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Rachael graduated from Novi High School in Novi, Michigan. Rachael completed their senior research project by developing a method of detecting blastomyces dermatitidis in soil using PCR. This study lays the foundation for further studying blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples from endemic regions in northern Michigan. Rachael is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Rachael recently was selected to go to MSU to train in qPCR techniques and assisted in their cow bacteroides project. Rachael plans to attend graduate school in the future to study biochemistry.

Rachael Cunningham
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Christopher Heth

Christopher Heth

Assistant Professor
B.S.E. 1999, Minot State University
B.A. 2004, Minot State University
Ph.D. 2010, North Dakota State University



Alexei Iretski, Ph.D

Alexei Iretski

Professor
M.S. 1981, St. Petersburg Institute of Technology
Ph.D. 1984, St. Petersburg Institute of Technology

 

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2002, Northern Michigan University
Ph.D. 2010, Michigan Technological University

 

Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2008, Arizona State University
M.S. 2010, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. 2013, University of Minnesota

 

Adam Mosey

Adam Mosey

Assistant Professor
B.S. 2003, Northern Michigan University
Ph.D. 2010, Michigan State University

 

Marshall Werner, Ph.D

Marshall Werner

Professor
B.S. 1993, Cornell University
Ph.D. 1998, University of Maryland, College Park

 

Derek Wright

Derek Wright

Associate Professor
B.S. 2001, Lake Superior State University
Ph.D. 2008, Rutgers University

 

Staff
Barbara Keller, Ph.D.

Barbara Keller

Dean, Professor
B.S. 1977, B.S. 1978, B.S. 1986, Idaho State University
Ph.D. 1995, Montana State University

 

Dave Myton, Ph.D

Dave Myton

Associate Provost, Professor
B.S. 1980, George Fox College
M.S.T., Ph.D. 1991, Portland State University

 

Benjamin Southwell

Benjamin Southwell

Environmental Analysis Laboratory Manager and Instrumentation Chemist
B.S. 2003, Lake Superior State University

 

Mary St. Antoine

Mary St. Antoine

Laboratory Manager
A.D. 1987, B.S. 1990, Lake Superior State University

 

Donna White

Donna White

Department Secretary (II)

 

 


  

"I can't tell you how much the chemistry faculty has helped me during the last couple of years. Tremendously is the word that comes to mind."

--David Beckman
Pre-pharmacy Graduate,
Attending Pharmacy School at Ferris State University

 

"I have especially enjoyed seeing undergraduates get involved in fairly high-powered research projects. Many of these projects are better than a typical master's thesis. For example, a former student of mine presented his data at a national meeting and was awarded the top student presentation. He was competing against numerous masters and graduate students at that meeting. LSSU's small size allows professors to work directly with motivated students and the faculty are truly interested in student success."

--Marshall Werner
Professor

 

Towards the Synthesis of a Guanidine- like Organo- catalyst

Rebecca Smrke

In the last decade, N-based heterocycles have surfaced as useful organocatalysts. With strong Lewis basicity, a rigid structure that allows for strong resonance, and electronic distribution, these catalysts become useful in both medicinal and industrial chemistry purposes. The desire to created new and unique cyclic guanidine catalysts has generated interest in this field. We proposed to synthesize cyclic guanidine catalysts through a short three step process: (1) alkylation of a commercial imidazoline, (2) annulations with the use of a β-aminocarboxylic acid under dehydrating conditions, and (3) thermal elimination. The first step, alkylation, was successfully completed. In step 2, the annulations reaction, there is evidence that it may have proceeded, but more research is needed to verify the result. As such, the final step of forming an organocatalyst, elimination, could not be completed. In the future, the reaction will be optimized to yield the desired product.

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