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Faculty research interests

Faculty member Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker

My group develops and synthesizes stimuli-responsive materials with applications in:

  • Recyclable and biodegradable plastics
  • Controlled drug release systems
  • Biomedical or environmental sensors
Recent publications and presentations
  • M. Baker and B. Hoyt. "Development and Synthesis of Stimuli-responsive Bond-cleaving Polymers’, Quest SUNY Oswego, April 2017.
Faculty member Kestas Bendinskas

Kestas Bendinskas

My research group works with:

  • Exploring effects of metals on human health, i.e. omics of lead (Pb), cadmium, mercury, arsenic in kids and steel mill workers in Oswego and Syracuse in the USA, Kolkata in India, and Tbilisi in Georgia;
  • Studying metal-binding properties of proteins, e.g., the quenching of fluorescence of alpha-macroglobulin due to its binding to Pb;
  • Using detection methods to measure stress biomolecules in novel matrixes, such as cortisol in hair;
  • Developing modern biochemistry and omics teaching laboratory experiments.
Recent publications and presentations
  • Gump, B. B., Gabrikova, E., Bendinskas, K., Dumas, A. K., Palmer, C. D., Parsons, and MacKenzie, J. A., Low-Level Mercury in Children: Associations with Sleep Duration and Cytokines, 2014, Environmental Research, 134, 228–232.
  • Bendinskas, K.*, Weber, B., Nsouli, T., Nguyen, H. V., Joice, C., Niri, V. and Jaskolla, T. W., A teaching laboratory for comprehensive lipid characterization from food samples, 2014, Journal of Chemical Education, 91, 10, 1697–1701.
  • Cavalcante, R., Patil, S., Weymouth, T.E., Bendinskas, K.G., Karnovsky*, A., and Sartor*, Ma.A., ConceptMetab: Exploring relationships among metabolite sets to identify links among biological concepts, 2016, Bioinformatics, 1–8.
  • Bendinskas, K.* (March 2016) “Lead, mercury, sleep, and inflammatory markers in adolescents: An OMICS approach”, ACS national meeting, San Diego, CA
Faculty member Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown

My research group is interested in the following areas:

  • Designing, synthesizing, and characterizing copper(I) coordination compounds;
  • Investigating photoluminescent properties of copper(I) for applications in optoelectronics;
  • Exploring mechanochemical syntheses as greener alternatives for traditional synthetic inorganic methods.
Recent publications and presentations
  • T. Brown and A. Mars. "The Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Photoemissive Copper(I) Coordination Compounds” Quest SUNY Oswego April 2017
Faculty member Martha Bruch

Martha D. Bruch

  • Use of spectroscopic techniques, especially NMR, to probe the relationship between molecula structure and physical or chemical properties of a wide range of substances, including synthetic polymers, peptides, organic molecules, and modified silica surfaces.
Faculty member Fehmi Damkaci

Fehmi Damkaci

  • Total synthesis of heterocyclic natural products with medicinal and/or structural importance,
  • Development of new synthetic organic reactions. Currently, we are involved in the discovery of new ligand for Ullman type aryl-aryl couplings,
  • Development of new experiments for organic laboratory curriculum using microwave.
Recent publications and presentations
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Adam Szymaniak, Ryan Cotroneo. Total Synthesis of Diabetes Drug Rosiglitazone for the Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum. Chemical Educator 2017, 22, 66-69.
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Abdulkhaliq Alaweed, Erik Vik. N-Picolinamides as ligands for Ullman type C-N couplings. Tetrahedron Letters 2016, 57, 2197-2200.
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Adam Szymaniak. “Multicomponent Biginelli Reaction: Discovery Based Organic Chemistry Experiment.”  Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91, 943-945.
  • Fehmi Damkaci, Esra Altay, Matthew Waldron, David Snow and Nicholas Massaro. “N-Picolinamides as Ligands for Ullmann-type Homocoupling Reactions.”Tetrahedron Letters 2014, 55, 690-693.

Faculty member Shokouh Haddadi

Shokouh Haddadi 

In our forensic research laboratory, we focus on developing analytical approaches for applications in toxicology, drug analysis, arson detection and chemical analysis of latent fingerprints:

  • Developing methods for the determination of drugs used in Drug Facilitated Crimes (DFC) in biological samples using extraction techniques such as dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME), solid-phase extraction and solid phase microextraction coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
  • Investigating interferences from substrates in fire debris analysis, using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
  • Investigating the effect of age and gender on the chemical composition of latent fingerprints, using liquid-liquid extraction, followed by derivatization and analysis with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
  • Developing new experiments for forensic science laboratory curriculum.
Recent publications and presentations
  • A. Aldrich, G. Odugbesi, S. Haddadi. "Investigating the background interferences of carpet substrates in accelerant identification" 41st Northeast Regional ACS Meeting (NERM), Binghamton, NY, USA, October 5-8, 2016.
  • C. Bonzerato, M. Butera, S. Haddadi. "Analysis of Diphenhydramine (DPH) in Urine Samples Using Dispersive Liquid-Liquid Microextraction (DLLME) and GC-MS" Quest, SUNY Oswego, April 2016
  • C. Landers and S. Haddadi. "Identification and quantification of Amino Acids in Latent Fingerprints by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry" Quest, SUNY Oswego, April 201
Faculty member Webe Kadima

Webe C. Kadima

  • Characterization of the effects of metal ions’ chemistries on the allosteric conformational changes and association of proteins.

