Department Directories

Alphabetical Listing

Chemistry Department Chair

Christa_Colyer2013Christa L. Colyer, Professor

Office: Salem 207C
Phone: (336) 758-4936
Email: colyercl@wfu.edu

Rebecca Alexander, Professor
Office: Salem 108
Phone: (336) 758-5568
Email: alexanr@wfu.edu

Ulrich Bierbach, Professor
Office: Salem 3B
Phone: (336) 758-3507
Email: bierbau@wfu.edu

Lindsay R. Comstock-Ferguson, Assistant Professor
Office: Salem 16A
Phone: (336) 758-5514
Email: comstolr@wfu.edu

Jeremy Cooper, Visiting Professor
Office: Salem 4B
Phone: (336) 758-5513
Email: cooperjt@wfu.edu

Cynthia Day, Instrument Manager
Office: Salem 9F
Phone: (336) 758-5773
Email: daycs@wfu.edu

Patricia C. Dos Santos, Associate Professor
Office: Salem 3A
Phone: (336) 758-3144
Email: dossanpc@wfu.edu

George L. Donati, Lecturer
Office: Salem 116A
Phone: (336) 758-4815
Email: donatigl@wfu.edu

Melissa Doub, Business Manager
Office: Salem 208
Phone:(336) 758-5325
Email: doubmm@wfu.edu

Raj Guddneppanavar, Visiting Professor
Office: Salem 9
Phone: (336) 758-3965
Email: rajsekg@wfu.edu

Willie Hinze, Professor
Office: Salem 211
Phone: (336) 758-5509
Email: hinze@wfu.edu

Amanda Jones, Assistant Professor
Office: Salem 4
Phone: (336) 758-3054
Email: jonesac@wfu.edu

Bradley T. Jones, Professor, Dean of the Graduate Programs in the Arts and Sciences
Office: Salem 116A
Phone: (336) 758-5512
Email: jonesbt@wfu.edu

Paul B. Jones, Associate Professor
Office: Salem 115A
Phone: (336) 758-3708
Email: jonespb@wfu.edu

Angela G. King, Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Salem 206
Phone: (336) 758-5511
Email: kingag@wfu.edu

S. Bruce King, Professor, Associate Provost for Research
Office: Salem 15B
Phone: (336) 758-5774
Email: kingsb@wfu.edu

Dilip K. Kondepudi, Professor
Office: Salem 204
Phone: (336) 758-5131
Email: dilip@wfu.edu

Abdessadek Lachgar, Professor
Office: Salem 4A
Phone: (336) 758-4676
Email: lachgar@wfu.edu

Tommy Murphy, Instructional Technology Consultant
Office: Salem 205
Phone: (336) 758-4717
Email: murphytj@wfu.edu

Ronald E. Noftle, Professor
Office: Salem 115B
Phone: (336) 758-5520
Email: noftle@wfu.edu

Al RivesAssociate Teaching Professor
Office: Salem 16B
Phone: (336) 758-4630
Email: rivesab@wfu.edu

Megan Rudock, Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Salem 201
Phone: (336) 758-4877
Email: rudockme@wfu.edu

Akbar Salam, Professor
Office: Salem 202
Phone: (336) 758-3713
Email: salama@wfu.edu

John Tomlinson, Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Salem 209
Phone: (336) 758-4351
Email: tomlinjt@wfu.edu

Mike Thompson, Laboratory Manager
Office: Salem 103
Phone: (336) 758-5324
Email: mathomps@wfu.edu

Linda Tuttle, Staff Assistant
Office: Salem 110
Phone: (336) 758-6139
Email: tuttlel@wfu.edu

Mark E. Welker, Professor, William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry
Office: Salem 15A
Phone: (336) 758-5758
Email: welker@wfu.edu

David Wren, Lecturer and Director of the Chemistry Clinic
Office: Salem 203
Phone: (336) 758-3964
Email: wrenda@wfu.edu

