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Emily C. Mundorff

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Degrees

PHD, 2000, Univ Calif Berkeley; BA, 1996, Vassar Coll


Bio

Research Interests

My research aims to alter or improve an enzyme's native activity through knowledge-based enzyme design. I synthesize information gathered from crystal structures, homologous enzymes, and computational predictions to identify mutations that will alter or improve upon the enzyme's native activity. Enzyme design has practical applications in the biofuel, chemical, bioremediation, and agricultural industries that may all benefit from highly selective enzymes for novel substrates. In addition, there are also many fundamental questions to be answered regarding how enzymes generate new functions. Do they need to be generalists that work with many substrates and then with selective pressure become specialists, or may a specialist switch specificity completely to a new substrate? A better understanding of the malleability of enzymes will help shed light on how nature evolves new functions.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BCHM 162 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOCHEMISTRY Undergraduate
BCHM 163 BIO-ORG CHEM OF METABOLISM Undergraduate
BCHM 173 EXPERIMENTAL BIOCHEM Undergraduate
BCHM 176 BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR Undergraduate
BCHM 182 BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH Undergraduate
BCHM 183 BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH Undergraduate
BCHM 183H HONORS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Undergraduate
CHEM 002A INTRO TO CHEMISTRY Undergraduate
CHEM 003A (NS) GENERAL CHEMISTRY I Undergraduate
CHEM 005 RECITATION IN GENERAL CHEM Undergraduate
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