10/11/18 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Student Seminar Series: Professor David M. Chenoweth
Student Seminar Series
In Professor Chenoweth's laboratory, researchers combine new and established synthetic methods to prepare molecules designed to address two important and interrelated goals. First, they are interested in new molecules that can modulate nucleic acid and protein structure and function. The second goal is to develop new materials with unique optical and electronic properties. A material’s properties are defined not only by the arrangement of atoms at the molecular level but by the interaction between these molecules in solution (association) or in the solid state (packing). Both of throse research goals are intimately linked through organic chemistry and molecular recognition. Researchers are poised to make fundamental discoveries that could impact some of societies most challenging problems in fields ranging from medicine to energy.
Professor Chenoweth received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1999. During his time at IUPUI, he performed undergraduate research with Professor David Nurok working on a new chromatographic instrument for planar electrochromatography. After graduation, he completed an internship in organic chemistry at Dow AgroSciences prior to joining the Discovery Chemistry Research department at Eli Lilly in 2000. While working with Thomas Britton, Ph.D., at Eli Lilly, Chenoweth developed a passion for organic chemistry and headed to the California Institute of Technology in 2003 to pursue a doctorate degree. In Professor Peter B. Dervan's group, he worked on synthetic, biological, and structural studies of DNA minor-groove binding polyamides. Chenoweth received the Caltech Chemistry Department's Herbert Newby McCoy Ph.D. thesis award for outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry. After graduation in 2009, he moved to the Massechusetts Institute of Technology to work with Professor Timothy Swager as a National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Fellow focusing on the synthesis of new materials for chemical sensing. Chenoweth was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group in the Perelman School of Medicine in 2013, and in the Bioengineering Graduate Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2013. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2017.