The Department of Chemistry is proud of its students, faculty, and alumni and their many accomplishments:
Each member of the Department has an on-going research program, thus research opportunities for students are available in a wide variety of areas. Students work on computer modeling of drug-protein interactions, synthesis of novel anti-bacterial molecules, analysis of pigments used in cave paintings, studies of the cell walls of fungi, and more. Visit the links below for an in-depth description of each faculty member′s research program.
The Iota Beta chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society was established at Rhodes College in 2010 by Elizabeth Jeans (Chemistry 2011), Caroline Lee (Chemistry 2011), Michelle Shroyer (Chemistry 2011), Alex Tong (BMB 2011), and Niti Yogesh (Chemistry 2012). This Honor Society, founded in 1920 at Davidson College, recognizes students who have done excellent work in college chemistry classes.
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Our student-run chemistry club.
The Rhodes Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) is an increasingly active club involved in bringing chemistry related activities to the Rhodes campus and the surrounding community.
Russ Research Group: Chemical / Biological Studies of Ancient Paints and Hazardous Explosive Detection
My research is focused on two projects: (1) Chemical analysis of prehistoric rock paints; and (2) Methods to detect explosives at a distance. At first these might seem diametrically opposed, but in fact both require the use of sophisticated, state-of-the-art chemical instruments.
Chemical/Biological Studies of Ancient Paints in the Lower Pecos Region of Texas
In recent years, many pathogenic organisms have developed resistance to traditional drugs. This situation has forced researchers to look for new active antibiotics by modification of current drugs, design new drugs or the search of novel active compounds from natural sources. Venoms are a rich source of biologically active molecules.
My research focuses on investigating regulatory mechanisms of eukaryotic gene expression. Currently, my laboratory is focusing on genes that are involved in fungal cell wall metabolism. The fungal cell wall, which is composed of polysaccharides and glycoproteins, is essential for growth and metabolism of the fungus and is an excellent target for antifungal drugs. We have identified several genes that play specific roles in cell wall metabolism in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans including genes that have homologues that have been found to be involved in
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The MERCURY Consortium
Professor Cafiero’s group is a member of the MERCURY Consortium, a group of computational and theoretical chemists at Liberal Arts colleges all around the country. This group has had continuous NSF funding for shared high-performance computing resources for the past ten years.
One of our current projects involves studying the selectivity of cytosolic sulfotransferases (SULTs). These enzymes catalyze the transfer of a sulfuryl moiety (-SO3) from an activated sulfate group, 3’-phosphoadenosine-5’-phosphosulfate (PAPS), to a sulfate acceptor, usually an aliphatic or aryl alcohol. SULTs play a critical role in the regulation of the levels and activities of human neurotransmitters and hormones, as well as the excretion and detoxification of xenobiotics, including drugs and food additives.
Each member of the Department has an on-going research program, thus research opportunities for students are available in a wide variety of areas. Students work on computer modeling of drug-protein interactions, synthesis of novel anti-bacterial molecules, analysis of pigments used in cave paintings, studies of the cell walls of fungi, and more. See the Research tab to the left for an in-depth description of each faculty member′s research program.
How many people graduate with a major in chemistry each year?
The Chemistry Department has graduated 120 majors in the last 8 years, and has averaged 18.2 graduates per year for the past 5 years. In addition, the associated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program has graduated 61 majors in the last 8 years, and averaged 8.4 graduates per year (all statistics compiled in 2013).
Where do our graduates go?
Departmental offices, classrooms, and a full range of laboratories are located in the Berthold S. Kennedy Hall. The department maintains a wide variety of research equipment and instruments, both to permit faculty members to carry out cutting-edge research and to permit students to have hands-on access to sophisticated equipment.
Left to right: Phillips Hutchison (‘19), John Dewar (’18), Cameron Tinker (’19), Alison Chang (’18) ,Meghan Kiker (’19), Will Eckenhoff