Seminar Program Archive

*All Seminars are scheduled for 1 PM, Patricia A. Sullivan Science Building, 301 McIver Street, Rm 201, unless otherwise stated.

Spring 2015 Fall 2014 Spring 2014 Fall 2013 Spring 2013 Fall 2012 Spring 2012
Fall 2011 Spring 2011 Fall 2010 Spring 2010      

Spring 2015

January 16, 2015

L. Staton Noel III MS, MBA
Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization

Innovation Commercialization at UNCG; What it is and Why it is important to your research


January 23, 2015

Dr. Peter Stout
Director of the Center for Forensic Sciences

The Fragility of Justice: Why Forensic Science (and particularly chemistry) Matters to You


January 30, 2015

Dr. Paul Lewer
Research Fellow Dow AgroSciences

“Natural Products Development at Dow AgroSciences"


February 6, 2015

Dr. Gregory H. Robinson
The University of Georgia Department of Chemistry
Foundation Distinguished Professor

"Carbene-Stabilization of Highly Reactive Molecules"


February 13, 2015

Dr. Herman Holt Jr.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry
UNC Asheville

"Synthesis of Heterocyclic Combretastatin and Chalcone Molecules"


February 20, 2015

Dr. Jon C. Antilla
University of South Florida, Department of Chemistry

"Reaction Methodology Utilizing Chiral Phosphate Derived Catalysts"


February 27, 2015

Dr. Mitchell Croatt
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, UNCG

"Towards the Ideal Synthesis:  Discovery and Design of New Reactions"


March 6, 2015

Dr. Mindy Levine
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry,  University of Rhode Island

"Macrocycle Interactions: From Fundamental Science to Application Performance"


March 13, 2015

Spring Break

March 20, 2015

Renée Hayslett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mercer University College of Pharmacy

"Validation of adolescent chronic restraint stress as an animal model of depression"


March 27, 2015

Dr. Joanna Burdette
University of Illinois at Chicago

"Characterization of non-steroidal progestins from botanicals for women's health"


April 3, 2015

Spring Holiday

April 10, 2015

Aaron T. Wright, Senior Scientist
Biological Sciences Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

"Chemical Probing to Investigate Human Phase I Metabolism and Microbial Protein Functions and Regulation"


April 17, 2015

Dr. Mitch Croatt Panel Discussion

"Advice, Experiences, and Information Dealing with Professional Schools"

April 24, 2015

5th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research Excellence
Presented by Senior Undergraduate Researchers at the UNCG Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Fall 2014

August 22, 2014

Chemical Safety Seminar

August 29, 2014

Biosafety Seminar

September 5, 2014

Dr. Amanda Morris                                                            
Virginia Tech

Next Generation Solar Energy Solutions… A Fundamental Perspective


September 12, 2014

Dr. Simon Meek
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

New Catalysts as Strategies for Organic Synthesis


September 18-19, 2014

Sixth Biennial Wood Coatings and Substrates Conference

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Dimitris S. Argyropoulos – Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University
Professor Mark D. Soucek - Department of Polymer Engineering - University of Akron

Thursday Sept. 18 from 12:55-4:30  EUC Cone Ballroom A
Friday Sept. 19 from 8:00-2:00  EUC Cone Ballroom A

All seminar students are required to attend one of the presentations


September 26, 2014

Dr. Elena Jakubikova
North Carolina State University

Earth-abundant solar cells: Can iron complexes serve as photosensitizers in DSSCs?


October 3, 2014

Dr. Gregory Dudley
Florida State University

Selective Microwave Heating of Organic Reactions


October 10, 2014

Dr. Seth Cohen
Appalachian State University

Fermentation Pathways: Academic and Metabolic


October 17, 2014

Panel Discussion: Dr. Mitch Croatt

Careers for Chemists - Entrepreneurship
Dr. Cedric Pearce, Mycosynthetix
Mr. Timothy Ballard, En-Cas Analytical Laboratories
Mr. Ron Obie, Wood Coatings Research Group, Inc.
Dr. Tony Mifsud, Innovation Fund North Carolina

October 24, 2014

Dr. Bryan Cullen
Duke University

Viruses and microRNA

October 31, 2014

Derek Shore
UNCG PhD Student

Allosteric Modulation of the Human Cannabinoid-1 Receptor: Negative Modulators, Positive Modulators, and Everything in Between!

