Chair and Associate Professor; Inorganic Chemistry
B.S., NC State University; Ph.D., Duke University
- Chem 101, 102; General Chemistry
- Chem 216; Inorganic Chemistry
- Chem 215 Environmental Chemistry
Our research is aimed at better understanding the fundamental chemistry associated with the treatment of iron-overload. Iron-overload is prevalent in people who cannot produce red blood cells and require repeated blood transfusions. The treatment involves co-administration of desferrioxamine B and vitamin C, which can generate free radicals through Fenton type reactions where the iron cycles between the +2 and +3 oxidation states. Our research is currently focused on translating our previous results from in vitro conditions to E. coli and other more biologically applicable model systems.