Marcus Wright NMR LabManager
Office: Salem 9B
Phone: (336) 758-5981
Email: wrightmw@wfu.edu

 

Analytical/Bioanalytical

Willie HinzeWillie Hinze
Professor

Office: Salem 211
Phone: (336) 758-5509
Email: hinze@wfu.edu

 

 

 

Brad JonesBrad Jones
Professor

Office: Salem 116A
Phone: (336) 758-5512
Email: jonesbt@wfu.edu
Home Page: http://www.wfu.edu/~jonesbt/

 

 

 

Christa_Colyer2013Christa L. Colyer
Professor, Department Chair

Office: Salem 207C
Phone: (336) 758-4936
Email: colyercl@wfu.edu

 

Biological Chemistry/Biophysical/Molecular Biology

Rebecca Alexander ImageRebecca Alexander
Professor

Office: Salem 108
Phone: (336) 758-5568
Email: alexanr@wfu.edu
Home Page: http://www.wfu.edu/~alexanr/Alexander_Lab2.htm

 

Bierbach ImageUlrich Bierbach
Professor

Office: Salem 3B
Phone: (336) 758-3507
Email: bierbau@wfu.edu
Home Page: http://www.wfu.edu/academics/bierbachgp

 

Patricia Dos SantosPatricia C. Dos Santos
Associate Professor

Office: Salem 3A
Phone: (336) 758-3144
Email: dossanpc@wfu.edu
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Lindsay ComstockLindsay R. Comstock-Ferguson
Assistant Professor

Office: Salem 16A
Phone: (336) 758-5514
Email: comstolr@wfu.edu

 

 

Bruce KingS. Bruce King
Professor, Associate Provost for Research

Office: Salem 15B
Phone: (336) 758-5774
Email: kingsb@wfu.edu

 

Chemical Education

Angela King

Angela G. King
Associate Teaching Professor

Office: Salem 206
Phone: (336) 758-5511
Email: kingag@wfu.edu

 

 

George DonatiGeorge L. Donati
Lecturer

Office: Salem 116A
Phone: (336) 758-4815
Email: donatigl@wfu.edu

 

 

Al Rives Al Rives
Associate Teaching Professor

Office: Salem 14B
Phone: (336) 758-4630
Email: rivesab@wfu.edu

 

 

John TomlinsonJohn Tomlinson
Associate Teaching Professor

Office: Salem 9C
Phone: (336) 758-4351
Email: tomlinjt@wfu.edu

 

 

David WrenDavid Wren
Lecturer and Director of the Chemistry Clinic

Office: Salem 203
Phone: (336) 758-3964
Email: wrenda@wfu.edu

 

 

Inorganic/Bioinorganic

Bierbach ImageUlrich Bierbach
Professor

Office: Salem 3B
Phone: (336) 758-3507
Email: bierbau@wfu.edu
Home Page: http://www.wfu.edu/academics/bierbachgp

 

Amanda JonesAmanda Jones,
Assistant Professor

Office: Salem 4
Phone: (336) 758-3054
Email: jonesac@wfu.edu

 

 

Abdou LachgarAbdessadek Lachgar
Professor

Office: Salem 4A
Phone: (336) 758-4676
Email: lachgar@wfu.edu

 

 

Ron NoftleRonald E. Noftle
Professor

Office: Salem 115B
Phone: (336) 758-5520
Email: noftle@wfu.edu

 

 

 

Mark WelkerMark E. Welker
Professor
, William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry

Office: Salem 15A
Phone: (336) 758-5758
Email: welker@wfu.edu

 

Materials/Polymers

Abdou LachgarAbdessadek Lachgar
Professor

Office: Salem 4A
Phone: (336) 758-4676
Email: lachgar@wfu.edu

 

 

Ron NoftleRonald E. Noftle
Professor

Office: Salem 115B
Phone: (336) 758-5520
Email: noftle@wfu.edu

 