November 7, 2014

Dr. Bill Pennington
Clemson University

Halogen Bonding: Fundamentals and Applications

November 14, 2014

Dr. Kenneth Brown
George Institute of Technology

Ion trap quantum computers for chemistry


November 21, 2014

Dr. Debra Kendall
University of Connecticut

Allosteric, Biased-Signaling Modulators of the Cannabinoid Receptor One: Thinking Outside the Active Site


Spring 2014

Jan 17, 2014:

Dr. Paul Spearing
Senior Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline

"PPAR gamma Partial Agonists for Treatment in Type 2 Diabetes"

Jan 24, 2014:

Dr. Pablo Sobrado
Virginia Tech

"Mechanism of hydroxylation and substrate selectivity in N-hydroxylating flavin-dependent monooxygenases"


Jan 31, 2014:

Dr. V. Jo Davisson
Purdue University

“Excursions into Small-molecule-Protein Interactions”

Feb 7, 2014:

Dr. Nadja Cech

"Anti-Virulence Compounds from Nature: Outsmarting the Superbugs"

Feb 14, 2014:

Dr. David Muddiman  
North Carolina State University

"Innovative Chemical and Instrumental Approaches Directed at Unraveling Complex Biological Systems"


Feb 21, 2014:

Dr. Benjamin Garcia
University of Pennsylvania

“Quantitative Proteomics for Understanding the Histone Code”

Feb 28, 2014:

Dr. Klaus Gawrisch
National Institutes of Health

“Lipid dependence of GPCR structure and function, a study by nuclear magnetic resonance”

March 7, 2014:

Dr. Matheos Koffas
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Engineering static and dynamic control of metabolic fluxes in microorganisms"

March 14, 2014:

Spring Break

March 21, 2014:

Dr. Squire Booker
Penn State University

"A Radical Reaction Leading to Antibiotic Resistance"

March 28, 2014:

Dr. Jonathan Lindsey
North Carolina State University

“Capturing Sunlight with Synthetic Tetrapyrrole Macrocycles”

April 4, 2014:

Panel Discussion: Job Applications and Interview Processes

April 11, 2014:

Dr. Marinella Sandros
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

"Engineered NanoBiosensors for Biomarker Detection"


April 18, 2014:

Spring Holiday

April 25, 2014:

Nadja Cech

"Celebration of Undergraduate Research in Chemistry & Biochemistry"

Fall 2013

August 23, 2013:

Chemical Safety Seminar

August 30, 2013:

Biosafety Seminar

September 6, 2013:

Dr. Guy Carter
Carter-Bernan Consulting, LLC

“Co-opting Nature: Translation of Natural Products into Drugs”


September 13, 2013:

Dr. Sheryl Wiskur
University of South Carolina

"Silylation-based kinetic resolutions: Substrate Scope and Mechanistic Investigations"


September 20, 2013:

Panel Discussion: Choosing A Graduate School or Postdoc

Dr. Amanda Jones - Wake Forest University
Dr. Sezgin Kiren - Winston-Salem State University
Dr. Anne Glenn - Guilford College
Dr. Joshua Pierce - North Carolina State University

September 27, 2013:

Dr. Lee Ferguson
Duke University

October 4, 3013:

Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui
University of North Carolina Greensboro

"Biogeochemical cycling of mercury in natural ecosystems"


October 11, 2013:

Dr. John Gupton
University of Richmond

“The Application of Vinylogous Iminium Salt Derivatives to the  Synthesis  of Bioactive Pyrrole Containing Marine Natural Products”

October 18, 2013:

Dr. Hendrik Luesch
University of Florida

"Marine Cyanobacterial Natural Products as Starting Points for Drug Discovery"


October 25, 2012:

Dr. Russell Grant
Laboratory Corporation of America

“Mass Spectrometry in Clinical Diagnosis, from tesla to toasters”


November 1, 2013:

Dr. Brian Drouin
Jet Propulsion Laboratories

"THz spectroscopy at JPL"


November 8, 2013:

Dr. Stephen Polyak
University of Washington

"Defining how natural products block virus-induced inflammation"


November 15, 2013:

Dr. Courtney Aldrich
University of Minnesota

"Design of Antibiotics for Tuberculosis that Target Biotin Metabolism"


November 22, 2013:

Dr. Michael Huggins
University of West Florida

Spring 2013

January 25, 2013:

Dr. Robin Bedford
University of Bristol, UK

“Iron Cauldrons and Witches Brews”


February 1, 2013:

Seminar will be 1 hour and 45 minutes with time for informal questions at the end.

