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Faculty Research Groups

This section contains links to faculty-maintained pages on research facilities and/or opportunities that aren't mantained by the University.


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Matthew Donahue

Dr. Matthew Donahue

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Research Areas: Biomedical research, drug development, organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms

Donahue Research Snapshot

Song Guo

Dr. Song Guo

Physical and Materials Chemistry

Research Areas: Functional nanomaterials, surface chemistry, organoelectronic materials and devices

Guo Research Snapshot

Faqing Huang 

Dr. Faqing Huang 

RNA Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Research Areas: Catalytic RNA, therapeutic RNA, bioorganic chemistry, synthetic metabolic pathway

Huang Research Snapshot

Jacques Kessl

Dr. Jacques Kessl

Biochemistry, Virology, Drug Discovery

Research Areas: Viral biomolecules interaction and drug discovery in HIV

Kessl Research Snapshot

Wujian Miao

Dr. Wujian Miao

Analytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry

Research Areas: Areas of analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, electroanalytical chemistry, surface chemistry, and bioanalytical chemistry

Miao Research Snapshot

Julie Pigza

Dr. Julie Pigza

Organic Synthesis and Catalysis

Areas of Expertise: Organic Synthesis, Catalysis, NMR Spectroscopy, and Computational Chemistry

Pigza Research Snapshot

Vijay Rangachari

Dr. Vijay Rangachari

Protein Biophysics, amyloids and protein aggregation

Research Areas: Amyloid aggregation in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, intrinsically disordered proteins in norm and pathology

Rangachari Research Snapshot

Karl Wallace

Dr. Karl Wallace

Inorganic and Supramolecular chemistry

Research Areas: Optical sensors for anions, cations and neutral compounds

Wallace Research Snapshot

Graduate Students

Fall 2019: Graduate Students

Meet our Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Students and see their photos

Fall 2019: New Graduate
Join us in welcoming our new Graduate Students joining Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Our internationally-recognized researchers in computational mathematics are developing cutting-edge simulation techniques for use in high-performance computing environments. These algorithms serve a wide variety of real-world applications, ranging from medical imaging to petroleum reservoir engineering to national defense. Our faculty also bring expertise from mathematical physics, chaos theory, symbolic computation, celestial mechanics, and graph theory.  

We collaborate with researchers at institutions such as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers R&D Center and the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory and at universities around the world. These collaborations foster opportunities for rewarding careers, both inside and outside of academia, as well as external funding that enables students to focus on their research.

CS Chen

CS Chen

Numerical partial differential equations

Jiu Ding

Jiu Ding

Ergodic Theory, Frobenius-Perron Operators

Karen Kohl

Karen Kohl

Symbolic computation

James Lambers

James Lambers

Numerical analysis

Sungwook Lee

Sungwook Lee

Geometry and Physics

Bernard Schroeder

Bernd Schröder

Ordered Sets, Graph Theory

Anna Wan

Anna Wan

Mathematics Education, Digital Manufacturing

Zhifu Xie

Zhifu Xie 

N-body problems, undergraduate research

Other Mathematics faculty who also pursue research and/or direct student research include:


John Harris

Skein Modules


Haiyan Tian

Numerical Analysis



Physics and Astronomy is working to develop broad capabilities in laser and optical physics to enhance its educational and research activities.

  • Currently funded research supports the development of optical devices, and optical materials, and the application of lasers for sensitive spectroscopic measurements.
  • A collaborative research project with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Mississippi State University focuses on the development of small, portable isotopic analysis devices for environmental and security applications based primarily on the use of diode laser technology for high sensitivity environmental measurements of elements such as uranium and plutonium.
  • Physics and Astronomy also participates in the recently funded Response-Driven Polymeric Films Center, an NSF funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, to develop holographically formed polymer dispersed liquid crystals for applications such as Bragg gratings, photonic crystals, hyperspectral filters, and etc.


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Speaker Seminar Series

Each fall and spring, chemistry and biochemistry hosts a series of seminars by outside speakers on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., normally in TEC 106.

Graduate Student Seminar Series

Graduate students in chemistry and biochemistry are required to make a public presentation of their research each year on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m., usually in TEC 106. These often include prospectus, thesis, or dissertation defenses. Everyone in the unit is strongly encouraged to attend these seminars to learn about ongoing research and to support the students.


Mathematics Colloquium
The Department hosts a weekly colloquium on Fridays at 2 p.m., usually in Southern Hall, room 303.


Research Experience for Undergraduates


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Funded by NSF, this “Sensing and assembly based on non-covalent interactions” program will provide the participating REU students an extensive 10-week summer Chemistry and Biochemistry research experience (May 24 – July 30) at USM. 

Register for Summer 2021