 

Medicinal

Bierbach ImageUlrich Bierbach
Professor

Office: Salem 3B
Phone: (336) 758-3507
Email: bierbau@wfu.edu
Home Page: http://www.wfu.edu/academics/bierbachgp

 

Paul JonesPaul B. Jones
Associate Professor

Office: Salem 115A
Phone: (336) 758-3708
Email: jonespb@wfu.edu

 

 

Bruce KingS. Bruce King
Professor, Associate Provost for Research

Office: Salem 15B
Phone: (336) 758-5774
Email: kingsb@wfu.edu

 

 

Mark WelkerMark E. Welker
Professor
, William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry

Office: Salem 15A
Phone: (336) 758-5758
Email: welker@wfu.edu

 

Organic/Bioorganic/Organometallic

Amanda JonesAmanda Jones,
Assistant Professor

Office: Salem 4
Phone: (336) 758-3054
Email: jonesac@wfu.edu

 

 

 

Lindsay ComstockLindsay R. Comstock-Ferguson
Assistant Professor

Office: Salem 16A
Phone: (336) 758-5514
Email: comstolr@wfu.edu

 

 

Paul JonesPaul B. Jones
Associate Professor

Office: Salem 115A
Phone: (336) 758-3708
Email: jonespb@wfu.edu

 

 

Bruce KingS. Bruce King
Professor, Associate Provost for Research

Office: Salem 15B
Phone: (336) 758-5774
Email: kingsb@wfu.edu

 

 

Mark WelkerMark E. Welker
Professor
, William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry

Office: Salem 15A
Phone: (336) 758-5758
Email: welker@wfu.edu

 

 

Physical/Theoretical

Dilip KondepudiDilip K. Kondepudi
Professor

Office: Salem 204
Phone: (336) 758-5131
Email: dilip@wfu.edu

 

 

akbar_salam_smAkbar Salam
Professor

Office: Salem 202
Phone: (336) 758-3713
Email: salama@wfu.edu

 

Staff Listing

Melissa Doub

Melissa Doub,
Business Manager

Office: Salem 208
Phone:(336) 758-5325
Email: doubmm@wfu.edu

Linda Tuttle,
Staff Assistant

Office: Salem 110
Phone: (336) 758-6139
Email: tuttlel@wfu.edu

 

Technical Staff

 Cynthia Day,
Instrument Manager
 

Office: Salem 9F
Phone: (336) 758-5773
Email: daycs@wfu.edu

Tommy Murphy,
Instructional Technology
Consultant

Office: Salem 205
Phone: (336) 758-4717
Email: murphytj@wfu.edu

Marcus Wright
NMR Lab Manager
 

Office: Salem 9B
Phone: (336) 758-5981
Email: wrightmw@wfu.edu

 Mike Thompson,
Laboratory Manager
 

Office: Salem 103
Phone: (336) 758-5324
Email: mathomps@wfu.edu

Faculty Collaboration

Scientific Collaborations of the Wake Forest University Chemistry Department

The Department of Chemistry has a history of Departmental collaborations with, amongst many others, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM). In the past five years, Departmental Instrumentation & Training Grant proposals involving faculty from both Chemistry and Biochemistry have been submitted to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. The most recent examples of these Departmental collaborations are the funded 1995 proposal to NSF for a Triple Quad Mass Spectrometer housed at the School of Medicine, the funded 1997 proposal to the NC Biotechnology Center which assisted in the purchase of new 500 and 300 MHz NMR instruments housed in the Department, and a 1999 NIH training grant with the Department of Cancer Biology. Furthermore, most individual faculty members are involved in collaborative research efforts with School of Medicine faculty and others.

