Chemistry & Biochemistry

Gulnar Rawji

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Areas of expertise

Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. 




Education

Ph. D., Boston University 1985
BS, Simmons College 1976

Teaching Philosophy


Courses: Spring 2014

Chemistry Literature Seminar
Metals in Medicine
Chemistry Laboratory Research Capstone
Methods in Lab Research

Previous Courses

Bioinorganic Chemistry, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, General Chemistry I & II, Chemistry Appreciation

Research

Synthesis, characterization, and investigation of DNA binding properties of transition metal complexes with intercalating ligands, particularly those of platinum and ruthenium.

Publications

"The Importance of Pt(II) Assisted Pt(IV) Substituion for the Oxidation of Guanosine Derivatives by Pt(IV) Complexes?;  S. Choi, L. Vastag, J. G. DellaRocca, M. L. Personick, Y. C. Larrabee, K. B. Schaberg, B. J. Fowler, J. A. Bogart, R. K. Sandwick, G. Rawji; Inorganic Chemistry, 2008; 47(4), 1352.

"Guided Inquiry Activities on coordination chemistry?; Foundations of Chemistry: Applying POGIL Principles, 2nd Edition, David Hanson; Pacific Crest (2006). (Three in the workbook & two on accompanying CD).

"Preparation & characterization of vanadyl complexes with bidentate maltol-type ligands; in vivo comparisons of anti-diabetic therapeutic potential"; K. H. Thompson, B. D. Laboiron, Y. Sun, K. D. D. Bellman, I. A. Setyawati, B. O. Patrick, V. Karunaratne, G. Rawji, J. Wheeler, K. Sutton, S. Bhanot, C. Cassidy, J. H. McNeill, V. G. Yuen and C. Orvig; J. Biol. Inorg. Chem. 8, (2003) 66-74.

"Synthesis and Solution Studies of Complexes of Pyrone Analogue Ligands with Vanadium(IV) and Vanadium(V)?; B. Song, K. Saatchi, G. H. Rawji & C. Orvig; Inorganica Chimica Acta, 339, (2002), 393-399.

"Cobalt(III)-Promoted Hydrolysis of 4-Nitrophenyl Phosphate: The Role of Dinuclear Species"; G. H. Rawji, M. Yamada, N. P. Sadler, & R. M. Milburn; Inorganica Chimica Acta, 303, 168 (2000).


Seminars & Presentations

Presentations (2005-present)

  

"Platinum(II)-based metallointercalators of DNA" T. Nguyen & G. Rawji, 239th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA. (March 2010).

"Interaction of dichloro(dipyridylquinoxaline)platinum(II) with DNA" C. Frtiz, T. Nguyen, G. Rawji, & S. Loudwig, 237th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Salt Lake City, UT. (March 2009).

   "DNA binding of a tris chelate ruthenium(II) complex with an asymmetric ligand", J. Borgstrom, C. Fritz, L. Vastag, S Choi & G. Rawji; Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. (August 2007)

   "Kinetics and mechanism of the bonding of Pt anticancer drugs to DNA nucleotides and oligomers", K. Schaburg, B. Fowler, L. Vastag, S. Choi & G. Rawji; Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. (August 2007)

   "Synthesis, purification, and characterization of ruthenium(III)-inosine complex, and preliminary studies of its autoxidation reaction", B. Fowler, J. Bogart, K. Shaburg, S. Choi & G. Rawji; Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. (August 2007)

   "Interaction of Ruthenium(III) complex of Schiff base ligand with DNA", M. Z. Foote, B. Kumar & G. Rawji; 231st Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Atlanta, Georgia. (March 2006).

   "The synthesis and characterization of a Ru(III) complex and its interaction with DNA: An interdisciplinary, project-based bioinorganic chemistry laboratory experiment", M. Z. Foote, C. M. Maypole, B. Kumar, & G. Rawji; 230th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C. (August 2005).

   "Synthesis & characterization of mixed ligand complexes of Ru(II) with DNA binding properties", B. Kumar & G. Rawji; 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, California (March 2005).

   "DNA binding studies of [Ru(sal-phen)Cl2]", C. Maypole, M. Zewail-Foote & G. Rawji; 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, California (March 2005).


Groups & Affiliations

American Chemical Society, Council for Undergraduate Research, AAUP