School of Science at IUPUI Adds Experts in Enzymology and Bioanalysis to Chemistry Faculty

Release Date: 
Sep 6 2012
Nigel Richards(INDIANAPOLIS) The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) proudly announces the appointment of three new faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Nigel Richards, Ph.D., joins the department as professor of chemistry and faculty chairman. Lisa Jones, Ph.D., has been hired as an assistant professor of chemistry, specializing in bioanalytical chemistry. Tamiko Porter, Ph.D., joins the department as a lecturer in general chemistry.

Richards, who comes to IUPUI after a 20-year a career at the University of Florida, brings a national reputation as a scholar and researcher in the fields of experimental and computational enzymology. He has expertise and research interests in understanding the structure and mechanism of enzymes that may be significant for the development of new therapies to treat cancer and other diseases.

“Clearly there is an energy and excitement among the faculty and administration at IUPUI,” Richards said. “The department, although small, has a great balance of experienced researchers and teachers along with a talented group of junior faculty. I really think we can do some innovative things.”

Richards earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cambridge University in 1984. He started his academic career as a lecturer at Southhampton University in England before taking a position as an assistant professor at the University of Florida in 1990.

Lisa Jones, Ph.D.

Jones is a biochemist with expertise in analytical and biophysical methods that characterize protein interactions in macromolecular complexes. Her research uses mass spectrometry to investigate the structure and function relationship of viral proteins.

Lisa JonesShe said she hopes to develop a graduate level course in mass spectrometry at IUPUI, while also mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in meaningful research experiences. She is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

“I believe it is important for undergraduates to have a research experience. The opportunity for them to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real world problems, not standard systems used in lab classes, is invaluable,” she said. 

Before coming to IUPUI, Jones taught anatomy and physiology at Missouri College. Her research has been published in Analytical Chemistry and Protein Science. She has presented at conferences and universities on several topics, including the structural biology of macromolecules, protein footprinting and proteomics.

Jones earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry and her M.S. in chemistry from Georgia State University. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Syracuse University in New York. She also served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University and in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Tamiko Porter, Ph.D.

Porter joins the department as a lecturer in chemistry with several years of experience teaching both general chemistry and biochemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Tamiko PorterShe earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas A & M University, where her research focused on protein structures and function. She also has a B.S. in biochemistry from Michigan State University.

Porter began as a research assistant with the Department of Chemistry at Texas A & M before moving to its Department of Veterinary Pathobiology as a postdoctoral research associate. She joined the chemistry department again as a visiting professor and later an associate professor.

Porter is a member of the American Chemical Society. Her research has been published in Biochemistry and she has presented her work at several conferences and symposiums on the topics of enzymes and bioinorganic chemistry. 

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