Rebecca Alexander is a member of the Center for Structural Biology and has a cross-appointment to the Department of Cancer Biology. She collaborates with Uli Bierbach to understand the molecular consequences of nucleic acid damage caused by platinum-containing compounds synthesized in the Bierbach lab. Her collaboration with Pamela Jones of Winston-Salem State University is funded by an NIH RIMI (Research Infrastructure at Minority Institutions) grant. This project studies the in vitro activity of E. coli CsdA, a cold-shock protein that destabilizes double-stranded RNA. Dr. Alexander also works with Xianglei Yang of the Scripps Research Institute to determine the high-resolution structure of E. coli methionyl-tRNA synthetase bound to its tRNA substrate.

Uli Bierbach is a member of the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University and has a cross-appointment in the Department of Cancer Biology. His collaborators at the Medical School, Sue Hess (Radiation Oncology) and Greg Kucera (Hematology-Oncology) are currently involved in various biological and preclinical studies of the compounds generated in the Bierbach laboratory. The collaborative research efforts include routine in vitro drug screening, radiation sensitization studies, and other experiments addressing the cellular biology of the drug prototypes. Collaborations also exists with the group of Rebecca Alexander in the Chemistry Department and groups abroad (S. J. Berners-Price, University of Western Australia; V. Brabec, National Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic).

Christa Colyer (department chair) and her research group are involved in numerous projects with outside collaborators, including the measurement of phycobiliproteins (with Dr. Charles Trees of CHORS), and the determination of proteins in complex mixtures by the development of CE-LIF and noncovalent labeling protocols (with Dr. Qian Wang and Dr. Karen Fox, University of South Carolina, and Dr. Hiroyuki Nakazumi of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan).

George L. Donati has active collaborations in trace element analysis and analytical instrumentation development with Profs. Clifton Calloway, Jr. (Winthrop University), Joaquim Nóbrega (Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil), José de Anchieta Gomes Neto (Sao Paulo State University, Brazil), Clésia Nascentes (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Bradley Jones (WFU), Mirian dos Santos (Sao Paulo State University, Brazil), and Drs. Keith Levine (Research Triangle Institute International) and Daniela Schiavo (Agilent Technologies). Ongoing collaborations in health science related topics involve Profs. Thomas Smith, Cynthia Emory, and Nicole Levi-Polyachenko (WFU School of Medicine), and Prof. Patricia dos Santos (WFU). Ecological and environmental studies are carried out in collaboration with Profs. Todd Anderson (WFU Biology Department) and Bakarr Kanu (Winston-Salem State University).

Willie Hinze has an extensive list of collaborators with whom he participates in a variety of projects. Nationally, Willie collaborates with Professor Stephen Weber (University of Pittsburgh) on micellar chromatography and with Professor Michael Sepaniak (University of Tennessee) on the use of bile salt surfactants in micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography. Internationally, Dr. Hinze has established collaborations with Professor Frank Quina (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) on ionene chemistry and applications in chemical analysis; with Edmondo Pramauro (University of Torino, Italy) on surfactant-mediated separation science; with Dr. Isamu Uemasu (National Institute for Resources and Environment, Tsukuba, Japan); and with Dr. Imdad Ullah (University of Peshawar, Pakistan) on the development of new extraction methods and the use of organized assemblies in chemical analysis. Funding for these international ventures has come from various sources, including the NSF, NATO, and Fulbright.

Bradley Jones has had several successful collaborations involving trace element analysis of clinical samples provided by researchers at WFUSM. Past collaborations with Dr. Mike Morykwas (WFUSM, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), Dr. Fanny Ennever (formerly of WFUSM, Public Health Services), and Dr. Robin Bostic (WFUSM, Public Health Services) have all resulted in joint publications and three funded joint NIH proposals. In addition, Brad has worked with Professor Richard Ehrenkaufer (WFUSM, PET Center) on trace metal analysis of radiopharmaceuticals. Extramural collaborations include work with Dr. Michael Mignardi (Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX) on the use of a digital micromirror device for analytical spectrometry; with Dr. Rick Cone (Perkin Elmer Corporation, Atlanta, GA) on the evaluation of sample preparation equipment for atomic spectrometry; with John Martin (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, NC) on trace metal research and collaborative education; and with John R. Leeman (Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH) on the development of instrumentation for trace metal determinations.

