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Korin Wheeler

Korin Wheeler

Associate Professor

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Degree Information
B.A. New College of Florida, Chemistry 

Ph.D., Northwestern University, Bioinorganic Chemistry
biochemistry, nanomaterials, bioinorganic chemistry

Brief Research Description
Investigations of the environmental and human health implications of Nanomaterials. Specifically, use biochemical and proteomic approaches to understand the interactions of nanoparticles with biomolecules. 
University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, SEED grant sub-award from the National Science Foundation, 2014-2015 
Research Corp for Science Advancement Cottrell College Science Award, 2011-2013. 
Advanced Biosciences Initiative, W. F. Keck Foundation, 2011-2013 
  • Biochemistry I (Chem 141) Syllabus (PDF)
  • Biochemistry II (Chem 142)
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (Chem 101)
  • General Chemistry Lecture and Lab (Chem 11)
Recent Publications (SCU undergraduate co-authors annotated with an asterisk,*)
Freitas, D.N.*, Martinolich, A.J.*,Amaris, Z.N.*, Wheeler.K.E. "Beyond the passive interactions at the Nano-Bio interface: Evidence of Cu metalloprotein driven oxidative dissolution of silver nanoparticles" Journal of Nanobiotechnology2016, 14:7. DOI: 10.1186/s12951-016-0160-6.
Eigenheer, R., Castellanos, E.R.*, Nakamoto, M.Y.*, Gerner, K.T.*, Lampe, A.M.* Wheeler, K.E. Silver .Nanoparticle Protein Corona Composition Compared Across Engineered Particle Properties and Environmentally Relevant Reaction Conditions. Environmental Science: Nano,  2014, 1(3), 238-247
Featured on the back, front cover and highlighted as a "HOT article" by the journal.
Doku, R.T.; Park, G.*; Wheeler, K.E.; Splan, K.E.  Spectroscopic Characterization of Copper(I) Binding to Apo- and Metal-reconstituted Zinc Finger Peptides. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 1-10.DOI: 10.1007/s00775-013-1012-6
Martinolich, A.J.;* Park, G.;* Nakamoto, M.Y.;* Gate, R.E.;* Wheeler, K.E. Differential impact of silver nanoparticles and their dissolution ions on metalloprotein function. Environmental Science and Technology, 2012, 46 (11), 6355–6362.

Freitas, DN; Martinolich, AJ; Amaris, ZN; Wheeler, KE “Beyond the Passive Interactions at the Nano-bio Interface:  Evidence of Cu Metalloprotein-driven Oxidation Dissolution of Silver Nanoparticles” Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016, 14, 7.