Careers after UNCG Discussion Panel

"Experiences and Advice from Underrepresented Minorities in Chemistry"

Dr. Patricia Dos Santos - Wake Forest University
Dr. Cliff Bell - Winston-Salem State University
Thaddeus Jackson - R.J. Reynolds
Dr. Margaret Kanipes - NC A&T State University

February 8, 2013:

Dr. Thomas E. Prisinzano
University of Kansas

“Salvia Divinorum: A Unique CNS Active Plant”


February 15, 2013:

Dr. Jonathan Scheerer
College of William and Mary

"A Tale of Two Polycyclic Alkaloids: (1) Loline alkaloids, a family of insecticidal and insect antifeedant 1-aminopyrrolizidine natural products and (2) the malbrancheamides, [2.2.2]-diazabicyclic structures with indole halogenation"


February 22, 2013:

Dr. Michael Novak
Miami University

“Chemistry and Biology of Arylnitrenium Ions”


March 1, 2013:

No Seminar

March 8, 3013:

Keivan Ettefagh
UNCG Graduate Student

“The three tiered antimicrobial effect of Hydrastis candensis against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

March 15, 2013:

Spring Break

March 22, 2013:

Dr. Xuan Zhao
University of Memphis

“Design of Photocatalytic Systems for H2 Production”


March 29, 2012:

Spring Holiday

April 5, 2013:


Dr. Brian Thomas
RTI International

“Mass Spectrometry-Based Approaches for Targeted and Broad Spectrum Detection and Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoids and other Designer Drugs of Abuse”

April 12, 2013:

Dr. Mark Grinstaff
Boston University

"New Approaches to the Prevention of Lung Tumor Recurrence Following Surgical Resection"


April 19, 2013:

Dr. Michael Federle
University of Illinois at Chicago

“Conspiracy theories: How bacteria collude to harm us, and how small molecules might protect”

April 26, 2013:

Undergraduate Research Symposium
"Celebration of Excellence in Undergraduate Research"

Seminar presented by undergraduate students pursuing research in the
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Room:  201 Sullivan Science Building
Reception following on the 4th floor, Mountain Dew Lobby

Fall 2012

August 24th:

Chemistry Safety Seminar

August 31st:

Biological Safety Seminar

September 7th:

Dr. Scott Runyon
Research Triangle Park

"The Identification of Neuropeptide S Receptor Ligands as Treatments for Substance Abuse"


September 14th:

Dr. Catherine Neto
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
"Cranberry Power - From the Colon to the Brain and Everything In Between"


September 21st:

The 5th Wood Coatings and Substrate Conference

Conference Program

September 28th:

Dr. Walter W. Weare
North Carolina State University

Department of Chemistry 

"Heterobimetallic molecules with tunable metal-to-metal charge transfer (MMCT) transitions for solar-to-fuel applications"


October 5th:

Dickson Wambua
UNCG Graduate Student
"Mass Spectrometric Methods and Bioinformatics Tools for Accurate Identification of MicroRNA Biomarkers"


October 12th:

Dr. Amanda Jones
Wake Forest University

Department of Chemistry 
"Structure and NMR Spectroscopy of Gold (I) Complexes Relevant to Catalysis"


October 19th:

Hanan Althagafy

UNCG Graduate Student

"Flavonolignans: Selective Monomethylation and Biomimetic Synthesis"


October 26th:

Vamsikrishna Kandhi

UNCG Graduate Student

"Identification, Quantification and Investigation of Anti-inflammatory effects of Alkylamides from Echinacea purpurea"


November 2nd:


Dr. Michael Novak

Miami University

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

"Chemistry and Biology of Arylnitrenium Ions"


November 9th:

My "Life After UNCG" Discussion Panel: Women in Science
Moderator: Dr. Mitch Croatt, UNCG
Panelists: Dr. Johanna Mazlo - Syngenta
Dr. Rebecca Alexander - Wake Forest University
Dr. Maria Ngu-Schwemlein - Winston-Salem State University
Sandhya Manjunath - Scynexis
Dr. Allyn Howlett - Wake Forest School of Medicine

Seminar Schedule* - SPRING 2012 

January 13th:

Dr. Alexander Horswill

University of Iowa
"Quorum-sensing control of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm dispersal"


January 20th:

Dr. Travis Williams 
University of Southern California 
"A Dual Site Catalyst for Hydride Manipulation"


January 27th:

Dr. James Fuchs
Ohio State University
"Natural Products as Leads for Drug Design and Synthesis"


February 3rd:

Dr. Thomas R. Hoye
University of Minnesota
"Using Organic Chemistry to Evaluate Hypotheses of Spontaneous Biosynthetic Events"


