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Department News Highlights:

  • Matt King and Owen McDougal
    New Publication

    New Publication out by Dr. Matt King and Dr. Owen McDougal. Read more...

  • Sammy Walker
    Student Spotlight

    Samantha Walker Recognized at ACS National Meeting.

  • Don Warner Portrait
    Faculty Achievement

    Dr. Don Warner Selected as 2017 Boise State Foundation Scholar for Teaching. Read more....

  • Matt King and Owen McDougal
    New Publication

    Dr. Rao Kondamudi and Jacob Smith Published in American Journal of Potato Research. Read more...

  • Image of Romaric Mukuna with his conference poster
    Student Spotlight

    Romaric Mukuna wins at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Read more...

  • Matthew King
    Faculty Achievement

    Dr. Matt King Recognized by the American Chemical Society Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. Read more...

Congratulations, Chemistry Graduating Class of Spring 2017!

chemistry seniors class of 2017








2016-2017 Award Winners

Merck Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior: Samantha Walker
Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award: Rebekah Rozowski
Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry: Troy Salisbury
Award for Excellence in Biochemistry: Gary Dunn
Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry: Jenny Fothergill
Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry: Jesus Gonzalez
ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry: Yume Mai

Welcome, New Research Scientists!

The Boise State Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes two new research scientists, Dr. Shibani Basu and Dr. Karen Smith.

Shibani Basu

Dr. Shibani Basu was born and raised in a small town in India and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry, focusing on Analytical Chemistry, from the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur. Before joining the Boise State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, she acted as a post-doctoral research at Ghent University in Belgium and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Basu specializes in the isolation and molecular analysis of natural products, green-synthesis of nanoparticles, and analytical process validation for medicinal application. She will be working on research projects with Dr. Owen McDougal and has plans to perform research regarding process and product development in the food industries. This would involve protocol standardization for instruments used in analytical validation. Her research efforts would support various projects across industry, academia, and government.

She has always had an attraction to all forms of sciences. Chemistry appealed to her most because of its diversity and universality in forming the basis of all forms of life on Earth. Her interest in chemistry focuses on bio-molecular chemistry/medicinal chemistry.

Boise State University’s great academic merit and quality research labs, along with Boise’s peaceful outdoor setting, are what drew Basu here. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, visiting new places, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Basu is looking forward to establishing cross-disciplinary collaborations with her colleagues at Boise State University and working to expand university relationships with regional industrial partners.

Karen Smith

Dr. Karen Smith was a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD before joining the Boise State Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State University, and has a dual-title Ph.D. in Geosciences and Biogeochemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Smith specializes in Analytical Chemistry and will be working on research projects with Dr. Michael Callahan, whom she worked with at NASA for almost a decade. The aim of Smith’s research is to understand the chemistry of nitrogen heterocycles under plausibly prebiotic conditions. She is also interested in the synthesis and evolution of organic compounds in extraterrestrial materials and how these compounds may have participated in prebiotic chemistry.

She began her journey into chemistry in a pre-vet program; she took chemistry courses to fulfill the requirements of the program and realized that she liked chemistry much better. Eventually, she pursued research because she was interested in the origin of the genetic code.

Originally being from the state of Washington, Dr. Smith wanted to return to the Pacific Northwest after completing her postdoc, which led her to Boise State University. Her hobbies include baking, gardening, and spending time with family.

Dr. Smith is excited to continue research and to work with students at Boise State University.


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