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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3062A

Office Hours:

Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00

Thursday 12:30-2:00

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Title: Associate 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



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3055

Office Hours:

Monday 10:00-11:30

Tuesday 12:00-2:00

Wednesday 10:00-11:30

Thursday 12:00-2:00

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Education: Dr. Filbin-Wong received her B.S. in Molecular Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Denver. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA prior to joining the faculty in the MSU Denver Chemistry Department.

 

Chemistry Interest Areas: Dr. Filbin-Wong is interested in the biochemical structure-function relationship in both RNA and protein biomolecules. In particular, she explores how our cellular protein synthesis machinery is hijacked, controlled and/or regulated by various biomolecules based on their structure. Her interest in nucleic acids began as an undergraduate research student at DU, studying the evolutionary genetics of opioid receptors. As a graduate student, her interest evolved to include RNA structural biochemistry and mechanisms by which RNA viruses co-opt host protein synthesis machinery. She continued research in the field of protein synthesis at Janelia Farm, focusing on mechanisms of translational control and localized protein synthesis in developing neurons.

 

In addition to biochemistry research, Dr. Filbin-Wong is passionate about educating her students to think scientifically – reflected in one of her favorite quotes: “Science is more than a body of knowledge. It’s a way of thinking,” by Carl Sagan.

 

Research Interest Areas: Dr. Filbin-Wong’s lab is investigating translational control from two different perspectives: 1) how a structured plant viral RNA hijacks translation machinery for productive infection, and 2) how the unstructured C-terminal tail of a neuronal chemotropic receptor controls the ribosome during brain development. To define the structure-function relationship of these two biomolecules, Dr. Filbin-Wong’s group is using a variety of techniques, including: molecular cloning, in vitro transcription and translation assays, recombinant protein expression, nucleic acid structural probing and reverse transcription assays, native gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis, microscale thermophoresis, density gradient ultracentrifugation, mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy.

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3045

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Education:  Dr. Flemon came to MSU Denver from the University of Denver where he received his doctorate degree in Physical Organic Chemistry. Initially, Dr. Flemon worked in the executive administration at Metropolitan State U of Denver, then returned to teaching chemistry in the upper 1980’s. During the early 1990’s Dr. Flemon worked at The National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) eLearning Center-EPA , serving Region 8/Denver-consisting of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming , and 27 Tribal Nations, where he began working with online teaching and online-learning.

Areas of interest: While there he began to design the online teaching program for NETI with a vision of teaching online classes to students. He has been teaching online chemistry courses since that time. He has designed online classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado Community Colleges Online and the American Public Military University serving 100 thousand students consisting mostly of military personnel worldwide.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3057

Office Hours:

Monday 10:00-11:30

Tuesday 9:30-11:30

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

April Hill is an Associate 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.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3056

Office Hours:

Tuesday 10:00-11:00

Thursday 10:00-11:00 and 2:00-3:00

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

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3053

Office Hours:

Monday 1:30-5:00

Wednesday 1:30-4:00

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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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3048

Office Hours:

Tuesday 2:00-5:00

Thursday 2:00-4:00

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.   



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3049

Office Hours:

Monday 3:00-3:50

Tuesday 10:00-11:30

Thursday 10:00-11:30

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.

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3042

Office Hours:

Tuesday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00

Wednesday 2:00-3:00

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



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3043

Office Hours:

Thursday 10:30-11:45 and 4:15-5:45

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Education: Professor Walker received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Utah.

Chemistry Interest Area:  Dr. Walker spent her graduate career working with air sensitive compounds (smaller boranes and their base adducts) utilizing a high vacuum line, and glove bag techniques and scientific glass blowing.  She employed multi-nuclear NMR  (11B and 31P) and IR spectroscopy to identify and characterize compounds..

Grant Activity: Professor Walker is known for her successful proposal writing and management of programs funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Current Area of interest and outreach: pedagogical research, promoting diversity in STEM and mentoring both students and faculty.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3050

Office Hours:

Tuesday 12:00-3:00

Thursday 9:00-11:00

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.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3038

Office Hours:

Monday 9:00-12:00

Thursday 10:00-11:00

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.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3040

Office Hours:

Monday 2:00-4:00

Wednesday 10:00-12:00

Thursday 10:00-11:00

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.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3065

Office Hours:

Monday 10:00-12:00

Tuesday: 1:00-2:00

Wednesday: 10:00-12:00

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.



