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Faculty Appointments to the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Release Date: 
Sep 8 2010

The School of Science at IUPUI proudly announces the appointment of two assistant professors to the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.

Jinzhi Pu

Jinzhi Pu

Rajesh Sardar

Rajesh Sardar

Jinzhi Pu joins the IUPUI Chemistry & Chemical Biology department as an assistant professor after completing nearly five years of post-doctoral training at Harvard University. While at Harvard, he served as a research associate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Prior to this assignment, he was a teaching assistant, research assistant and research associate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research, which focuses heavily on using computer simulations to understand how biomolecular motors work, is closely tied to the life sciences and has implications for rational design of new drugs that may treat a variety of diseases associated with these tiny motors. At IUPUI, Pu aims to develop an interdisciplinary research program centered on theoretical/computational chemistry.

Dr. Pu earned his B.S. in chemistry from Peking University in Beijing, China and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

Rajesh Sardar joins the IUPUI Chemistry & Chemical Biology department as an assistant professor after completing his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior his fellowship in Chapel Hill, Sardar served as a faculty intern at the University of Utah. Sardar’s research, studying the fundamental wide range of nanomaterials could lead to the uncovering of alternative energy sources and treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Interested in all aspects of teaching, he believes strongly in opening his laboratory to undergraduates eager to learn and participate in cutting-edge research.

Dr. Sardar earned his B.S. in chemistry from The University of Calcutta, in India, his M.S. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, and his doctorate in chemistry from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, where he also served as a graduate research assistant. With more than a dozen journal publications, Sardar has co-authored four papers with undergraduate students including the cover highlights in a reputable international journal. “The appointment of these faculty members reinforces the department’s commitment to carry out cutting edge research and to provide a stimulating and productive environment for the education of future scientists,” says Dr. Jay Siegel, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.

Learn more about these professors at: http://science.iupui.edu/people/2010-2011-faculty

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