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  • Valerie C. Pierre

    Associate Professor

    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, MRI contrast agents
    • Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, sensor design, cellular and molecular imaging, MRI contrast agents
    • Chemical Biology, protein crystallography
    • Organic Chemistry
    • B.S. Engineer’s Diploma, Ecole Superieure de Chimie, Lyon, 2001
    • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2005 (Kenneth N. Raymond)
    • Post Doctorate California Institute of Technology, 2005-2007 (Jacqueline K. Barton)
    Office: 237 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

Our group employs coordination and supramolecular chemistry to solve medical and environmental problems. We exploit siderophores, natural products synthesized by bacteria to chelate iron, as new diagnostic and theranostic tools for bacterial infections. We design and synthesize analogues of these natural products that can rapidly detect, quantify and identify bacteria in complex media. We also design new antimicrobial agents that function via novel mechanisms. As part of our environmental efforts, we are designing new complexes, supramolecular receptors and polymeric membranes that can catch pollutants from lakes and rivers. Our current goal is to design new tools that can economically remove phosphates and nitrates from surface water contaminated with agricultural run-offs.

Professor Pierre graphic on fighting bacterial infections
Fighting bacterial infections with siderophores.
Professor Pierre graphics on phosphate research.
Removing phosphates and nitrates from polluted water.

Honors and Awards

  • Edward I. Stiefel award in Bioinorganic Chemistry, 2012
  • National Science Foundation CAREER, 2012
  • Earle C. Anthony Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2002-2003
  • Rhône-Alpes Fellowship, France, 2000-2001
  • Leonardo Fellowship, European Union, 1999-2000

Mailing Address

  • Valerie C. Pierre, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • B-13, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431