Research

We collaborate with life scientists, biomedical scientists and physical chemists to drive these research projects.
Synthetic chemistry
Developing versatile synthetic routes to tetrapyrrole macrocycles (the pigments of life – heme, chlorophylls, bacteriochlorophylls, cobalamin) provides an invaluable entrée to novel molecular architectures that advance our understanding of numerous disciplines including photosynthesis, catalysis, energy sciences, and biomedicine. 
Molecular diversity
Understanding the origin and evolution of molecular diversity is a central challenge in the life sciences.  Our present work on cyanobacteria from around the world entails analytical methods development, genome sequencing/analysis, and cloning of biosynthetic gene clusters to understand the production of novel secondary metabolites. 
Biomedical science
We seek revolutionary new therapeutic approaches for all forms of metastatic cancer, for which prognoses unfortunately remain dismal.   New fluorophore designs are also underway for use in clinical diagnostics.  The latter effort has emerged from our synthetic research as well as our creation and development of PhotochemCAD.