Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign 2001
PhD Princeton University 2011
Postdoc Yale University 2011-2012
Dr. Chandler is an assistant professor of chemistry at Illinois College. He performed his postdoctoral work at Yale University with Scott Miller and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University working with Erik Sorensen. He teaches courses in organic chemistry and spectroscopic methods of analysis. His research is focused on the synthesis of small molecules that have unexplored anticancer properties. His lab is currently working on the preparation of xenitorin A, a compound produced in very limited supply by nature that selectively kills lung cancer cells. He hopes to provide access to this molecule and its relatives in order to understand and improve its potency. Dr. Chandler is interested in and encourages his students to engage people in scientific discussions and demonstrations that illustrate science’s impact on daily life. He is currently serving as the faculty advisor for the softball team.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Allegheny College 2002
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University 2009
Post Doc Emory University 2009- 2012
Post Doc Northwestern University 2012-2014
Dr. Gunderson teaches courses in inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy. His research interests are in the role of transition metals in oxygen-activating enzymes. These enzymes play essential roles in many biological processes and utilize oxygen to carry out reactions that are often unfavorable. To characterize the electronic state of metalloenzymes and to determine their reaction mechanisms Dr. Gunderson utilizes a multi-faceted approach that includes both kinetic and spectroscopic studies.
Zvi Pasman, Chair
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Duke University 1991
Ph.D. Duke University 1997
Post Doc University of Oregon 1998-2003
Dr. Pasman teaches Biochemistry I and II, Chemistry and Society, Chemistry Senior Seminar, Cell and Molecular Biology, Advanced Molecular Biology. Dr. Pasman is interested in the broad area of gene expression regulation. He studied how proteins and nucleic acids interact in the pre-mRNA splicing and RNA transcription systems. He also studied the synthesis and editing activities of pure alanyl-tRNA synthetase as a model system of biochemical catalysis. Dr. Pasman’s service to the College included chairing the Chemistry Department, the Institutional Review Board, and the Assessment Committee. He also served on the Retention, Promotion, and Tenure committee.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
BS Rhodes College 1991
Ph.D. Cornell University 1996
Dr. Spencer teaches the year-long courses sequences in General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. He also teaches a course in computational chemistry.
Dr. Spencer’s chemical analysis projects include metabolic profiling of plant tissues; this work is done in close collaboration with Biology faculty. His computational work includes modeling reaction energetics to gain support for probable catalytic mechanisms. Dr. Spencer also is interested in computing the effects of surface defects on the reaction of molecular hydrogen with silicon.
Dr. Spencer’s has served the College in many capacities: as chair of Chemistry, on the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, the Faculty Senate, and the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study group. With faculty from the natural and social sciences, he is working to build connections with research universities in Japan, focusing on the environment and sustainability.
BS Illinois College 2002
BS University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana 1976