Bruce King collaborates extensively with Dr. Dany Kim-Shapiro (Physics, WFU). Together, they study the mechanism of action of the drug, hydroxyurea, for the treatment of sickle cell disease and the reaction of nitric oxide and nitrite with both normal and sickle cell hemoglobin in an effort to understand how breathing this gas can provide beneficial effects to sickle cell patients. Recently, they have examined the use of nitric oxide and related compounds to treat hemolytic conditions. Dr. King also works with Dr. Leslie Poole (Department of Biochemistry, WFUSM) on the development of fluorescently and immunologically labeled compounds for the in vivo profiling of protein redox status. Specifically, compounds are synthesized for the detection of protein sulfenic acids, which form through the oxidation of cysteine residues with hydrogen peroxide. Hopefully, these compounds will prove valuable in delineating the role that oxidation plays in many pathophysiological processes including cancinogenesis. Dr. King works with many members of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest, particularly Drs. Karin Scarpinato (Cancer Biology) and Fred Salsbury (Physics) on developing new agents to interact with mis-match repair proteins of DNA as new therapeutics. External to Wake Forest, Dr. King has an active collaboration with Dr. Dave Wink, National Institutes of Health in redox biology and Dr. Nazareno Paolocci, Johns Hopkins University, in identifying new nitric oxide delivery agents for the treatment of congestive heart failure.

Dilip Kondepudi has an ongoing collaboration with Kouichi Asakura , Keio University, Japan, on the spontaneous generation and propagation of chiral asymmetry in physical and chemical processes. The collaboration is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In addition, collaborative research is also done with the Robert Compton’s group at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Abdou Lachgar has active collaborations with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at Florida State University and Professor Arnold Guloy (University of Houston). This national collaboration focuses on magnetic properties study of materials made in Dr. Lachgar’s laboratory. Our group has set up collaborations and students exchange activities with four different international institutions: University of Mexico (Professor Munoz) funded by NSF; University of Tübingen, Germany (Professor Meyer), The institute of Materials Jean Rouxel, Nantes, France (Professor Piffard and Ouvrard), the university of Nantes (Professor Schleich) and the university of Casablanca, Morocco (Professor ElJazouli) Dr. Lachgar holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Nantes (1999-present), and at the University of Casablanca (1998-present). All our collaborations have strong focus on international student’s development using research as vehicle.

Ron Noftle is currently collaborating with Richard Manderville on the electrochemistry of ochratoxin A and prodigiosins. He and Richard have collaborated on American Cancer Institute and NIH proposals involving these projects. As this research develops, closer associations with the faculty of the Medical School will follow, particularly with those in the Cancer Center. Extramural collaborations include work with Dr. Derek Pletcher (Southampton University, UK) on the electrochemistry of platinum; with Dr. Gary L. Gard (Portland State University) on reactions of thiophenes with fluorinated sulfones; and with Dr. Darryl DesMarteau, (Clemson University) on novel fluorinated imides.

Mark Welker has held an appointment as Associate in Biochemistry since 1992, and Associate in Cancer Biology and member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1996. He has contributed to several joint WFUSM/Chemistry proposals and has served as an instructor in Cancer Biology 401. Along with Suzy Torti and Alan Townsend (Biochemistry, WFUSM), he holds a Cross Campus Collaborative Grant for the study of glutathione S-transferase inducers in cell lines. Dr. Welker also collaborates with Bill Rice of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, and David Covell and Andrew Maynard of the NCI Frederick Cancer Center on a project aimed at the synthesis of new anti-HIV-1 compounds that target retroviral nucleocapsid protein zinc fingers.

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