My formal training is as an Inorganic Chemist and I primarily teach General and Inorganic Chemistry.
B.A. 1984 Trinity College (Hartford, CT); M.Ed. (Instructional Learning) 1985 (UMass-Amherst); Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) 1993 Georgetown University (Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Louis C. W. Baker; Title: Initial Investigations of a Potentially Widely Applicable Method for Quantitative Evaluation of Electron Transfer Rates through Various Conductive Molecular Bridges Linking Heteropoly Entities)
CHE 101/L; CHE 102/L — Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry;
CHE 110/L; CHE 110/L; CHE 111/L — General Chemistry;
CHE 410 — Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 475; CHE 476; CHE 490; CHE 491 — Senior Seminar & Research
(Previously taught QU 101 — Individual in the Community; QU 201 — National Community: Energy & Society; SCI 105/L — Food Chemistry & Nutrition; SCI 162 — Consumer Chemistry)
My primary research interests are the redox properties of polyoxometalates in aqueous solution. Polyoxometalates are large anions that bridge the properties of small molecules and extended structures. Their redox chemistry often exhibits properties from both realms. Students have done independent studies and senior research in the field with me, studying the redox properties of these large anions using cyclic voltammetry. Most of the recent work has been on an interesting phenomenon only exhibited in a special class of these anions. Many presentations have been made over the years at national, regional, and local meetings involving research performed by students. Three posters were selected for Sci-Mix presentations at National Meetings of the American Chemical Society and two students have presented at National Student Research Symposia of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Senior Instructor in Chemistry and Physical Sciences
I am currently a Senior Instructor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences at Quinnipiac University. I primarily teach a chemistry course for Nursing majors. I also am a lab coordinator for a couple other chemistry and science lab courses. I am the department supervisor for our work study students.
B.S. 1999 Western New England College (Chemistry); M.S. 2001 University of Connecticut (Chemistry)
CHE106 Chemical Principles with Biological Applications (for Nursing majors) and CHE106 lab; CHE 101L General, Organic and Biochemistry lab I; CHE102L General, Organic and Biochemistry lab II; SCI102L Earth Science Lab; SCI102DE Earth Science online lecture and lab.