Research Labs

Research labs at Brandeis University

You can best learn about current research groups in the Chemistry Department by exploring individual faculty members' pages. The following brief descriptions of several groups may serve to get you started. But note that this is not a comprehensive list.

  • Nonlinear Dynamics Group: (Irving Epstein) Covers oscillatory chemical reactions, spatial pattern formation, dynamical systems and neurobiology.
  • Solid State Reactions and Polymorphism of Molecular Crystals: contact Prof. Bruce Foxman for more information.
  • Hedstrom Laboratory: (Lizbeth Hedstrom) Uses approaches derived from both chemistry and biology to investigate molecular mechanisms of cellular biochemistry and physiology. Projects are organized around the themes of purine/pyrimidine metabolism and protease action and include problems in inhibitor design, protein engineering and cellular metabolism.
  • Herzfeld Group: (Judith Herzfeld) Primarily interested in force fields for efficiently simulating chemical reactions in complex media, control of water by gas vesicle proteins for buoyance in unicellular organisms, and active ion transport by membrane proteins for energy storage and homeostasis.
  • Krauss Research Group: (Isaac Krauss) Problems in organic synthesis and chemical biology. Our chemical biology program is directed at the design and synthesis of carbohydrate clusters which mimic important binding surfaces in biology.
  • Pochapsky Lab: (Thomas Pochapsky) Directed towards an understanding of non-covalent interactions in chemical and biochemical systems.
  • Petsko and Ringe Labs: (Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko) Interests are generally in the relationship of protein three-dimensional structure to chemical function. Research is focused on the modification of the catalytic properties of a number of pharmaceutically or industrially important enzymes.
  • Thomas Research Group: (Christine Thomas) Interests include Heterobimetallic complexes supported by phosphinoamide ligands, and Tridentate pincer-type ligands featuring a central cationic phosphenium donor.
  • Wade Lab: (Casey Wade) Seeks to interface molecular inorganic/organometallic chemistry and materials science with the goals of developing more effective catalysts for energy-relevant chemical transformations and materials for small molecule and ion separation.
  • Xu Group: (Bing Xu) Interdisciplinary integration of organic chemistry, materials science, surface chemistry, biochemistry, and nanotechnology to design new biofunctional materials, including nanomaterials, for the exploration in biomedicine (e.g., molecular drug delivery, cancer therapy, biomedical diagnostics, and biomimetics), and other fundamental problems in nanoscience and biological science.