"Looking Back at My Woodward Years: Linkage Through Structure, Symmetry, Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Mechanism" (This Seminar will be at 4:30pm, RM SUL 435)


February 10th:

Dr. Gary Douberly
University of Georgia
"Spectroscopy of Molecular Clusters in 0.4 K Helium Nanodroplets"


February 17th:

Dr. John E. Straub
Boston University
"When Protein Folding Goes Wrong: Probing the Molecular Origins of Amyloid Disease"


February 24th:

Dr. Robert B. Cody
"What's the Opposite of Pandora's Box? Ambient Ionization Techniques and DART Mass Spectrometry"


March 2nd:

Dr. Michael W. Schmiederer

DNA Identification Testing Division

Laboratory Corporation of America

"Human DNA Identification Testing.  Applications for Relationship Analysis, Clinical Diagnosis, and Popular Culture"


March 9th:

Holiday Break

March 16th:

Dr. Reza A. Ghiladi

North Carolina State University

"Unraveling the Dehaloperoxidase Paradox: Structural, Spectroscopic and Mechanistic Investigations of Dehaloperoxidase B from Amphitrite ornate"


March 23rd:

Careers after UNCG Discussion Panel: Different Academic Opportunities
Moderator: Dr. Mitch Croatt, UNCG
Panelists: Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, UNC Chapel Hill
Dr. Paul Jones, Wake Forest University
Dr. Erland Stevens, Davidson College
Dr. Peggy Geiger, Gaston College

March 30th:

Dr. Tawnya McKee
National Institutes of Health
"Targeting the HIF Pathway Searching for Modulators of HIF-2 and p300"

Seminar Schedule* - FALL 2011

August 26th: Chemical Safety Seminar
September 2nd:

Biological Safety Seminar

September 9th:

Dr. Rajesh Agarwal

University of Colorado at Denver

"Prostate Cancer Efficacy of Silybin and Its Structurally Related Flavonolignans "


September 16th:

Dr. David Pasco

National Center for Natural Products Research

University of Mississippi

"The Role of Endophytic Bacterial Components in the Therapeutic Action of Echinacea"


September 23rd:

Symposium to Honor Professor Terry Nile

Dr. Rachel Austin

Bates College

"Oil Spills, Dead Zones, and Environmental Alkane Oxidation"


Dr. Brooks Avery

University of North Carolina Wilmington

"Rainwater Fertilization of the Oceans: Implications for Uptake of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide "


Dr. Melissa Turman

Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

"Putting the Pieces Together: Chemistry & Biology of Macromolecular Complexes in Inflammation"

September 30th:

Dr. Edward Kennelly

City University of New York, Lehman College

"Black Cohsh: An American Herbal Remedy or Snake Oil?"

October 7th:

Dr. Roberto Gil

Carnegie Mellon University, PA

"NMR Spectroscopy in Anisotropic Media. A Powerful Tool for the Configurational, Conformational and Constitutional Analysis of Small Organic Molecules"


October 14th:

Dr. Gary Douberly

University of Georgia

"Spectroscopy of Molecular Clusters in 0.4 Kelvin Helium Nanodroplets"


October 21st:

Hiyas Junio

UNCG Graduate Student

"Synergy Directed Fractionation: A Modified Approach to Bioassay-Guided Isolation With Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis, L.)"

October 28th:

Dr. Imogene Grimes

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.

"The Role of a Statistician in Getting Drugs on the Market"

November 4th:

Dr. Kay Brummond

University of Pittsburgh

"Exploiting Allenes in the Synthesis of Molecularly Complex and Biologically Relevant Targets"


November 11th:

Dr. D. Craig Hopp

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

"Natural Products, Nutraceuticals and NCCAM: A First Hand Account of an Evolving Industry"


November 18th:

Careers after UNCG Discussion Panel-Non-Academic Opportunities


Dr. Mitch Croatt, UNCG


Dr. Nicole Deschamps, Glaxo-Smith-Kline

Dr. Ivan Piletic, Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Sameer Tyagi, Syngenta

Dr. Keith Levine, Research Triangle Institute

November 25: Thanksgiving Break
December 2nd:

Dr. Tao Pan

University of Chicago

"Functional Genomics of tRNA and RNA Modifications"


Seminar Schedule* - Spring 2011

January 14th:  
January 21st:

Nicolle Babocsi

UNCG Graduate Student

January 28th:

Dr. Narasinga Rao

UNCG Adjunct Professor

"Biomolecular Structure-Activity Studies by NMR and Computational Methods"


February 4th:

Dr. David Muddiman

North Carolina State University

"Innovative Approaches to Proteomics and Glycomics Research "