Staff


 


Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3062E

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Education

B.A., Chemistry, Western Washington State College

Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Washington State University

Experience

Research Associate, University of New Orleans

Assistant Professor, Tougaloo College

Research Associate, Texas A&M University

Senior Chemist, Coors Porcelain Company

Senior Chemist, Rockwell Hanford Operations

Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Staff Member, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Laboratory Manager, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Chemistry Interest Areas

Dr. West's background and interests are in the areas of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, process chemistry of the actinides, and packaging and transporation of the actinides.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3088

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Education

Ms. Peck received her Masters of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno and her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Texas Tech University.

Chemistry Interest Areas

Her areas of expertise are in analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis and bioinorganic chemistry. After graduate school, she headed straight into the private sector of industry working as an analytical chemist in various chemical industries, one of which was the wine industry where she worked for Sterling Vineyards in Napa, CA as a wine chemist. Kristy enjoys spending her spare time outside usually mountain biking or skiing and is a volunteer at the Denver Zoo.

 



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3058

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

 

Natalie Keller joined the Department of Chemistry as an academic advisor in January 2016.  As a student-centered advisor, Natalie strives to teach her advisees how to effectively navigate campus and community resources, and how to benefit from their experience at MSU Denver.

Education

Natalie received her undergraduate education in English Language and spent several years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Ukraine. 

Before coming to MSU Denver, she lived in Athens, Ohio, where she earned her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the Ohio University. 

Interests

When not at work, Natalie enjoys painting and cooking her favorite dishes from Ukrainian and Hungarian cuisines.

Occasionally, you can spot Natalie in a computer science or math classes exploring and learning new things.

 



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SI

Office Number:
3062D

Campus Box Number:
52

Directory Profile

Bio:

Katie Senga is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Department of Chemistry. She strives to counsel, support and encourage students on their journey towards obtaining their degree. Katie is MSU Denver alum and has been apart of the Auraria Camps for many years and loves the academic enviroment. Auraria Campus atmosphere is so diverse where non-traditional students can work work full-time and take classes that fit their lifestyle.

Education:

Ms. Senga obtained a BS/BA in biology/chemistry in 2007 from Metrpolitan State University of Denver. She completed several research projects on the Cherry Creek watershed, worked in industry, interned and volunteered at Ocean Journey for several years.

Outside Interests:

When not at work she loves spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, photography and scuba diving.



Visiting, Affiliate, and Other Faculty

Name Email Office Website Field(s) of Interest
Bagley, Dean rbagley@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Chemical Education 
Bryant, Erick ebryan18@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Criminalistics
Dufour, Scot dufours@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Criminalistics
Farmer, Garry gfarmer2@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
Faulkner, Rebecca rfaulkn1@msudenver.edu SI 3052   General Chemistry 
Hannan, Jonathan jhannan3@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Biochemistry
Keel, Amanda akeel1@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Biochemistry
Khanal, Akhil akhanal@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Biochemistry
Lind, Gerhard lindg@msudenver.edu SI 3047   Physical Chemistry
Maloney, David maloneyd@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Criminalistics
Mant, Colin cmant@msudenver.edu SI 3052   General, Analytical, and Biochemistry
McElwee, Donald dmcelwe1@msudenver.edu SI 3052   General and Organic Chemistry
Miorelli, Jonathan jmiorell@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Nold, Christopher cnold1@msudenver.edu SI 3052   General Chemistry
Schmidt, Izabela ischmid2@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Organic Chemistry 
Schubert, David dschube1@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Smiley, Tim tsmiley@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Chemical Education
Tekletsadik, Kirubel tekletsa@msudenver.edu SI 3052   General Chemistry
Vamos, Mitchell mvamos@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Organic Chemistry
Wieder, Milton wiederm@msudenver.edu SI 3047   Organic & Advanced Organic Chemistry
Woolman, Brooke bwoolma1@msudenver.edu SI 3052   Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry

 


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