Welcome to the Langenhan Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at Seattle University.

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is the Northwest’s largest independent university, with a population of over 6,500 students.  The Chemistry Department offers undergraduate degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry.  As a department, we are committed to developing critical thinkers and compassionate leaders for productive careers in chemistry-related professions. 

Undergraduate research is a vital component of our curriculum.  All students are required to fulfill a capstone requirement that includes a seminar course in chemical literature searching and scientific writing, and a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation.  In addition to these requirements, many chemistry majors and students pursuing related fields of study perform research at Seattle University during the summer or pursue internships at major research universities and institutions. 

The Langenhan group is pursuing research at the chemistry/biology interface.  We redesign biological molecules with the twin goals of understanding their functions and modulating their activities.  For current research projects please click on the "Research" tab above.

News and Updates

  • April 2017
    Katie Rykaczewski was awarded an NSF REU fellowship to work with Prof. Schindler at the University of Michigan. Congratulations!
  • March 2017
    Lydia Griggs and Paxton Reed have joined the lab. They will both be working on the glycopeptide project.
  • January 2017
    Post-baccalaureate student Anna Smith has joined the lab. She will be working on the generation of glycopeptides.
  • April 2016
    Calvin Leonen has accepted an offer to enroll in the PhD program at the University of Washington's Department of Chemistry.  Congratulations!
  • April 2016
    Joe was promoted by Seattle University to the rank of Full Professor.
  • March 2016
    Biochemistry major Katie Rykaczewski and biology major Karyl Yamakawa have joined the lab.  They will both work on the development synthetic methodologies for N-linked glycopeptides.
  • January 2016
Biochemistry major Kate Sabourin has joined the lab.  She will work on the development synthetic methodologies for N-linked glycopeptides.
  • September 2015
Joe was awarded a NIH R15 AREA award to support research into methodology for the synthesis of structurally homogeneous N-linked glycopeptides.
  • April 18, 2015

          Former student Derek Rogalsky earned Seattle University's Outstanding Recent Alumus Award.  https://www.seattleu.edu/alumni/community/OutstandingRecentAlumnus-2015/?LangType=1033

  • February 2015
Joe co-authored a paper with Scott Ferrenberg (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Jeffrey Kane (Northern Arizona University) on conifer defenses. http://treephys.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/02/24/treephys.tpv015.full
  • November 25, 2014

Former student Matt Endo visited Seattle University's campus today and gave a talk on his dissertation work entitled, "Synthesis-Enabled Understanding of the Mechanism of Action of Amphotericin B."  It was great to see Matt and hear about his work at the University of Illinois!

  • November 2014

Joe, along with colleagues PJ Alaimo and Ian Suydam, recently published a paper in the Journal of Chemical Education entitled "Aligning the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory Experience with Professional Work" (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed400510b).  The paper was highlighted in a recent issue of Science (2014, vol. 346, p. 961).

  • October 2014

Former student Lauren Slevin earned her PhD from Prof. Kevin Slep's lab at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Congratulations Lauren!

  • Sept 5th, 2014

Former student Derek Rogalsky, currently a fourth year medical student at Georgetown University, recieved an American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award.  Medicals schools can nominate only one person for the award, and only 15 students nationally win it each year.  Congratulations Derek!