February 11th:

Dr. Jim McAlpine

Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and Institute of Tuberculosis Research, UIC

"The Genomics of Secondary Metabolite Bioynthesis"


February 18th:

Dr. Charles Beam

College of Charleston

"The Use of Polylithiated Intermediates for the Unequivocal Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Azoles, Pyranone-Related, and Pyridine-Related Heterocyclic Compounds"


February 25th:

Dr. Herbert Seltzman

Discovery Sciences

RTI International

Research Triangle Park, NC

"Moderating Cannabinoid CB1 Receptors with a Neutral Antagonist"


March 11th:  
March 18th:

Dr. K.V. Lakshmi

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"The Mechanism of Solar Water Oxidation: Pulsed Multi-Frequency Multi-Dimensional EPR Spectroscopy Studies of Photosystem II"


March 25th:

Dr. Harold Kohn

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Vimpat®: A First-In-Class Antiepileptic Agent"


April 1st:

Thomas Lane

UNCG Graduate Student

April 8th:

Dr. Maurice Brookhart

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Alkane Metathesis: A Route to Tomorrow's Fuels?"


April 15th:

Dr. Mary Abood

Temple University

"Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55 - Putative Cannabinoid Receptors?"


April 26th:

"Celebration of Excellence in Undergraduate Research"

Seminar presented by undergraduate students pursuing research in the

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Room:  201 Sullivan Science Building

Reception following on the 4th floor, Mountain Dew Lobby

Seminar Schedule* - Fall 2010

August 27th:

Chemical Safety Seminar

September 3rd:

Biological Safety Seminar

September 10th:

Woods Coating Symposium

click for more information

September 17th:

Dr. Allen Bush (Seminar Location SC201)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Maryland Baltimore County

"Comparison of pneumococcal type 10 capsules with Streptococcus oralis
receptor polysaccharides--The structures and genes for biosynthesis."

Abstract    jbc285_24217.pdf   bioppreprt.pdf    jbact191_1891.pdf

September 24th:

Dr. Glenn Kaatz

School of Medicine

Wayne State University

"Biocide and Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria Conferred by Efflux Transporters"

Abstract   AAC 2003.pdf   IJAA 2003.pdf   Phytochemistry 2007.pdf   BOMC 2007.pdf   Totarol.pdf

BOMC 2008.pdf   Phytochemistry 2004.pdf

October 1st:

Dr. David Nichols

Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology

Purdue University

"Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of G Protein Coupled Receptors"

October 15th:

Dr. George O'Doherty

Department of Chemistry

West Virginia University

October 22nd:  
October 29th:

Dr. Mark O'Neil-Johnson

Sequoia Sciences

November 5th:

Dr. Kazuko Nishikura

Wistar Institute

November 12th:

Dr. Robert Powers

University of Nebraska Lincoln

"NMR and Drug Discovery: A Systems Biology Perspective"

November 19th:

Jonathan Stewart

UNCG Graduate Student

December 3rd:

Chue Yang

UNCG Graduate Student

December 10th:

Rohini Patil

UNCG Graduate Student

Seminar Schedule* - Spring 2010

January 29th:

Dr. Virinder Parmar

Bioorganic Laboratory, Department of Chemistry

University of Delhi,

Delhi, India

"Development of natural products based antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiplatelet agents"

Abstract   bba.pdf   biochemistry.pdf  bmc-bracke.pdf   bmc-glsharma.pdf  Cancer article.pdf  

February 5th:

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC


February 12th :

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

February 19th :

Dr. Okezie I Aruoma

Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Touro College of Pharmacy

New York, NY

"Assessment of bioefficacy of dietary factors"


February 26th :

Dr. Tim Peck

MRM, a Division of Protasis Corporation

Savoy, IL


March 5th :

Karla Madrigal

UNCG Graduate Student

March 12th:

Spring Break

March 19th:

Dr. John Papanikolas

Department of Chemistry

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

"Ultrafast Dynamics in Complex Systems"


March 26th:

Dr. Keith Levine

RTI International

Research Triangle Park, NC

"Frontiers in Trace Element Analysis"


April 2nd: Spring Holiday
April 9th:

Dr. Jordan Poler

Department of Chemistry

UNC Charlotte

Charlotte, NC


April 16th:

Dr. David Crouch

Department of Chemistry

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

"Precipitons in Aqueous Systems"

Abstract    ACIEE2001pg1875.pdf    ja0561340.pdf   ma020155m.pdf

April 23rd:


April 30th:

Taylor Mabe

UNCG Graduate Student

May 7th: OPEN