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Ronald E. Strothkamp

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Degrees

PHD, 1977, Columbia University; MPH, 1975, Columbia University; BS, 1971, CUNY City Coll


Bio

Research Interests: Structure and Mechanism of Action of Metalloenzymes

Tyrosinase is a copper-containing enzyme capable of carrying out both oxygen insertion reactions and oxidation reactions. Studies are focusing on the mechanism of oxygen insertion. The enzyme will convert various phenolic compounds to catechols, using molecular oxygen as an oxygen source. Since O2 itself is unreactive, the enzyme must be creating an intermediate capable of attacking the phenolic ring. The nature of this intermediate is currently under investigation.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BCHM 162 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOCHEMISTRY Undergraduate
CHEM 003A (NS) GENERAL CHEMISTRY I Undergraduate
CHEM 003B (NS) GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I Undergraduate
CHEM 004A (NS) GENERAL CHEMISTRY II Undergraduate
CHEM 004B (NS) GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II Undergraduate
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