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Meet Chemistry's New Faculty

In recent years, the Department of Chemistry had added five new faculty with a sixth new chemist joining the faculty ranks for Fall 2017.

Ryan Bailey 
Robert A. Gregg Professor of Chemistry

Bailey joined the department in 2016 from University of Illinois. His research is centered in bioanalytical chemistry and chemical biology.

Learn more on the Bailey Research Group site.

Aaron Frank
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics

Frank's research see,s to develop and deploy integrative modeling tools to elucidate the structure and dynamics of important biological molecules to determine the relationship among structure, dynamics, and function. He was a UM Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and joined the assistant professor ranks in 2016.

Frank Group website

Sarah Keane
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics

Keane joined the faculty in winter 2017. Her work seeks to uncover the mechanisms and functional roles of ncRNAs in disease progression using a combination of biomolecular NMR and other biophysical and structural tools.

Keane Lab site

Kristin Koutmou, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Koutmou joined the faculty in fall 2016. Work in her lab seeks to unlock the ‘RNA epigenetic code’ by uncovering how post-transcriptional modifications alter mRNA structure, translation, and stability, and identifying how the ribonucleoprotein content of different mRNAs is controlled by their modification status. 

Koutmou Profile  

Ginger Shultz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Shultz conducts educational research aimed at understanding the teaching and learning of college level chemistry. She was a UM Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and became an assistant professor in 2016.

Shultz Research Group

Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Joined the faculty for the fall 2017 semester. She leads a research laboratory that is focused on elucidating the molecular details of how light-absorbing pigments are built and modified. She comes to UM from MIT where she was a HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow. Her PhD is from Texas A&M with advisor, David P. Barondeau. Her undergraduate degree is from Central Michigan University.

Bridwell-Rabb Lab