Biochemistry research at Georgia State University involves understanding and evaluating chemistry and its application to the structure and composition of living organisms and their chemical reactions and relationships. Our faculty are involved in research that includes the study of molecular biology, enzymology, metabolic pathways and biochemical structures and sequences and includes the following specific research areas: mechanistic enzymology of redox enzymes, with a specific interest in flavin-dependent enzymes; heme uptake by pathogenic bacteria; chemical properties of biomolecules using an interdisciplinary approach that extends into the fields of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and molecular biology; transition of metal-containing proteins and protein-based free radicals and their medical relevance using a combination of biochemical, genetic, structural and biophysical spectroscopic tools; and the chemical, biological, material and environmental role of calcium and calcium binding proteins.

Biochemistry Chemistry Faculty


Dr. Dabney Dixon Professor and Director of STEM Education Initiatives, Analytical Chemistry
A.B. (1971): Brown University
Ph.D. (1976) : Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral Fellowship (1977-1978): University of California, San Diego


Dr. Giovanni Gadda Distinguished University Professor, Biochemistry
B.Sc. (1989): University of Milan, Italy
Ph.D. (1995) : University of Milan, Italy
Postdoctoral Research Associate (1995-2000) : Texas A&M University


Dr. Kathryn Grant Professor,  Biochemistry/Bioinorganic Chemistry and Graduate Biochemistry Advisor
B.A. (1980): New York University
B.S. (1989): SUNY at Purchase
M.A. (1990) : Columbia University
M.Phil. (1993) : Columbia University
Ph.D. (1994) : Columbia University
NIH Fellowship (1994-1997) : California Institute of Technology


Ming Luo

Dr. Ming Luo Professor, Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry
B.S. Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 1982
Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1987


Dr. Gigi Ray Biochemistry and Faculty Advisor for Chemistry Honors Students and STEM Summer Programs
A.B. (1985): Bryn Mawr College
M.A. (1987): Princeton University
Ph.D. (1992): Princeton University

Dr. Jenny Yang

Dr. Jenny Yang Professor, Associate Director for the Center for Therapeutics and Diagnostics
Biochemistry and Biophysics
1992: Ph.D., Florida State University
1992-1993: Research Fellow, Syntex Discovery Research
1993-1995: OCMS Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
1995-1996: Harford Research Fellow of MB&B, Yale University


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