Biochemistry Research Faculty

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has multiple faculty members who have won a variety of prestigious awards related to research, teaching, scholarship and service as well as a wealth of experience in the field of biochemistry. Their interests involve several different types of biological macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, multiple facets of biochemistry such as kinetics and thermodynamics, and employ a wide variety of current instrumentation including several spectroscopy and mass spectrometry approaches.These research groups focus on current biochemical and medical problems, such as Covid-19, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, pain pathways and frontotemporal dementia. Like all faculty in our department, these professors directly mentor undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of research projects. The outcomes of these research projects have manifested as numerous publications and presentations with authors that are graduate and, in many cases, undergraduate students.

Dr. Michael CascioDr. Michael Cascio

Associate Professor

The Cascio lab group studies how membrane protein receptors and channels in nerve cells work. They are currently developing new mass spectrometry-based tools to complement other established methods to improve our understanding of the movement in these proteins that allows them to work correctly.

Dr. Jeffrey EvanseckDr. Jeffrey Evanseck

Professor, Lambert F. Minucci Endowed Chair in Engineering and Computational Sciences

The research interests of the Evanseck lab involve theoretical biophysical and physical organic chemistry via computational approaches, while also connecting theoretical and experimental outcomes.

Dr. Rita MihailescuDr. Rita Mihailescu


The Mihailescu research group employs a variety of biophysical and biochemical techniques to investigate proteins, nucleic acids, and protein-nucleic acid interactions.

Dr. David SeybertDr. David Seybert


The Seybert lab group uses spectroscopic techniques to investigate the effects of macromolecular crowding on the kinetics of various enzymes in order to better understand their activities in a realistic cellular environment.