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  • Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran

    Assistant Professor

    • Chemical Biology, Metalloenzymes, Small-molecule discovery, Protein engineering
    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Catalysis
    • B.S. St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 2009
    • M.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 2011 (Siddharth Pandey)
    • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 (Yi Lu)
    • Post Doctorate Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Post-doctoral Fellow (Michelle Arkin)
    Office: 468B Kolthoff Hall

Principal Research Interests

My research group seeks to combine inorganic techniques of metalloenzyme characterization along with cutting-edge chemical biology methods to identify, explore and target “druggable” redox-active metalloenzymes. We will elucidate structure-function relations in redox-active metalloenzymes and apply this knowledge towards the development of novel drug lead compounds. We will also utilize the insights gathered from these studies to design new biocatalysts with high efficiency and broad substrate scope. 

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Honors and Awards

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award, 2017
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018 (declined)
  • Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship, 2016-18
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2014-2015
  • ACS Chemical Biology Travel Award, 2015
  • Eastman Travel Award, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2015
  • Harry S. Drickamer Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2014
  • University Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2013-14
  • Virginia Bartow Fellowship, Department of Chemistry, UIUC, 2011-12
  • Highest GPA Award, Department of Chemistry, IIT, Delhi, 2011
  • DFG fellowship to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Conference, 2009
  • Project Oriented Chemical Education Fellowship, JNCASR, Bangalore, 2007-09
  • Young Science Fellowship, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2007-08 (declined)
  • The Sumitomo-St. Stephen’s College Scholarship, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, 2006-09

Mailing Address

  • Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-7, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431