  • Investigations of plants used to treat diabetes in the Democratic of Congo (DRC) including:

    • Clinical studies of the anti-hyperglycemic effects in people with diabetes performed in the DRC.
    • Biochemical studies of the mechanisms of action at SUNY Oswego.
    • Isolation and determination of the structure of anti-diabetic compounds at SUNY Oswego.
Recent publications and presentations
  • Multiple Antidiabetic Action of Musanga cecropioides, a Plant Used to treat Diabetes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the proceedings of the American Diabetes Association’s 76th Scientific Sessions (June 10 - 14, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana).
  • Isolation and Identification of Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors from Musanga cecropioides. National Conference on Undergraduate Research (4/2016)
Faculty member Julie Koeppe

Julia Koeppe

The major focus of our lab is the study of protein interactions involved in the activation and regulation of the complement system. The complement system is an important part of innate immunity, and misregulation can lead to inflammatory diseases.

  • We specifically focus on complement component 3 (C3) and its interactions with other complement proteins as well as with thrombomodulin, a protein which is best known for its regulatory role in blood clotting. We use a variety of methods including hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDXMS) and fluorescence spectroscopy to investigate interactions between the proteins of interest.

In another project, we are using a combination of computational and wet lab techniques to determine enzyme function. The target enzymes have structures available in the protein databank, but their function is unknown. This work is being used to create a research-style curriculum for the undergraduate biochemistry teaching lab.

Faculty member Vadoud Niri

Vadoud Niri

The main focus of our research group is to develop analytical methods for:

  • monitoring chemical pollutants, which negatively affect public health and the environment (air, water, soil and sediment media) and investigating the efficiency of possible removal/remediation techniques for these compounds,
  • measuring/monitoring drugs in pharmaceutical products and biological media (in-vitro and in-vivo),
  • analyzing flavors/off-flavors and toxic compounds (e.g. pesticides and preservatives) in food samples, 
  • analyzing organic compounds such as fragrances emitted from living flowers and plants.

The analytical techniques and instrumentations being used are solvent-free sampling/sample preparation techniques such as solid phase microextraction and needle trap devices, coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); as well as spectroscopic instruments.

Recent publications and presentations
  • G. Peterson, T. Jones, D. Rispoli, D. Stitt, S. Haddadi, and V. Niri, Monitoring Volatile Organic Compound Removal by Common Indoor Plants Using Solid Phase Microextraction and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting,Philadelphia, PA, August 21-25, 2016.
  • J. Calvert, H. Posada, and V. Niri, Analyzing heavy metals in the soil samples of local farms in Oswego NY, ACS Northeast Regional Meeting 2016, Binghamton, NY, October 5-8, 2016.
  • G. Peterson, A. Donahoe, and V. Niri, Chemical Analysis of Electronic Cigarettes Using Solid Phase Microextraction and Needle Trap Device Coupled to Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 16-20, 2015.
  • H. Posada, J. Calvert, and V. Niri, Analyzing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Drinking Water in Oswego City, SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY, April 10, 2015.
Faculty member Casey Raymond

Casey C. Raymond

My research group is interested in three areas listed below.  

  • In the first area, students will learn air-sensitive techniques, including the use of Schlenk lines and gloveboxes.
  • Students will also learn common charaterization techniques, including UV-vis, IR, and NMR spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, electrochemistry, and X-ray crystallography.
  • Students in the third area of research will learn separation techniques and characterization techniques of food and fermentation related systems.
Recent publications and presentations
  • C. C. Raymond, J.A. Schneider, “Fermentation Science in a Global Society with a Study Abroad Flavor” in “Ethanol and Education: Alcohol as a Theme for Teaching Chemistry “ Barth, R., Benvenuto, M.A. Eds. ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C. 2015.
  • N.N. Dingra, T. Ayudhya, C.C. Raymond, “Hexamethylenetetramine carboxyborane: synthesis, structural characterization and CO releasing property” Dalton Trans.201746, 882–889. 
  • C. C. Raymond, M. A. Knopp, “Crystal structure of 1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13-undecahydrocyclododeca[c]pyrazol-3-ol” Acta Cryst. E, 2015, 71, 752–753.

James Pagano

  • Great Lakes Fish Monitoring Program,
  • Lake Ontario Air Deposition Study (LOADS),
  • Congenerspecific analysis of PCBs in human placental tissues and serum; reductive dechlorination of PCBs in an anaerobic bioreactor systems and CDFs;
  • Analysis of native Alaskan foods;
  • Development of analytical methods for the determination/separation PCBs/PCTs in industrially contaminated sediments;
  • Utilization of snapping turtles and zebra mussels as environmental biomonitors.

Research funding is provided through collaborative grants from USEPA, ATSDR, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, NYS Great Lakes Protection Fund, Great Lakes Research Consortium, Great Lakes Commission, Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Novelis Corporation, and World Wildlife Federation.

Faculty member Jeffrey Schneider

Jeffery A. Schneider

My research group is interested in three areas listed below.  

  • carbohydrate analysis of precursors to fermented beverages
  • heavy metal analysis of contaminated soils
  • synthesis and heavy metal retention properties of novel synthetic-soil stationary phases