Our lab focuses on the design, synthesis, and study of molecules that emulate peptides, proteins, and natural products. These diverse naturally-occurring molecules have an incredibly diverse repertoire of function in nature. We strive to replicate these functions by creating synthetic molecules that could serve as sensors, materials, or therapeutics. Take a look at this video that summarizes one of our projects, and/or read more about our work with peptoids and other biomimetic molecules!

Educating undergraduates through research

Student researchers in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at SCU are all undergraduates. They work on projects carried out in Dr. Fuller's research laboratory and in introductory organic chemistry laboratory courses. Their work provides intensive training in modern synthesis methods and various spectroscopic analyses. Undergraduate researchers routinely present their research results at regional and national conferences and are co-authors on scientific publications.

Students interested in joining the lab should consult these FAQs and contact Dr. Fuller.


January, 2020: Congratulations to co-authors Somayeh Motevalli, Michelle Nguyen, and Ben Tan! Our paper detailing the synthesis and cyclooligomerization of N-substituted azole-amino acids, biomimetic synthetic building blocks, was published in ACS Omega!

July, 2019: Welcome to summer in the Fuller lab! New researchers Dylan Lawton ('20, De Novo Scholar), Michelle Nguyen ('21, REAL Scholar), Jose Moreno ('21), Ella Martinetto ('21), and Sukie Kevane (Lincoln HS, San Jose) join returning student researcher Christian Jimenez ('21, DeNardo Science Scholar) for the summer.

June, 2019: Grace Stokes (SCU) published a paper about peptoid-lipid interactions with our lab's contributions in J. Phys. Chem. B.! Congrats to Fuller lab co-authors Kalli Dowell and Anna Calkins!

December, 2018: In collaboration with Grace Stokes' lab here at SCU, we published an open-access paper in Biopolymers. 25 undergrads are co-authors on this paper, many of whom worked in the "majors' lab"!

December, 2018: Our paper, "Solution effects on the self-association of a water-soluble peptoid" was published in Biopolymers ! Congrats to several student co-authors: Jack Huber, Christian Jimenez, Kalli Dowell, Sam Hough, Alberto Ortega, and Kyra McComas, as well as our bioengineering collaborators Jeffrey Kunkel, and Prashanth Asuri!