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Dr. Suydam's teaching
interests included Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry and
how these topics overlap with the study of biological macromolecules.
Dr. Suydam's research group
is focused on the folding, structure and binding energetics of structured
RNAs. His group is currently
investigating small molecule binding in a class of structured RNAs responsible
for genetic regulation in bacteria. Dr.
Suydam's students combine the tools of synthetic organic chemistry,
biomolecular spectroscopy and electrostatic calculations to elucidate the
energetics of these binding events, with the goal of synthesizing tightly
binding metabolite analogs.
As an undergraduate at Bard
College Dr. Suydam concentrated in Chemistry and received a B.A. degree in
1998. Following a year as an Americorps
member he joined the lab of Steven G. Boxer at Stanford University, receiving a
Ph.D. in 2005 in Chemistry for his work on the measurement of electric fields in
an enzyme active site. He spent the
following four years investigating the mechanism of catalytic RNAs as a
post-doctoral fellow with Scott A. Strobel in the Department of Molecular
Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, then joined the faculty at
Seattle University in 2010.
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