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Amelia Fuller

Amelia Fuller
Amelia A. Fuller

Clare Booth Luce Associate Professor

Degree Information

B.S. Davidson College, 2001
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2006


organic, bioorganic chemistry


Aims to develop new methods for the synthesis and structural analysis of organic peptidomimetic-molecules for potential application as diagnostic agent, sensors, and therapeutics.

  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2017)
  • Bernard Hubbard, S.J. Creative Collaboration Award (2016)
  • Clare Boothe Luce Professorship (2008-2015)
  • Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation
  • NSF Grant: "CAREER: Expanding the Structural Complexity and Functional Repertoire of Sequence-Specific Polyamide Oligomers."  (2011-2016)
  • The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Faculty Start-up Award (2008-2012)
  • Research Corp for Science Advancement Cottrell College Science Award (2010-2012)
  • SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society Faculty Research Grant (2010-2011)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (2007-2008)
A brief interview with Dr. Fuller

What attracted you to Santa Clara University?
I was impressed by the students I met with when I visited. They embrace the active research culture in the department to expand their learning outside of the classroom. Their successes reflect the commitment of the SCU faculty to integrate teaching and research.

Why did you choose to focus on your particular specialty/research project/field of interest?
I am interested in making molecules that are useful tools to probe biological processes. Bioorganic chemistry allows me to work on small molecule synthesis, but also to make use of those molecules in relevant biological contexts.

In your opinion, what is the most interesting development in chemistry in the past 10 years?
I am excited by the growing trend to focus on whole systems rather than their individual components as evidenced by the growing “-omics” fields, including genomics, proteomics, glycomics, etc. Many chemical tools have proved to be very useful in studying these systems.

  • Organic Chemistry I  (Chem 31)  Syllabus
  • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 32)
  • Organic Chemistry III (Chem 33)
  • Fuller, A. A.; Huber, J.; Tenorio, K.; Hough, S.; Dowell, K. M. A Peptoid Supramolecular Host for Benzo[a]pyrene in Water. Supramolecular Chemistry 2018, 115-123.
  • Scott, W. L.; Samaritoni, J. G.; O’Donnell, M. J.; Dounay, A. B; Fuller, A. A.; Dave, P. S.; Sanchez, J. M.; Tiano, D. G.; Rivera, D. G. Ernest Eliel Workshop – US and Cuba Collaboration in Chemistry Education and Neglected Disease Drug Discovery. Book chapter in ACS Book: Stereochemistry and Global Connectivity: The Legacy of Ernest Eliel. 2017.
  • Heemstra, J.; Waterman, R.; Antos, J.; Beuning, P.; Bur, S.; Columbus, L.; Feig, A.; Fuller, A.; Gillmore, J.; Leconte, A.; Londergan, C.; Pomerantz, W.; Prescher, J.; Stanley, L. Throwing away the cookbook: implementing course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in chemistry. In ACS Symposium Series: Educational and Outreach Projects from the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative. 2017.
  • Calkins, A. L.; Yin, J.; Rangel, J. L.; Landry, M. R.; Fuller, A. A.; Stokes, G. Y. A Thermodynamic Description of the Adsorption of Simple Water-Soluble Peptoids to Silica. Langmuir, 2016, 32, 11690–11697.
  • Fuller, A. A. Combinatorial Solid-Phase Synthesis of Aromatic Oligoamides: A Research- Based Laboratory Module for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93, 953-957.
  • Fuller, A. A.; Yurash, B. A.; Schaumann, E. N.; Seidl, F. J. "Self-Association of Water-Soluble Peptoids Comprising (S)-N-1-(Naphthylethyl)glycine Residues. Organic Letters, 2013, 15, 5118-5121.
  • Fuller, A. A.; Holmes, C. A.; Seidl, F. J. "A Fluorescent Peptoid pH Sensor". Biopolymers (Peptide Science),2013, 100, 380-386.
  • Fuller, A. A.; Seidl, F. J.; Bruno, P. A.; Plescia, M. A.; Palla, K. S. Use of the environmentally sensitive fluorophore 4-N,N-dimethylamino-1,8-naphthalimide to study peptoid helix structures. Peptide Science2011, 96, 627-638.
  • Pace, C. J.; Huang, Q.; Wang, F.; Palla, K. S.; Fuller, A. A.; Gao, J. A FlAsH-Tetracysteine Assay for Quantifying Orientation of Transmembrane a-Helices. Chembiochem 2011, 12, 1018-1022.
  • Fuller, A. A.; Du, D.; Liu, F.; Davoren, J. E.; Bhabha, G.; Kroon, G.; Case, D. A.; Dyson, H. J.; Powers, E. T.; Wipf, P.; Gruebele, M.; Kelly, J. W. "Evaluating b-Turn Mimics as b-Sheet Folding Nucleators."Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2009
  • Aminoff, D.; Bochar, D. A.; Fuller, A. A.; Mapp, A. K.; Hollis, Showalter, H. D. H.; Kirchhoff, P. D. "Research into Selective Biomarkers of Erythrocyte Exposure to Organophosphorus Compounds." Analytical Biochemistry 2009, 392, 155-161.
  • Fuller, A. A.; Du, D.; Liu, F; Davoren, J. E.; Bhabha, G.; Kroon, G.; Case, D. A.; Dyson, H. J.; Powers, E. T.; Wipf, P.; Gruebele, M.; Kelly, J. W.; Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences2009, 106, issue 27, pp. 11067-11072
  • Liu, F.; Du, D.; Fuller, A. A.; Davoren, J. E.; Wipf, P.; Kelly, J. W.; Gruebele, M. “An experimental survey of the transition between two-state and downhill protein folding scenarios.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 2008, 105, 2369-2374.
  • Jäger, M.; Dendle, G.; Fuller, A. A.; Kelly, J. W. “A Trp-Trp pair mediated stabilization of a WW domain”Protein Science 2007, 16, 2306-2313.
  • Fuller, A. A.; Chen, B.; Minter, A. R.; Mapp, A. K. “Succinct Synthesis of b-Amino Acids via Chiral Isoxazolines.” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2005, 127, 5376-5383.