My research focuses on understanding the molecular and physical origins of planetary systems such as our own.  By using clues from interstellar molecular emission, I study young planetary systems in formation around low-mass stars, i.e. protoplanetary disks: the very materials from which planets, comets, and other solar system bodies eventually form. 


Biosystems often exhibit subpopulations with phenotypic heterogeneity, as part of their adaptation strategy to genetic and environmental influences. Stratifying this heterogeneity can lead to precision medicine-based approaches for disease diagnostics and for screening subjects towards advanced therapeutics.


Alicia Frantz is an instructor for Organic Chemistry lecture. She earned a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She is currently focusing on implementation of guided inquiry based learning in courses with large enrollment. Attending a large school herself, Alicia understands the importance for dedicating more of class time to group work and evidence-based techniques than the traditional lecturing.


Chemical Biology; Fluorescence and Bioluminescence Imaging; Protein Engineering


The Zhang group focuses on developing well-defined nanostructured materials with controls at atomic levels for highly efficient energy conversion and chemical transformation. We are interested in a broad range of nanomaterials systems, including single-component nanoparticles (NPs), multi-component heterostructured NPs, self-assembled NPs superlattices, and other complex nanoscale architectures.


Professor Lindsay Wheeler is the instructor for the Teaching Methods courses for undergraduate and graduate TAs in the chemistry, physics, biology, and astronomy departments, with the goal of expanding these courses to all STEM departments at the University. She worked with Dr. Charles Grisham to redesign the General Chemistry laboratory curricula (Chem 1411/1611/1421/1621) to a project-based guided inquiry approach where students work collaboratively to design, implement, analyze, and communicate their approach to solving a real-world problem. Dr.


Professor Kevin Welch is interested in developing curricula for undergraduate instruction in general chemistry and organic chemistry.  In particular, his focus is on updating these courses to accommodate the diverse educational background in chemistry of the students enrolling in chemistry at the University of Virginia, as well as providing a strong chemical foundation for the students as they continue on in their educational and post-educational careers in a variety of fields.  In the past, he has taught undergraduate courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, en


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